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Erika and Dave dig into the more fascinating aspects of sustainable living - including the joy of living sustainably. It’s all about ending our culture’s love affair with “more,” which is not making us happier and is killing our planet. No half-hearted greenwashing here; we share the brutal and joyful truth! Dave directed the documentary GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth, which Stanford Biologist Paul Ehrlich declared “could be the most important film ever made.”

GrowthBusters Dave Gardner and Erika Arias on sustainable living

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    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Erika and Dave dig into the more fascinating aspects of sustainable living - including the joy of living sustainably. It’s all about ending our culture’s love affair with “more,” which is not making us happier and is killing our planet. No half-hearted greenwashing here; we share the brutal and joyful truth! Dave directed the documentary GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth, which Stanford Biologist Paul Ehrlich declared “could be the most important film ever made.”

    Shrinking Your Travel Footprint

    Shrinking Your Travel Footprint

    Is flying always the worst travel choice for climate stability? Is traveling by rail always the best? You might be surprised. In this episode of GrowthBusters, Dave shares his research on this subject with co-host Erika Arias and frequent guest Joshua Spodek. We also share a great cheat-sheet, Getting There Greener – The guide to Your Lower Carbon Vacation, from the Union of Concerned Scientists. We’d like to remind listeners that while it may seem like the system is stacked against us, we really do have choices about how to transport ourselves. With a little bit of creativity, personal agency, and help from the experts, our choices can change the system!

    USEFUL LINKS:
    The Four Lifestyle Choices that Most Reduce Your Carbon Footprint (Lund University Study ranking carbon reduction actions)
    Vacation Traveler Carbon Guide – Quick Reference Chart and the stuy behind it (Union of Concerned Scientists)
    Getting There Greener – full report behind the above vacation guide
    Skyscanner greener flight booking site
    UCS web tool for EV efficiency in your area
    Carbon Offset Info and Programs
    American Idling: The Ecological Cost of Keeping the Engine Running
    Climate Perks
    The future of conference: Will events remain virtual after lockdowns?
    On the GrowthBusters podcast, Erika and Dave explore the joy of sustainable living and provide a recovery program for our society’s growth addiction (economic/consumption and population). This podcast is part of the GrowthBusters project to raise awareness of overshoot and end our culture’s obsession with and pursuit of growth.
    Dave Gardner directed the documentary GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth, which Stanford Biologist Paul Ehrlich declared “could be the most important film ever made.” Erika Arias is researching the childfree/environment connection and is about to enter grad school.
    OTHER LINKS:
    Join the conversation on Facebook
    Make a donation to support this non-profit project.
    Archive of all episodes of the GrowthBusters podcast
    Subscribe to GrowthBusters email updates
    See the film – GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth
    Explore the issues at www.growthbusters.org
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    • 59 min
    Philosophy of Shrinking Footprints

    Philosophy of Shrinking Footprints

    We set out to make this the second of a series of episodes about shrinking our travel footprint, but the conversation ended up being a broader exploration of philosophical issues related to all kinds of footprint-shrinking actions. Erika and Dave are joined by recurring guest, Joshua Spodek, host of the This Sustainable Life podcast. The conversation includes:
    The joy of not flying
    Generating a lot less waste
    Is the new iPhone really green?
    And plastic, plastic, plastic.

    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Donate to Support this Podcast (yes, it’s a 501(c)3 non-profit project)
    Apple’s New iPhone Is Far from Green
    Apple is aiming for ‘zero climate impact.’ The iPhone 12 won’t help.
    The Story of Plastic
    The Story of Plastic screenings
    (search for The Story of Plastic)
    Joshua Spodek’s The Story of Plastic panel discussion
    Joshua Spodek's This Sustainable Life podcast
    On the GrowthBusters podcast, Erika and Dave explore the joy of sustainable living and provide a recovery program for our society’s growth addiction (economic/consumption and population). This podcast is part of the GrowthBusters project to raise awareness of overshoot and end our culture’s obsession with and pursuit of growth.
    Dave Gardner directed the documentary GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth, which Stanford Biologist Paul Ehrlich declared “could be the most important film ever made.” Erika Arias is researching the childfree/environment connection and is about to enter grad school.
    OTHER LINKS:
    Join the conversation on Facebook
    Make a donation to support this non-profit project.
    Archive of all episodes of the GrowthBusters podcast
    Subscribe to GrowthBusters email updates
    See the film – GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth
    Explore the issues at www.growthbusters.org
    View the GrowthBusters channel on YouTube
    Subscribe (free) so you don't miss an episode:

