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Can Our Economy Grow Forever? 48° (43 replies)

Over the last twenty years the government where I live (Ireland) has put a lot of emphasis on growing our economy. The economy has grown, but has it benefited the average person? Yes, people have more money, bigger houses and more stuff. However, they also have a lot more stress ...

Started by John P. in August 2008, about Consumerism, Economics, Health

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Are you willing to sacrifice? 26° (16 replies)

Change is fundamentally about sacrifice. Whether it's choosing chocolate ice cream or vanilla, when we decide on a course of action we sacrifice alternative options. Faced with climate instability and the social and political turmoil that will result in "staying the course", most everyone who visits Celsias has already decided ...

Started by Andrew Hunt in July 2008, about Climate Change, Consumerism, Economics, Education, Health, Philosophy & Religion, Politics & Government, Travel

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Can We Solve Our Energy Problems with Existing Technologies Today Without the Need for Breakthrough Innovations? 20° (15 replies)

This is the topic of an Oxford-style debate on solving the world’s energy crisis at the Economist -http://www.economist.com/debate/index.cfm?action=hall&debate_id=11&sa_campaign=debateseries/debate11/spr/blog/tb13 The argument for solving our energy needs with today's technology is made by Joseph J. Romm, Senior Fellow at the Centre for American Progress and the argument for the need for technology ...

Started by Leslie B. in August 2008, about Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Economics, Energy Saving, Industry & Business, Politics & Government

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How do you apply the triple bottom line in your life? 10° (no replies)

The environment, social equity, and economic factors make up the triple bottom line upon which all consumption decisions should be made. How do you prioritize them? How often do you apply them?

Started by C Robb W. in June 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Consumerism, Deforestation, Economics, Energy Saving, Environment & Wildlife, Logging, Water

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Adam Smith and a Steady-State Economy 10° (5 replies)

"Properly functioning markets allocate resources efficiently, but they cannot determine the sustainable scale; that can be achieved only by government policy." - Herman Daly Human beings are the strangest of creatures. We make observations about our surroundings or about our behaviors, these observations become cast into theory, and then these ...

Started by John V. in August 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Air Quality, Architecture, Consumerism, Economics, Energy Saving

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Consumerism economic solution, environmental sin? 4° (4 replies)

Myself and one of my colleagues, David Pearce, have been discussing economics related to the environment. It became apparent quite quickly that the economic paradigm which exists is both the cause and solution to environmental degradation. The economic theory of 'growth at all costs' is without a doubt vastly responsible ...

Started by Roger K. in June 2008, about Economics

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The Story Of Stuff 3° (3 replies)

This website takes a deeper look into the lifecycle of consumer products and the effects on the planet. I learned a few things from watching the video and I thought I’d share it with Celsias and see what you guys think. Here’s an excerpt from the site that gives a ...

Started by Red Keane in November 2008, about Climate Change, Consumerism, Economics, Industry & Business, Recycling

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Making it HAPPEN 2° (2 replies)

I am always quite amazed by California and in particular the Bay Area - one of the unique places in the World that actually puts actions in behind the words. After travelling massively over the last two months through the USA/ UK/ Switzerland/ Japan - San Francisco stands out as ...

Started by Nick G. in July 2011, about Economics

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How do organizations choose a strategy for sustainability? 2° (2 replies)

I'm writing my Master Thesis about this subject and I really want to find out how they do this. If your organization is engaged in sustainability, would you be so kind to fill out my survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SY8XH5L ? Thank you very much

Started by Lisette V. in September 2010, about Economics

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