Economic transition is a difficult, but necessary conversation--especially for those affected

Environmental Economics

As countries develop, economically and socially, the means of producing economic well-being shift.    This was a difficult transition for on-farm workers but the overall level of well-being in the U.S. What we owe the remaining people who are making a living mining coal is to be honest with them,” Mr. Obama said, “and to say that, look, the economy is shifting.

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Renewable energy will not support economic growth

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Renewable energy will not and cannot support perpetual economic growth, the way we have been doing it for so long, for too long, in fact. Not an easy task, I know, and especially not in view of so many people wanting everything for almost nothing and immediately.

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Public Transit in the 'Most Livable City'

Green (Living) Review

BURNABY, British Columbia, Canada, March 2011: As the cherry and plum blossoms re-appear and daylight stretches later, Metro Vancouver gets ready to welcome people from other parts of the world. Whatever your tastes, public transit can get you where you want to go. Service runs 21 hours a day and icons like SkyTrain and SeaBus make it a "destination transit system." A DayPass is the most economical way to pay fares, with unlimited travel in any direction all day.

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Turkish Coal Tragedy Puts Emphasis on Transition to Clean Energy

Sierra Club Compass

One of these institutions, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), has made the transition beyond coal a cornerstone of their work in Turkey - and the importance of that step forward is only amplified by this week’s coal mining tragedy.

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Ingredients of Transition: Education for Transition

The Green Changemakers

by Rob Hopkins [link] Here is the very final additional ingredient for ‘The Transition Companion’. My thanks to Isabel Carlisle for her input with this ingredient… How can education, at all levels, best contribute to the Transition process, building resilient individuals, resilient communities and resilient institutions? The future that young people and those in further education are currently being educated for is not the future that is, in reality, approaching.

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Practical guides for community economic change

Green (Living) Review

Focusing on running events, starting enterprise and resourcing core activities, these booklets have been designed for use by Transition Initiatives and other groups working on local economy projects and other related activities. Transition Movement

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From Narmada to Tata Mundra: Iconic Indian Activist Demands Clean Energy Transition at World Bank

Sierra Club Compass

When Medha was researching social inequality and social movements for her PhD, she learned of the plight of indigenous people in Gujarat in conjunction with the construction of the dam. The worst is that the people not involved [in planning] are cheated. [.] [In

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Transit Score: Buses Matter

Sightline Daily

The cool kids over at Walk Score just posted their all-new 2014 Transit Score rankings with data on transit service in more than 200 cities across the US. The bad news, though, is that both Seattle and Portland saw their Transit Scores fall over the last two years.

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In Some Places, Environmentalists Should Be Arguing for More Development. Here’s Why.

Nature Conservancy - Science

In North Berkeley, you can be just a few blocks from a Bay Area Rapid Transit station, which offers an easy 30-minute commute into downtown San Francisco. And yet the neighborhood is single-family, detached homes that house relatively few people.

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People prefer higher costs

Environmental Economics

Without it, we would have never known that economic incentive-based environmental policy can save money! politicians: tend to consistently reject economic incentive-based environmental policy and. represent the people (am I right?), People in the U.S.

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"Use of Public Transit in U.S. Reaches Highest Level Since 1956"

Environmental Economics

billion passenger trips were taken on transit systems during the year, surpassing the post-1950s peak of 10.59 We’re seeing that where cities have invested in transit, their unemployment rates have dropped, and employment is going up because people can get there,” Mr. Melaniphy said.

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The Tricky Economics of Ongoing Subsidies for People Who Want Their Beach and Eat it Too

Environmental Economics

Smith, professor of environmental economics at Duke University. By analyzing the data, the model clearly showed that “if the beach is being protected from erosion by nourishment, a large part of the value of the house comes from that protection,” said Sathya Gopalakrishnan, assistant professor of agricultural, environmental and development economics at Ohio State.

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Transition Model

The Green Changemakers

The 7 Principles of Transition 1. Positive Visioning Transition Initiatives are based on a dedication to the creation of tangible, clearly expressed and practical visions of the community in question beyond its present?day Help People Access Good Information and Trust Them to Make Good Decisions Transition initiatives dedicate themselves, through all aspects of their work, to raising awareness of peak oil and climate change and related issues such as critiquing economic growth.

