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Is Un-Sustainability Evolutionary?

I woke up this morning in a pretty bad mood. I try to reconcile my beliefs about sustainability with my lifestyle but it is always a battle. Last night was a huge battle, as I tried my best to have a cute Valentines evening with my significant other and keep my environmental footprint to a minimum.

What Is Affluence, Anyway?

I've been pondering this question a lot lately. It's funny, because in my field we focus quite a bit on poverty, and how to define poverty. And yet, I've never had any one of my professors try to define affluence.

Is affluence lots of money? Is it a lot of stuff? Is it an iPhone and a plasma screen TV?

I'm not sure, but I'm inclined to say no.

sustainable development = child friendly, climate-proof programs

Saleemul Huq, Head of the Climate Change Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), recently gave a lecture where he argued that the future of sustainable development will be about mitigating and adapting to climate change, especially for the developing world.

What does oil have to do with slavery?

Besides the crude (excuse the pun) observation that both slavery and oil forcefully extracted (dark) resources from (often) Southern continents to 'advance' industrialized economies, there is quite a peculiar and interesting relationship between a coveted object and the attempt to objectify human beings.

Think Global, Act Local ... And It's All Local

The other day, Dane wrote a thought-provoking post about the politics of "local." As Dane pointed out, there can be a fine line between supporting local economies and protectionism.

Beans Breaking Barriers

First, you should know that I love science. But I am not, well, religious about science. I believe that science only ever tells us partial knowledge. Really, that's the whole point of science. It's a method of learning - and you never, ever, know everything. Alas, scientists often forget how much they don't know, especially when working with, say, poor, often illiterate, women farmers in Rwanda. Which was the location where some mighty fine beans broke some ancient barriers.

The Hidden Faces of Consumerism

Since it's Friday, I thought I'd leave you this weekend with a thought-provoking video from one of my favorite bands.

A Little Snow Will Do You Good

On Monday, here in London, the city came to a halt. As a former Chicagoan, I found it quite amusing that six inches of snow were all it took to shut down a world class city, but, there it was. 

Spending Money In a Recession

The economic news seems more and more grim each day. The New York Times is reporting large amounts of unsold inventory.

Conscious Consumerism

The other day Jamie at Green Resolutions asked me how I had come across Malagasy chocolate, and expressed her frustration that sometimes it's hard to wade through all the products in the market and find the right products, and make the right choices.

I can well empathize.


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