    • 42 min
    Taking a Vacation from Carbon Emissions

    Taking a Vacation from Carbon Emissions

    How far will you go in your quest to shrink your carbon footprint? What’s eco-tourism, and is it really ecologically responsible? International tourism accounts for 8% of all carbon emissions in the world, and transportation of all types accounts for an even greater proportion of of our carbon emissions. In the first of several episodes about shrinking our travel footprint, Dave and Erika chat with Dr. Michael Hall, Professor in the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship at University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
    According to Hall, “tourism leads to the short and long term decline of natural capital at local and global scales.” Find out what Hall has to say about carbon offsetting, public transportation, local food, and building a market to service communities of people. Hall says that it isn’t about avoiding travel altogether, but about how to travel smart!
    On the GrowthBusters podcast, Erika and Dave explore the joy of sustainable living and provide a recovery program for our society’s growth addiction (economic/consumption and population). This podcast is part of the GrowthBusters project to raise awareness of overshoot and end our culture’s obsession with and pursuit of growth.
    Dave Gardner directed the documentary GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth, which Stanford Biologist Paul Ehrlich declared “could be the most important film ever made.” Erika Arias is researching the childfree/environment connection and is about to enter grad school.

    LINKS
    The Routledge Handbook of Tourism and Sustainability
    Economic Greenwash: On the Absurdity of Tourism and Green Growth
    A Radical Way to Cut Emissions – Ration Everyone’s Flights
    Pandemics, Transformations and Tourism: Be Careful What You Wish For
    Pandemics, Tourism and Global Change: A Rapid Assessment of COVID-19
    Carbon Trading: How Does it Work?
     
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    Join the conversation on Facebook
    Make a donation to support this non-profit project.
    Archive of all episodes of the GrowthBusters podcast
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    See the film – GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth
    Explore the issues at www.growthbusters.org
    View the GrowthBusters channel on YouTube
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Damn, It's Earth Overshoot Day Already!

    Damn, It's Earth Overshoot Day Already!

    If we were on a spaceship, the end really would be near – August 22. That is Earth Overshoot Day for 2020. We all know we can’t graze 100 head of cattle for long on a one-acre patch of land. We’d have a barren wasteland and a bunch of dead cattle in no time. It’s a little more challenging for us to make this calculation about meeting the needs of 7.8 billion people on a larger patch of land – the entire planet. But the laws of physics equally apply.
    Analysts at Global Footprint Network do an impressive job of performing this worldwide calculation. Since 2003, they’ve been analyzing UN data and satellite imagery to estimate the planet’s capacity to meet our needs (biocapacity), and humankind’s footprint - or demand (ecological footprint) - on that capacity. Their analysis suggests we have been in overshoot since about 1970.
    If you have too many people, consuming resources faster than the planet can regenerate them, and generating waste faster than the planet can convert that waste, you are in overshoot. This bonus episode of GrowthBusters features the Conversation Earth special, Welcome to Overshoot: Have a Nice Day. This is a 2020 update of the special we shared a year ago. Welcome to Overshoot explores overshoot’s causes, effects, and possible solutions, as well as some of the barriers to solving the problem. It features a who’s who of environmental and economic experts:
    William Catton, author of Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change
    Brian Czech, author of Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution, and executive director of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy
    Herman Daly, author of Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development
    Paul Ehrlich, Stanford Biologist, author of The Population Bomb
    Kerryn Higgs, author of Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet
    Ian Johnson, former World Bank vice president, former secretary general of Club of Rome
    Bill McKibben, environmental journalist, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?, co-founder of 350.org.
    Dennis Meadows, lead scientist, The Limits to Growth
    Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist
    William Rees, co-originator of ecological footprint analysis
    Bill Ryerson, President of Population Media Center and Chair of Population Institute
    Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology at Boston University and author of True Wealth: How and Why Millions of Americans Are Creating a Time-Rich, Ecologically Light, Small-Scale, High-Satisfaction Economy
    John Seager, CEO of Population Connection
    Gus Speth, former chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality, Co-Chair of the Next System Project
    Mathis Wackernagel, founder of Global Footprint Network and co-author of Ecological Footprint: Managing Our Biocapacity Budget
    Rex Weyler, environmental journalist
     
    LINKS:
    Earth Overshoot Day
    The Limits to Growth
    Conversation Earth podcasts
    Ecological Footprint: Managing Our Biocapacity Budget by Mathis Wackernagel and Bert Beyers
    Footprint Calculator
    Move the Date
    Solutions to accelerate the shift to one-planet living
    Past Earth Overshoot Days
     
