Suffizienz als Teil der Energiewende

Es zeigt sich, dass unsere Lebensweise die Freiheitsrechte vieler gleichzeitig Lebender und erst recht unserer Kinder und Enkel in bedrohlichem Ausmaß einschränkt. Absolute Grenzen für Ressourcenverbrauch und CO2-Ausstoß sind geradezu zwingend notwendig, wenn man den Freiheitsgrundsatz zu Ende denkt. Die Einsicht in die Notwendigkeit ist nicht eine Behinderung der Freiheit – es ist ihre Bedingung.

Source: www.et-energie-online.de

Very good article (in German only) about the need to see sufficiency as the key to the energy transition.

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Green jobs debate should look beyond short-term benefits, says UKERC report

renewable energy and energy efficiency create up to 1 job per gigawatt-hour more than fossil fuels and when the economy is underperforming, such as during a recession, it is sensible to focus government expenditure on these labour-intensive sectors.

Source: www.ukerc.ac.uk

Good report on jobs in renewable energy sector from UK energy think tank.

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Capitalism Is a Tumor on the Body Politic: What’s the Alternative? Beyond Mid-Election Babble

The only major difference between these parties is that the Republicans wage naked class warfare without any apologies or political concessions while the Democrats offer a few painkillers to soften the blow. In some cases, Democratic leaders such as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama outdid their Republican counterparts in consolidating class power, while imposing enormous hardships and misery on the poor and middle class.

Source: www.truth-out.org

Brilliant analysis by Henry Giroux of the US mid-term elections and the role culture and education in political paradigm changes

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Job Growth, but No Raises

Since the recovery began in mid-2009, inflation-adjusted figures show that the economy has grown by 12 percent; corporate profits, by 46 percent; and the broad stock market, by 92 percent. Median household income has contracted by 3 percent

Source: www.nytimes.com

Economic growth has become uneconomic and antisocial. Not to mention the ecological impacts.

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Society must call business’ bluff on its fixation with profit maximisation

Executives have no choice but to cut themselves off from their own humanity when they choose to pay the lowest wages possible, destroy ecosystems and damage community cohesion.

The only reason this ruinous idea of running a business is allowed to continue is because enough executives still collude with each other to justify it and society has not yet called their bluff.

Source: www.theguardian.com

Excellent must-read article in the Guardian’s sustainable business section.

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Are We Hard-Wired to Think We Can Grow Forever?

Trailblazing behavioural economists like Daniel Kahneman have discovered that human beings are highly irrational creatures prone to delusion, cynicism, and short-termism. In ecological economics, Bill Rees has argued that our mental genetic presets have hard-wired us for overconsumption and ecological doom. And now, according to a new theory by Ajit Varki and Danny Brower, perhaps it all stems from an overarching psychological predisposition to denial.

Source: steadystate.org

Very good article in the Daly News on why we are not willing to accept the post-growth paradigm.

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9 Significant Scientific Findings too Recent to Be Included in the New IPCC Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release its landmark synthesis report this weekend. The IPCC reports are the most comprehensive, authoritative consensus on climate change. However, the cut-off date for literature for each Assessment Report was in 2013 , so it’s worth taking stock of recent scientific advancements and climate-related events that have occurred since then.

Check out nine findings that illustrate how the trends documented in the IPCC continue to take a toll, and in some cases, may be underestimated.

Source: www.wri.org

Why the IPCC synthesis report is already outdated and the situation worse than the report will dare to describe.

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