A Meditation on Ecological Sustainability

The Radiant Optimism of Sustainability Sutra, by Roy Morrison

Roy Morrison is a visionary. He is also a long-time New England-based energy consultant and author who wrote the first law in the U.S. for municipal aggregation for retail electricity competition, an emerging tool which can be used by communities to encourage the development of renewable energy as well as to keep electric rates down.

Today is Endangered Species Day

Let’s Not Forget the Main Driver of Species Disappearance: Too Many Humans

One of the most flagrant and far-reaching impacts of human overpopulation is the overexploitation, displacement and elimination of the other creatures that have been our companions on Planet Earth since our distant ancestors first walked upright.

Countries with Largest Ecological Footprints all Have Large Populations

The Oakland-based Global Footprint Network – a nonprofit that calculates the demands of human economies on ecosystems – has released the ecological footprints of almost 150 countries in the 2017 edition of the National Footprint Accounts.

Remembering Douglas Rainsford Tompkins, 1943-2015

Global Conservation Cause Loses a Giant to South American Kayaking Accident

Global Consumption Skyrocketing

One consequence of an enormous population

Across four decades, the Washington, D.C.-based Worldwatch Institute, founded in 1974 by the incomparable Lester Brown, has issued insightful reports on important environmental, economic, social and technological trends shaping the future of the Earth and its human inhabitants.

Scientists Issue Humanity Another Warning…Yet Again

Human domination of the biosphere likened to rapid discharge of a battery

With ever greater frequency it seems, reputable scientists are sounding the alarm that industrial human civilization is overpowering the Earth – or more properly the biosphere – and in so doing, risking its own well-being and maybe even its very survival.

If they are right, man’s much vaunted “conquest of nature” may prove to be a short-lived Pyrrhic victory indeed.

Brown Calls Californians Who Support Limited Immigration (and Favor Water Preservation) ‘Troglodytes’

I left California in 2008, bound for Pittsburgh, Pa. I’m regularly in touch with friends and family who have one thing on their minds: How much longer before California runs out of water? One friend, motivated by acute water shortages, moved from parched Lake of the Woods, which shares its precious little ground water with other nearby districts, to Morro Bay.

William R. Catton, Jr.: An Appreciation

Several weeks ago I learned that William R. Catton, Jr., author of the landmark book, Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change, had passed away in January at the age of 88 in Washington State, days shy of his 89th birthday.

Dr. Catton was a professor emeritus of sociology at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. This unassuming, polite gentleman and U.S. Navy veteran (1943-1946) was not all that well-known among most environmentalists, population activists or immigration campaigners.

Lester Brown Steps Down

Founder of Worldwatch Institute and Earth Policy Institute set to retire in June at 81

The Earth Policy Institute (EPI) has announced that its founder and president Lester R. Brown will retire in June 2015. Thus will come to a close his remarkable career – spanning more than half a century – as a leading environmental analyst and thinker.

Human Population May Doom King of Beasts

Recently I read a figure I found quite shocking, given my memories from childhood. When I was a kid in the 1950s, I was totally fascinated by African wildlife, particularly the big cats, lions, leopards and black panthers. I constantly looked through magazines to find pictures of them to put in my wildlife scrapbook.