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25 Articles by Joe Brewer

The Power of Solar Communities

by Joe Brewer: environmental writer, cognitive scientist, co-founder of hivethrive blog, and agent for progressive social change The great innovations of the 21st Century will be social. I predict that the solutions to our greatest challenges will emerge through new ways of coming together. Case in point, the Drake Landing ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in July 2008, about Architecture, Clean Technologies

Changing the Culture of Consumption, One Book at a Time

by Joe Brewer: environmental writer, cognitive scientist, co-founder of hivethrive blog, and agent for progressive social change I have an addiction: I love books! My wife won’t let me near a used book store without an armed escort, and for good reason. I’d come home with another pile ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in June 2008, about Consumerism, Education

Save the World, Quit Smoking

by Joe Brewer: environmental writer, cognitive scientist, co-founder of hivethrive blog, and agent for progressive social change Wealth is about more than the size of your pocketbook. A better measure might be the size of your address book. Better still, the depth of bonds shared among the people listed there ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in June 2008, about Philosophy & Religion

High Technology is Down in the Dirt

by Joe Brewer: environmental writer, cognitive scientist, co-founder of hivethrive blog, and agent for progressive social change Think of something high tech. Let me guess, a gadget came to mind. Perhaps it was the latest portable communications device. Or it might have been something for your computer. A little known ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in May 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Philosophy & Religion

Climate Action and the Wisdom of Crowds

by Joe Brewer: environmental writer, cognitive scientist, co-founder of hivethrive blog, and agent for progressive social change Last night I attended a panel discussion on environmental justice at the Berkeley Public Library. One of the speakers on the panel was Timothy Burroughs, Climate Action Advisor for the City of Berkeley ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in May 2008, about Climate Change, Politics & Government, Weather

Global Warming Requires Collective Solutions

Throughout the last year I have written extensively about flawed modes of thought shaping our environmental discourse. One challenge I have yet to elaborate is the problem of thinking in terms of Hero Myths where we, the inept community, must wait for some knight in shining armor to save us ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in May 2008, about Climate Change, Philosophy & Religion, Politics & Government, Weather

Comparing Climate Proposals: A Case Study in Cognitive Policy

Editor's Note: The PDF linked to in this post is well worth a read, and worth circulating. Going beyond a mere business/economic oriented look at carbon trading, the document gives a good overview of the presently proposed Lieberman-Warner bill, and compares it with a potentially improved alternative -- Peter ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in March 2008, about Carbon Trading, Politics & Government, Weather

Absurd Behavior? Look for Systemic Causes

If there is one thing we have learned from ecology it is that nothing exists in isolation. There is always an environment of woven connections and mutual dependencies in the world of the living. We breathe in oxygen and out carbon dioxide. Trees do the same thing in reverse – building ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in January 2008, about Consumerism, Industry & Business, Politics & Government, Weather

The Key Ideas Behind Sky Trust

Editor's Note: Regular contributor, Joe Brewer, adds to the discussion we started a couple of days ago with 'Hogging the Sky', discussing policy options for how we can preserve the sky, the very air we breathe, for the good of all. Not long ago, a group of important environmental ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in January 2008, about Politics & Government, Weather

Beware the Spin! Bush is Still a Do-Nothing on Climate

In this great analysis by David Roberts, we get a peek at the power of narrative to conceal key truths. Check it out: Washington Post Greenwashes Bush He hits the nail on the head with these conclusions... Finally, here you have, out of 3,000 words, the one acknowledgment that ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in January 2008, about Media, Politics & Government, Weather

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