Lately, I’ve been busy behind the scenes preparing and submitting articles for publication beyond this site. My reasoning is that while GIM’s readership is growing slowly but steadily, that’s not enough. The issues we discuss here are too urgent to sit patiently, waiting for the site slowly to grow. The aim, therefore, is to reach out not only through GIM, but also other media channels to encourage awareness of the need to confront our overshoot of Earth’s limits.
I’ve had time to work on this in part because of some great guest articles helping to keep GIM rolling. My thanks to Jim Lydecker and Ken Smail for making available their thought provoking work. Another guest essay will appear soon, and I’m waiting on permission from the journal publisher to post another of Ken’s articles.
I see only benefits to featuring guest articles, so will continue to sprinkle them in as I’m able. In the meantime, as my own pieces find publishers (one hopes 😐 ), I’ll eventually reprint them here. For now, here are links to two articles which have recently appeared elsewhere. Regular readers may notice that each is a thorough reworking of a piece which appeared here previously:
This one on OpEdNews and Dissident Voice concerns the tendency among environmental writers to call for cutting fossil fuel consumption while avoiding the subject of population. In effect, since total consumption equals per capita consumption times population size, they’re telling us only half the story and, for political reasons, are choosing intellectual dishonesty over truth.
This piece on Jan Lundberg’s Culture Change, calls on mainstream economists to embrace at least the central idea of ecological economics — that the economy is a part of and dependent on the ecosystem, and so must respect its limits. I’m happy to see it’s been picked up by Energy Bulletin as well.
In continuing these efforts, GIM may at times serve as a venue for preliminary ideas slated for revision to suit a more more general readership. In these instances, you’ll see it here first, but it will subsequently look different elsewhere.
There are a couple of other ideas in the “spread the word more widely” plan. But we’ll save those for later.
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