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Public Transit Is a Deciding Factor for Millennials in the Workforce

Green (Living) Review

Millennial job hunters are seeking employment in cities with good public transit systems Four in five millennials say they want to live in places where they have a variety of options to get to jobs, school or daily needs, according to a new survey of Americans age 18-34 in 10 major U.S.

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Business, Resilience and Transition

The Green Changemakers

[link] After conversations with David Holmgren , Rob Hopkins (author of The Transition Handbook ), put together some thoughts about how the principles of permaculture might apply to business. "In Tags: Economics Green Permaculture

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Ingredients of Transition: Education for Transition

The Green Changemakers

by Rob Hopkins Here is the very final additional ingredient for ‘The Transition Companion’. My thanks to Isabel Carlisle for her input with this ingredient… How can education, at all levels, best contribute to the Transition process, building resilient individuals, resilient communities and resilient institutions? The future that young people and those in further education are currently being educated for is not the future that is, in reality, approaching.

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Why Stopping Urbanization Is Not Only Impossible, But Misses the Environmental Point

Nature Conservancy - Science

Every country, without exception, has urbanized as it has economically developed: a growing fraction of the population lives in cities as economies diversify from agriculture into other industries. Ideas Nature + People Urban Conservation

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Spiffy New Tramway Connects Casablanca’s Hot Spots

Green Prophet

Designed to reduce air pollution , ease vehicular congestion and increase economic development in what is arguably Morocco’s busiest city, the 31km Y-shaped line connects all of the city’s hot spots, but not everybody has rolled out a red carpet for the new Rapid Transit Tram System. .

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Dump the Pump Day: What Do Transit and Clean Energy Have in Common?

Sierra Club Compass

in the first quarter of 2014 came from solar , and public transit ridership continues to soar. Hearing about solar and transit in the same sentence may be unusual, but in fact, they're part of the same story. Transit saves America 4.2 billion trips via transit in 2013.

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Why we must oppose transition to gas-fired power

Green Blog

“These estimates translate to a climate genocide involving the deaths of 10 billion people this century…&#. Both Dr James Lovelock FRS (Gaia hypothesis) and Professor Kevin Anderson ( Director, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester, UK) have recently estimated that fewer than 1 billion people will survive this century due to unaddressed, man-made global warming – noting that the world population is expected to reach 9.5

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Economic History in 10 Minutes

The Green Changemakers

People had no money, and there was neither barter nor trade among members of any given group. This is particularly the case in large cities, where anonymity is fostered also by the sheer numbers of people one sees from day to day. But, back to our tour of economic history.

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Transition Towns or Bright Green Cities?

The Green Changemakers

The best thing, the really hopeful thing, about the Transition Town movement is that it breaks the emotional isolation privatized responsibility inflicts on us, and makes us part of a group working together towards change. 1) What are Transition Towns? Transition Towns are communities in which some citizens have gotten together to follow a twelve-step process to make their towns more resilient despite energy shortages, climate change or economic collapse.

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Wither coal (despite all attempts to the contrary)? What's next?

Environmental Economics

The important corollary to the Hotelling rule regarding transition to alternative fuel sources is: As the price of the depletable resource rises and/or the price of the alternative resource decreases, incentives are created to switch between the resources. 

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Leaner nations bike, walk, use mass transit

The Green Changemakers

Americans, with the highest rate of obesity, were the least likely to walk, cycle or take mass transit, according to the study in a recent issue of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. By comparison, 67 percent of commuters in Latvia, 62 percent in Sweden and 52 percent in the Netherlands either walk, bike or use mass transit. How do we get more people walking and bicycling in the U.S.?"

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On Heels of Inaugural Address, Sierra Club Announces Coal.

Sierra Club Compass

I was fired up by President Obamas remarks on climate and clean energy in his second inaugural address -- and gauging by the huge cheer that went up from the crowd, it sounded like the hundreds of thousands of people on the National Mall were, too. Compass.

