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Sustainability, Politics, and Consumerism

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Steven Cohen on the shift to a clean economy

As 2011 ends and we find some time for reflection, I am thinking a lot about the issue of material consumption and sustainability. Many of my students believe that a key answer to the crisis of planetary sustainability is for individuals to reduce their material consumption. When they say this, they are not thinking of the planet's poorest people, but the planet's richest people. There is a case......read more

Wasteland

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How America can save money and stop wasting less food, water and energy

Waste is just that – a waste. A waste of time, money, and valuable resources, like food, clean water, fertile soil, or energy.  As pointless as waste is, and as much as we dislike it, it is all around us. We waste almost half the food we grow or raise. We waste more than half our energy through inefficiency, we waste three-quarters of our fuel in gas guzzlers, we waste water......read more

2014 Prix Pictet Winner Michael Schmidt Passes Away

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German photographer dies just days after winning award for the theme of 'Consumption'

German photographer Michael Schmidt has died at the age of 68, just days after being awarded the fifth Prix Pictet for the theme of "Consumption." Schmidt won the 100,000 Swiss franc prize for his photographic series Lebensmittel, which examines the workings of the global food industry. The series was years in the making: Schmidt travelled the world to factory farms, slaughterhouses, and......read more

Thank You for Sharing

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Collaborative consumption is the new rideshare, writes Daniela Walker for our friends at Collectively

Daniela Walker for Collectively: Six years ago the idea of a stranger staying your in apartment while you were away was an uncomfortable thought. Who would want a stranger snooping around their stuff? Invading their private space? And then people began to realize that they could make money from strangers inhabiting their place and thus, Airbnb was born. While that is not an accurate history......read more

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