    OTHER LINKS:
    Join the conversation on Facebook
    Make a donation to support this non-profit project.
    Archive of all episodes of the GrowthBusters podcast
    Subscribe to GrowthBusters email updates
    See the film – GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth
    Explore the issues at www.growthbusters.org
    View the GrowthBusters channel on YouTube
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    • 52 min
    Things Are Not Fine

    Things Are Not Fine

    Physician Sofia Pineda Ochoa became so concerned about the future of life on Earth that she wrote, produced and directed the new documentary, Endgame 2050. “There is no human health without planetary health,” she tells us. She interviewed several notable experts in the film, but musician/environmental activist Moby provided the most brutally candid assessment of our situation: “Things are not fine.” He told Sofia we “are destroying the only home that we know of in the universe that will support life…. if we can’t change ourselves, if we can’t learn how to live in sustainable harmony with the only world that will support us, we need to go away.”

    The film doesn’t shy away from human overpopulation as a chief contributor to our ongoing destruction of Earth’s life-supporting ecosystems. Dr. Ochoa does more than diagnose our problem; she also offers some solutions: “I think we have a moral obligation to raise awareness about the unsustainability of our current population growth rate, and the importance of slowing that rate down, as well as changing our consumption patterns.” On the consumption side, Endgame 2050 makes a compelling case for eliminating meat from our diet.
    Alec Baldwin, Brad Pitt, “nature porn,” and the United Nations all come up in our free ranging conversation. The film is free to view on several streaming services. Visit endgame2050.com for screening information (and for good resources if you want to dig deeper into the subjects raised in the film).

    DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Welcome to Overshoot: Have a Nice Day – Conversation Earth Special
    Podcast Version
    Radio Broadcast Version
    Endgame 2050
    MeatYourFuture.com – Sofia’s website supporting a plant-based diet
    Lie Down in Darkness – by Moby
    The Game Changers
    Bad science and bad arguments abound in 'Apocalypse Never' by Michael Shellenberger – by Dr. Peter H. Gleick
    Decoupling Nonsense – episode 35 of the GrowthBusters podcast

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    Join the conversation on Facebook
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    Archive of all episodes of the GrowthBusters podcast
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Sarah’s Wildlife Friendly Wedding

    Sarah’s Wildlife Friendly Wedding

    If you're planning your wedding, or have a friend planning theirs, this episode is for you. The idea of a virtual wedding seemed pretty geeky a year ago, but in the COVID era, suddenly the notion isn’t so far-fetched. But if you’re not going virtual, we have some other recommendations for you to shrink the footprint of your wedding.
    In this follow-up to episode 25 of the GrowthBusters podcast, Sarah Baillie reports on how she made her wedding “wildlife friendly.” Sarah wrote the Wildlife Friendly Wedding Guide, and told us about this before her own wedding in episode 25 (link below). At the time she was just embarking on planning her own wedding, so we invited her back to report on the blessed event.
    Sarah is Endangered Species Condoms Coordinator at the Center for Biological Diversity, so we also asked her for an update on this program (we are big fans), especially during the pandemic period of isolation.
    The Wildlife-friendly Wedding Guide (e-version is free)
    How to Have a Green Wedding – GrowthBusters Episode 25
    Bury Mom in the Back Yard? The Ins and Outs of Green Burial – GrowthBusters Episode 41
    The SoKind Registry (register your wedding for small-footprint gifts - homemade gifts, charitable donations, secondhand goods, experiences, time, day-of-event help, and more.)
    Center for Biological Diversity
    Endangered Species Condoms
    Avoid Unplanned Parenthood (video of Dave handing out Endangered Species Condoms)

    How To Make Vegetable Broth With Kitchen Scraps

    Sustainable Gift Giving in the Time of Coronavirus – by Sarah Baillie

    Our Webinars (video and podcast versions) about Planet of the Humans:
    VIDEO:
    Planet of the Humans: a Sequel (Webinar)

    Planet of the Humans Webinar Part 2

    PODCASTS:
    Planet of the Humans: What Did the Film Get Right? (webinar part 1)

    1-See Planet of the Humans; 2-Resolve Overshoot (webinar part 2)


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    • 42 min

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Future of humanity

This podcast is easy to understand and entertaining. It addresses how much better the future will be for generations to come if we quit abusing the planet we depend on for survival.

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The essential topic to cover

Consider nearly any issue of the environment, conflict, disease, resource depletion, global warming, and so on. Follow the issue to its roots and you'll find a belief that growth will solve almost anything -- economic growth, which people believe requires population growth.

We can talk about it or not. If we talk about it we have a chance to do something about it. So far almost no one talks about it. Dave Gardner and Growthbusters talks about it.

This is the podcast of the future. It will change how you see the world, your place in it, and how to act.

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