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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

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 11 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.”

    45 Planet of the Humans: What Did the Film Get Right?

    45 Planet of the Humans: What Did the Film Get Right?

    “There are too many human beings, using too much, too fast.” Those are the words of Richard Heinberg in a controversial new documentary executive produced by Michael Moore. Planet of the Humans presents us with some inconvenient truths – far more inconvenient than just the greenhouse gas effect. Yet because the film skewers some renewable energy advocates for painting an overly rosy picture that’s not 100% accurate, there’s been a lot of backlash and effort to keep the film from being seen. In the film, director Jeff Gibbs notes:
    “It was becoming clear that what we had been calling green, renewable energy, and industrial civilization are one and the same – desperate measures not to save the planet, but to save our way of life.”
    We think the most important messages of the film are just too critical to avoid, so GrowthBusters teamed up with World Population Balance to co-host the webinar, Planet of the Humans: a Sequel. You can view a video replay of that webinar here. Or you can listen to the audio of the webinar in this episode of the GrowthBusters podcast.
    We just recorded a continuation of the panel discussion begun in that webinar. Watch for that as another episode of the podcast in the very near future. Subscribe to our email updates or the GrowthBusters YouTube channel to be notified immediately when that video is posted.
    LINKS:
    Planet of the Humans film
    Planet of the Humans: a Sequel webinar video replay
    World Population Balance
    One Planet, One Child Billboard Campaign
    Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy
    Fact Check at Planet of the Humans Website
    Full and Sustainable Employment Act (post in Steady State Herald)
    The Real Green New Deal Project
    Green New Deal
    Panelists’ reviews of Planet of the Humans:
    The Inconvenient Truth of Planet of the Humans – by Dave Gardner
    Climate Crisis: Our Ecological Dysfunction Has a Marketing Problem (and it’s not Michael Moore) – by Kristine Mattis
    Planet of the Humans Puts Sacred Cows Out to Pasture – by Brian Czech
    Other Insightful Reviews:
    Sequence Matters – by Herman Daly

    Review: Planet of the Humans – by Richard Heinberg
    Crossroads for Planet of the Humans - by William Rees
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    44 Just Sitting Around Waiting for the World to End

    44 Just Sitting Around Waiting for the World to End

    Is there any use in choosing to live more sustainably if you’re surrounded by an unsustainable system? There are those who argue there is little value in making efforts to trim your own ecological footprint. They lament, “It’s difficult to skinny up your life when you live within a system that needs structural change,” built to drive itself off a cliff. The GrowthBusters disagree. But who can you turn to for good advice on this? An astrophysicist, of course!
    We’re joined in this episode by NYU professor Joshua Spodek. Yes, he has a degree in astrophysics, but these days he’s busy teaching and coaching leadership and entrepreneurship, doing TEDx talks, authoring best-selling books, blogging daily, and hosting his own podcast. It takes Joshua a year to accumulate a load of trash, and he hasn’t hopped on a plane in four years. So when it comes to both the joy, and the value, of individual planet-saving action, Josh is our guy.
    Here is the complete email from Rob Boman in Oregon (we shared a portion of it on the podcast) Links promised are below this.
    Hello, I just listened to podcast #35 (uncoupling nonsense). I could send a lot of stuff and I’m in the process of developing a website, but for now, you might find this interesting: I call it The Fifteen Criteria Points of Genuine, Meaningful Sustainability Thanks for your work, Robert Bolman
    1) What people commonly refer to as “sustainability” is not truly sustainable. For example, people will refer to “sustainably harvested lumber”. Lumber may be harvested in a manner that is not destructive of forest ecosystems, but in order for lumber to be sustainably harvested, not only would the chainsaws and logging trucks need to be running on something other than fossil fuels, but the chainsaws and logging trucks would need to be MANUFACTURED using something other than fossil fuels. When you consider the amount of energy required to make a large metal object like a logging truck, it is clear that even Forest Stewardship Council certified lumber is far from sustainable
    2) Genuine, meaningful sustainability is defined by a rigorous set of criteria including, but not limited to the use of nonrenewable resources and the impossibility of infinite growth on a finite planet.
    3) It therefore follows that achieving genuine, meaningful sustainability is a dauntingly complex, remote, far-flung ideal. It will be VERY difficult to achieve.
    4) As difficult as it may be, genuine, meaningful sustainability WILL be achieved because to do anything less is unsustainable. Whatever the human family fails to do voluntarily, we WILL do involuntarily. It is possible that we will become a sustainable, advanced, complex civilization. On the other hand, dust blowing on the wind is sustainable.
    5) The longer we wait, the longer we procrastinate, delay and make excuses, the more wrenching and traumatic the transition to sustainability will be. We are squandering precious time and resources presently. We have used up approximately half of our one-time geological allotment of fossil fuels. The remaining half will be increasingly more expensive and energy intensive to extract. We should be feverishly using the remaining half to construct the post-fossil fuel infrastructure that we will need. This is especially the case when considering Climate Change. Fully preparing for life without fossil fuels could take decades. Also, it is not at all clear just HOW everything we do with fossil fuels can be accomplished with wind, solar and biofuels. The time to begin that transition is NOT when the fossil fuels are dwindling and the economy is collapsing.
    6) Growth is unsustainable. Period. Within a closed, finite system like a petri dish, an island or a planet, growth of the physical environment cannot be continued. Thus, mainstream economics with its emphasis on perpetual growth is quite misguided

