Environment

Agenda for a Green Economy

David Korten Keynote presentation to Green Party US National Conference August 5, 2011, Alfred University, Alfred, New York via Skype http://livingeconomiesforum.org/agenda-for-a-green-economy Greetings to those gathered at Alfred University and those watching via live streaming across the country. Special greetings to Michael Greenman and my friends in Columbus, Ohio. It is wonderful to join you by Skype for this important conversation. As you all know, this timely event is an interesting combination of a local New York Green Fest conversation on Building a Green Economy and the annual conference of the Green Party US. My assignment for this session is to…


The Global Green Imperative

Book review: ‘The No-Nonsense Guide to Green Politics‘ by Derek Wall (New Internationalist, August 2010, 144 pages) by Scott McLarty Although the party has been in existence for three decades, any book that comes out now about the Greens, at least in the US, is still going to be an introduction, and ‘The No-Nonsense Guide to Green Politics’ by Derek Wall is no exception. In this year of protests against the union-busting agenda of several governors — Democrats like Andrew Cuomo in New York as well as Republicans like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker — and a nuclear catastrophe unfolding in Japan…


Renewables, not nuclear power, are the way forward

by David McCorquodale On March 26, The News Journal chose to print a pro-nuclear power opinion piece by Gwyneth Cravens, a romance novelist and editor who was once an anti-nuclear activist. She somehow “saw the light” and is now in favor of nuclear power — apparently because she thinks it’s “better” than burning fossil fuels. The fact that she gets a good income from making pro-nuclear power speeches to receptive audiences and from writing articles for media conglomerates who want to minimize public trepidation about nuclear energy might have a bit to do with her positive outlook. Let’s be clear…


Beyond Fossil Fuels

In his State of the Union speech on January 25, 2011, the President of the U.S. has understandably and rightfully focused on the issue of jobs. But he is not listening to the right people. Not only do we need to snuff out the attitudes and actions on Wall Street and elsewhere that led to the economic crisis in the fall of 2009 but we need to be looking ahead instead of remaining mired in the past when it comes to energy. President Obama has given every indication that he supports the continued use of fossil fuels in the U.S….