I’ll be appearing this Sunday (12/9) on Free Range Thought, WKNY Radio (1490 AM) out of Kingston NY, with hosts Adam Roufberg and Robert Johnstreet. The show airs at 1:30 pm Eastern time. I should be on at about 1:40. This discussion will likely cover a range of ecological topics including population growth, food production, climate change, and other sustainability related subjects. For those outside the station’s broadcast area an audio file should be posted on the show’s website subsequent to airing.
GIM is now an archive, rarely maintained at all. My thinking has evolved since the site was active. My current site is at johnfeeney.net.
GIM addresses humanity's most urgent challenge: the need to confront our continued irrational push for unending growth on a finite earth. The emphasis is on population growth and corporate economic growth as they interact with resource consumption rates and our reliance on fossil energy, pushing us toward global ecological collapse.
"We've been too kind to those who are destroying the planet.We have been inexcusably, unforgivably, insanely kind." -- Derrick Jensen
"As the materialization of alienation, agriculture is the triumph of estrangement and the definite divide between culture and nature and humans from each other." -- John Zerzan
"The raging monster upon the land is population growth. In its presence, sustainability is but a fragile theoretical construct. To say, as many do, that the difficulties of nations are not due to people but to poor ideology or land-use management is sophistic." -- E.O. Wilson
Notes and updates
- September 18, 2008: Check out the Global Population Speak Out!
- May 5, 2008: Latest article - published in the Guardian. I think this may be my most important article to date. It's an effort to dismantle the argument that we can solve our environmental woes by reducing per person consumption while ignoring population. My other comments on it are here.
- April - May, 2008: Radio series on population and the global ecological crisis. This is running on Free Range Thought, WKNY Radio (1490 AM), Kingston, New York. I'm involved as a guest or "cohost" on many of the shows.
- 2007 ECO Award: I'm pleased to report receiving a 2007 ECO Award from the Earth Community Organization for the essay, "Six steps to 'getting' the global ecological crisis." Thanks!
- Don't miss the guest articles by ... 2008: Albert Bandura, February 18; Ken Whitehead, January 17; Brad Arnold, January 5 | 2007: Abdul Basit, December 13; Russ Hopfenberg, December 6; Jim Lydecker, November 25; Brian Czech, November 15; Glen Barry, October 22; Adam W. Parsons, October 7; Emily Spence, October 1; Herman Daly, September 3; Jerry West, August 18; Kent Welton, July 29; J. Kenneth Smail, July 13
- 3E Intelligence
- Babylon and Beyond
- Betray the Age
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- CASSE’s blog
- Civilization’s Future
- Dismantle Civilisation
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- Economic Dreams – Economic Nightmares
- Environmental Economics & Sustainable Development
- Evolving Thoughts
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- IH – Blog
- James’ Blog
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- Logical Science
- Optimum Population Trust Blog
- Peak Energy
- Peak Food
- Peak Oil Medicine
- Population Action International Blog
- Population Media Center Blog
- Question Everything
- Resource Insights
- Spirituality and Ecological Hope
- sustainability dharma
- Sustainable Population
- Sustainable Salmon Arm
- The Adventures of Urban Scout
- The Natural Patriot
- The Solemn Monkey
- Tony Isn’t a Credible Source
- Transition Times
- Walking Turcot Yards
- Wild Green Yonder
- Against the Grain
- Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development
- Ecological Economics
- Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update
- Market, Schmarket: Building the Post-Capitalist Economy
- One with Nineveh
- Overshoot: The Ecological Basis for Revolutionary Change
- Peak Everything
- Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train
- Sparing Nature
- The Eden Proposition
- The Essential Exponential!
- Too Many People
Ecology and Environmental Science
- Carrying Capacity Summary
- Dependence on Phantom Carrying Capacity
- Ecological Society of America
- Encyclopedia of Earth
- Footprint of Nations
- Global Footprint Network
- Human Carrying Capacity of Earth
- Industrialization: Prelude to Collapse
- Malthus: More Relevant Than Ever
- Overshoot in a nutshell (Malthus was an optimist)
- Simple demonstration that we are in overshoot of the human carrying capacity of the earth
- STIRPAT: A Research Program in Structural Human Ecology
- World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity
- African Society For Ecological Economics
- Beijer International Institute for Ecological Economics
- Canadian Society for Ecological Economics
- Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy
- Economics in a Full World
- Gaian Economics Collective
- Genuine Progress Indicator
- Green Economics
- Growthism – The ‘Economic’ Cancer of Growth-To-Ruin
- Gund Institute
- International Society for Ecological Economics
- Post-Autistic Economics Network
- Redefining Progress
- Share The World’s Resources
- Uneconomic Growth: in Theory, in Fact, in History and in Relation to Globalization
- United States Society for Ecological Economics
- FAO: The State of Food Insecurity in the World – 2006
- IPCC Fourth Assessment Report on climate change
- IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
- Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
- Return of the Population Growth Factor
- UN report: Global Environment Outlook
- World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity
- WWF’s Living Planet Report
Politics and Policy
- AAAS Atlas of Population and Environment
- Brother, Can You Spare a Species? – By Jeffrey McKee
- Center for Environment and Population
- Club of Ten Million
- Confronting the Twenty-First Century’s Hidden Crisis: Reducing Human Numbers by 80%
- Die Off
- Doctors for Sustainable Population
- Global Population Speak Out
- Guttmacher Institute
- International Union for the Scientific Study of Population
- Jeffrey K. McKee on population
- John Feeney
- New England Coaltion for Sustainable Population
- Optimum Population Trust
- Pan Earth
- Population Action International