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Addressing Environmental Challenges Today – Core Principles for a Time of Change

Conservancy Talk

The Nature Conservancy has succeeded in our mission for more than sixty years by listening to people whose lives and livelihoods depend on nature and creating conservation solutions that protect the environment and address their interests. Accelerate the transition to clean energy.

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Proposed Tel Aviv SkyTran Project is “Up in the Air”

Green Prophet

Developing economical and green urban transit systems have not been easy. “The pods can even travel faster once people get used to their speed and do not require much energy expenditure,” says Sanders.

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Friday Viewing: Economic Injustic of Plastic

Sightline Daily

Skip to navigation Advanced Search Document Actions Sections Front Page Daily News Daily Score Blog The Daily Score Friday Viewing: Economic Injustice of Plastic Posted by Eric Hess 01/28/2011 02:18 PM Why we shouldnt just be concerned with throwaway bottles, but throwaway communities.

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An Environmentalist Goes to Alabama to Talk About Climate Change—Find Out What Happens Next

Conservancy Talk

People seemed interested in what I had to say. Economic infrastructure—like Louisiana State Highway 1, which the oil and gas industry uses to deliver resources to its plants—is literally sinking. Climate change also poses significant economic risks to the U.S.

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How Cooperation Jackson is Transforming the Poorest State in the U.S.

Green (Living) Review

A powerhouse organization promoting economic justice, Cooperation Jackson was born of a need to transform the state, in particular its capital and largest city, Jackson. Cooperation Jackson is emerging as a leader in the global cooperative movement and the struggle for economic democracy.

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Privilege and the Hierarchy of Oppression within the Animal Rights Movement

Eccorazzi

So how is it that, in the midst of this (seemingly) common ground between female, male, transgendered, and non-binary gendered vegan advocates, we have good people being accused of sexism and racism for expressing a difference of opinion or engaging in civil debate about human and animal rights?

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The Future’s So Bright

Conservancy Talk

But it also advances our transition toward a robust, clean energy economy, and the quality jobs that come with it. One of our investments is The RealReal, a company that allows people to buy authenticated luxury goods on consignment.

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Mercury, Birds & People: What we can learn from studying our.

Elephant Journal

Mercury, Birds & People: What we can learn from our feathered friends. Birds aren’t that different from people. Human produced changes to the environment negatively affect birds in many of the same ways they hurt people. “No, I don’t really like people that much.”

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Acting on Climate for the Win

Conservancy Talk

That’s in no small part because the very same measures that will address climate change also offer significant economic benefits. With the rapid growth of the energy efficiency sector, we are seeing the “decoupling” of economic growth and energy use.

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MENA must push – NOW! – for 100% renewable energy

Green Prophet

MENA must continue to embrace clean energy innovation to transition to a fully renewable energy future. An energy transition is within the reach, according to Greenpeace ’s Energy [R]evolution scenario, published in September (link to the report, here).

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Ecovillage: 1001 Ways to Heal the Planet (Ebook)

The Green Changemakers

Most of the chapters are based on interviews with founders or long-standing members of ecovillage communities; while a few chapters are about regional or national networks of ecovillage transition.

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Polar Vortex ? Climate Change

Conservancy Talk

We need more people to be actively engaged and intellectually curious about this very important topic. These trends are already clear and have a dramatic impact on both people and wildlife. For people, droughts lead to spikes in food prices and the risk of global food crises.

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The Washington Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce Report is Out

Sightline Daily

In particular, the transportation sector needs an integrated approach with land-use policies, transit oriented development, and alternatives to current single occupancy vehicles such as adequate transit, zero emissions vehicles, and alternative fuel infrastructure.

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We Don’t Need a $12B Transportation Package

Sightline Daily

billion package that surfaced this week would spend less than 2 percent of that on transit and improvements for cyclists and pedestrians. motor vehicle excise tax to fund transit operations and road maintenance. And then people will start to realize what bad traffic really looks like.

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After the Clearcuts: People and Ecology in an Alaska Rainforest

Nature Conservancy - Science

Is there a way to ecologically restore the forests on Prince of Wales while also creating economic opportunities for local communities? Our goal is to balance ecological needs with the community’s economic and social needs ,” says Rush.

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