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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday Links is raisin' some chickens, y'all!

+This is far from a new idea, but I think it's hilarious that this is happening in Oklahoma, as if farming is a novel idea there. OKC about the OK urban chickens.

+Bill McKibben is calling for colleges to divest, but it's interesting that investors are also starting to consider the ramifications of investing in companies that are wholeheartedly selling out humanity's future. From Fortune: Investors Sound the Alarm on Climate Change.

+Plan Would Track, Tax Cars by the Mile. Yes, please!

+If we designed a standard school for 1,300 kids, there would be only one place big enough to put it: right in the middle, on top of the forest of trees. Not only would the community lose its trees but the school would be isolated within the housing, which was in turn isolated from the city around it. We needed to do better, but we didn’t have much time. Excellent story on how you can build consensus and work with government and communities to fix difficult problems

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Entrepreneurship and the New Green Economy

If you happen to be in the Atlanta area this upcoming Monday, I'll be giving a small talk about entrepreneurial opportunities in the new green economy at the Toco Hills Library. Here're the details:

Entrepreneurship in the New Green Economy
Monday, 11/4 @ 7pm
Free

Toco Hills - Avis G. Williams Library
1282 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA
 

With the news filled with stories of political gridlock, climate change, and resource scarcity, there are plenty of reasons to be worried about the future. But with challenging times also come great opportunities. Atlanta businessman and Founder of Shire Reckoning Publishing House Tres Crow highlights reasons for optimism in this informative and invigorating talk on the importance of entrepreneurship in the new Green Economy, along with examples of entrepreneurs who are embracing change and building new industries. 

It would be truly awesome to see some of you there.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ecological Economics: Limits to Growth?

A few weeks back I posted a brief economic history of the US in the post-war period in order to set up how the ecological economics movement took root in the mid-1990s. Ecological economics is a critique of classical and neoclassical economics that seeks to create a steady state economy that is focused on full employment and natural sustainability rather than economic growth. The critique is detailed and multi-faceted, but it focuses primarily on two aspects of modern economics: growth and accounting. Today I'm going to take a look at the first of those.

In his book Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution, Ecologist Brian Czech provides an excellent history of how growth came to be the dominant goal of all world economies, but the tale is too detailed for me to dive into here. Regardless of the history, the end result is the same: the mainstream view of all economies is that growth should be the primary economic goal. The belief in growth has been so dominant for so long that questioning it is tantamount to heresy.

But that is exactly what ecological economics has in mind.