- Population and Sustainability Network
- Population Connection
- Population Growth –The Neglected Dimension of America’s Persistent Energy/Environmental Problems
- Population Institute
- Population Institute of Canada
- Population Media Center
- Population Press
- Population Reference Bureau
- Population Resource Center
- Religious Consultation, The
- Stanford Knowledge Integration Laboratory
- Sustainable Population Australia
- The Environmental Movement’s Retreat from Advocating U.S. Population Stabilization (1970–1998)
- The Human Population Explosion and the Future of Life – By Dave Foreman
- The Massive Movement to Marginalize the Modern Malthusian Message
- The Population Institute
- United Nations Population Division
- United Nations Population Fund
- Vermonters for a Sustainable Population
- Voluntary Human Extinction Movement
- World Population Awareness
- World Population Balance
Sustainability and the Big picture
- Africa in 2040
- Al Bartlett
- Albert Bartlett’s Home Page
- Anthropik Network
- Approaching the Limits to Growth
- Civilization’s Future
- Consumption Growth 101
- Culture Change
- Derrick Jensen
- DrTom Building an Environmental Community
- Film — What a Way to Go
- Heuristic Films
- John Feeney
- Minnesotans for Sustainability
- People & the Planet
- Reflections on Sustainability …. (Al Bartlett)
- Solar Car and Tractor
- Sustainability Institute
- Terminal Growth in a Finite World
- The Community Solution
- The Relocalization Network
- The Sustainable Scale Project
- The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race
- Toby Hemenway
- Transition Boulder County
Visits come from…
Good luck with the interview. Let us know how it goes.
What a terrific opportunity. Keep going.
You should try to be just as blunt — and truthful — as the political and financial elites of the world civilization is being, in Bali, right now. – 8)
If you want to look, you will see it: What we get from that political and scientific congregation in Bali, right now, is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
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Thanks guys. I think it did go well. I’m a beginner at such things, but think I did okay. A time or two I may have answered a question I wasn’t asked 😕 but all in all it went smoothly.
When the site is updated with the audio file, I’ll know better. 😉
The audio is up now. I come in about a third of the way through the first segment. But Sarah Perrota is a very good singer-sonwriter, so listen to her first! 😎
Just listened to the interview, well done. I liked the way it was structured, and the length was long enough to say quite a bit. You’ve a good voice and relaxed style that’s easy to listen. Wish I had taken notes so I could provide better feedback.
Thanks Trinifar. When I listened to it, I was pretty satisfied. I could stand to say “uhm” a little less often (but maybe it’s better than dead air!), and I got the number wrong when discussing the ecological footprint and the number of earths we’d need if everyone lived at a US consumption levels. Otherwise, I can’t complain. 🙂
Allow me to practice a different form of feedback.
I was extremely pleased to listen to a member of my community (people I know who are of like minds on this topic, kindred spirits) speak clearly about these issues on the radio. I felt well represented. And I especially liked that bit toward the end when you spoke about Iranian success in curbing population growth which made me feel like I had made a direct contribution to the discussion. My Buddhist leanings haven’t yet gotten me beyond ego stroking. 😉
And I also liked your suggestion of getting Paul Chefurka to do a similar interview. I’m trying to do my bit to amplify his voice too.
Well, enough praise. You’ll do more of these things and reduce the uhm’s and ah’s. The Buddha said that public speaking was one of our biggest fears, right along side death, old age, and illness. You’ve obviously gotten beyond that, at least enough so the listener can’t detect it, which is all that matters.
I just finished listening to it seconds ago. I want to echo Trinifar’s comment about what a pleasure it is to hear all the important issues we’re wrestling with get such an articulate airing. I was especially impressed with the fact that you had right at your fingertips so many details about the people who had contributed to your thinking. Made you sound quite authoritative, that did.
They sure made you think on your feet a time or two, but you pulled it off each time. You did really well. Congratulations.
Well, I guess I should volunteer to do a show on Peak Oil and the economic effects of energy decline. I’ll shoot you an email.
Thanks guys. I should mention that when they asked me for names at the end I would like to have thrown out a few others, such as “Trinifar” or even that crazy Norwegian guy or Steve or… 🙂 But I hadn’t expected the question and just quickly grabbed at a couple of topic areas which I thought I’d struggle with if asked to fill as much time as I had in that show. Paul and Brian popped up and I realized the interview was at that moment drawing to a close, so…
Yep, Trin, that Iran reference was from your stuff. Believe me, your influence was there more broadly as well.
Good to hear my mentions of various authors came across in a good way. 😎 Those come easily to me since I often tend to organize my thinking around who’s said or written what.
Yeah, Paul, do the show, man!
“WASHINGTON: One of the world’s top scientists on global warming called for the United States to stop building coal-fired power plants and eventually bulldoze older generators that do not capture and bury greenhouse gases.
But 159 coal-fired power plants are scheduled to be built in the next decade or so, generating enough power for about 96 million homes, according to a study last month by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Burning coal is one of the major sources of carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas causing global warming.
In prepared remarks to be delivered at the National Press Club Monday, NASA scientist James Hansen, who has been one of the earliest top researcher to warn the world about global warming, will call for a moratorium on building new coal-fired power plants.”
Interestingly: Hansen is Norway’s most common surname.
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