    • 57 min
    43 Paul Ehrlich - Uncensored on Earth Day 50th Anniversary

    43 Paul Ehrlich - Uncensored on Earth Day 50th Anniversary

    Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich reflects on more than 50 years of effort to educate the public about the unsustainability of endless economic and population growth. In this special Earth Day 50th Anniversary episode, Ehrlich discusses the challenges of getting a good university education, his work with butterflies, and a few of his over 40 books, including The Population Bomb (he shares a 50-year-old secret about a mistake on the front cover).
    Plus: Dinner with Johnny Carson, butterfly graffiti, and why the climate crisis has never captured our full attention like the COVID-19 pandemic has.
    We also make an important announcement: In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and the fact that most of us are sheltering in place, we’re making access to the documentary, GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth, and archived recordings of a series of GrowthBusters webinars, free from April 22 through April 29 (2020). Here’s the link to get access.
    EARTH DAY 50th ANNIVERSARY LINKS:
    GrowthBusters Documentary Free Screening
    Free Screening Facebook Event
    GrowthBusters Webinars Free Access
    Earth Day 2020 (50th Anniversary)

    BOOKS DISCUSSED (some recommended by Paul Ehrlich):
    Rattlesnake Under His Hat by Sam Hurst
    The Wisest One in the Room – by Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross
    Human Natures: Genes, Cultures, and the Human Prospect by Paul Ehrlich
    Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment by Paul R. Ehrlich, John P. Holdren and Anne H. Ehrlich
     
    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    The Population Bomb by Anne and Paul Ehrlich
    The Silver Lining of COVID Induced Recession - GrowthBusters episode 42
    Noam Chomsky on the U.S. media
    The Climate Mitigation Gap - study by Seth Wynes and Kimberly Nicholas
    One Planet, One Child  Billboard Campaign
    Beware the Left's 'Degrowth' Movement by Stephen Moore (example of unenlightened growth boosting)
    The Earth Is Telling Us We Must Rethink Our Growth Society by William Rees
    The End Of Economic Growth by Sarmishta Subramanian 

    Environmental Consequences of Moral Disinhibition by Richard York
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    42 The Silver Lining of COVID Induced Recession

    42 The Silver Lining of COVID Induced Recession

    Coronavirus has brought the economies of the world to a grinding halt. The world is (almost) universally mourning the recession – almost. There is a small, but rising chorus of hopeful speculation that the increasingly apparent deficiencies of our growth-obsessed economic system make it ripe for this crisis to shock it onto a more sustainable path.
    We invited Brian Czech, executive director of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE) to explain how this recession is “setting up a brighter future for the generations to come.” Our “suicidal obsession with economic growth has caused us to make some bad deals. What happens at the end of the recession is what really matters. Have we learned enough about the shortcomings of GDP growth on a full planet to NOT climb right back on that horse?
     
    LINKS:
    Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE)
    Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train by Brian Czech
    Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution by Brian Czech
    The Steady State Press
    Best of the Daly News
    The Silver Lining of the COVID-Caused Recession – by Brian Czech
    How To Avert Economic Catastrophe: Ideas From 5 Top Economists (NPR)
    Herman Daly and Kate Raworth on Pandemic-Resistant Economies
    Facebook Live Event hosted by Andrew Revkin
    An Act of Congress for the Steady-State Timeline
    Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act (1978)
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    • 54 min
    41 Bury Mom in the Back Yard? The Ins & Outs of Green Burial

    41 Bury Mom in the Back Yard? The Ins & Outs of Green Burial

    Did you know we bury enough metal in caskets each year to build a new Golden Gate Bridge? You’re living your life trying to be green. Have you given any thought to the impact of the way you exit the planet? What’s your final act? In this episode we explore how to exit gracefully, with a lighter footprint.
    Funeral director Elizabeth Fournier is known as the “green reaper,” for her and work to make information about “going green,” as your last heroic act of volunteerism, readily available to the public. Families can feel pressure, sometimes of their own making, to send someone off in high style. Fournier’s book, The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial, is a practical guide that can help you make decisions that are lighter on the planet, and happen to reduce funeral and burial costs.

    She owns and operates Cornerstone Funeral Services in the small town of Boring, Oregon. But we can promise you this episode is anything but boring.
    LINKS:
    The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial
    Cornerstone Funeral Services (includes excellent green burial resources)
    Why a ‘Green’ Burial is Best for the Environment
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    • 35 min
    40 Is GrowthBusters a Good Earth Day Movie?

    40 Is GrowthBusters a Good Earth Day Movie?

    The documentary, GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth is guaranteed to provoke conversations. Over eight years after it originally premiered, it’s still being screened. Is it still relevant? What kind of conversations does it spark? After he first watched, famed Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich wrote, “This could be the most important film ever made.”
    You may want to screen the film in your community around Earth Day this year.
    It sparked such a spirited discussion as part of an Earth Day screening attended by filmmaker Dave Gardner in 2019, that he invited one of the audience members to join him in the studio to discuss his response. This conversation was recorded nearly a year ago; it just kept being pushed aside as more time-sensitive topics and guests arose. Finally, we’re sharing it now. Erika had not yet joined the podcast when we recorded this.
    Sean Svette is very active in the local food community/movement in Colorado Springs. He’s an instructor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and played a key role in the development of SWELL (Sustainability, Wellness & Learning).
    If you’d like to organize a screening of the GrowthBusters documentary, the project makes it easy and very affordable. Visit the DVD store (links below) to order a community screening licensed DVD. Contact us if you have questions or special needs around this.
    DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:
    GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth documentary website
    DVD Store
    Community Screening DVD
    Rent or Buy Digital Version
    SWELL (Sustainability, Wellness & Learning)
    Join the conversation on Facebook
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    Archive of all episodes of the GrowthBusters podcast
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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.

Joshua Spodek ,

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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Very unique podcast

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