Author Archives: Bob Thomson

One year on, no lessons learnt? – Vikalp Sangam

A very good critique of “development” in India This is a Longer version of the recently published article Are we listening to the lessons taught in the first year of Covid-19? Local self-reliance for basic needs, and localized exchanges of … Continue reading

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Review: Tim Jackson’s Post Growth – Life after capitalism

Tim Jackson’s Prosperity Without Growth is one of the most influential books on the postgrowth bookshelf, written in the wake of the financial crisis and clearly articulating the limits of economic growth as a measure of success. This book also … Continue reading

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What the Ever Given saga could teach us about the world

Washington Post, 30 March 2021 – https://tinyurl.com/38ws8xx4 The mishap led to the huge container ship choking off the Suez Canal, a man-made strait that sees more than a tenth of all global shipping pass through every year, for almost a … Continue reading

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Are Environmentalists No Wiser than Monkeys Reaching for the Moon?

A fairy tale comparing monkeys cooperating to get the moon out of a lake to environmentalists pursuing a consumer economy based on renewable energy – blanketing the Earth with solar panels and wind turbines – reaching for the mere illusion … Continue reading

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Fossil Fuel Pollution Kills Eight Million a Year

On Feb. 9, the journal Environmental Research published a study conducted by three British universities and Harvard, titled “Global mortality from outdoor fine particle pollution generated by fossil fuel combustion: Result from GEOS-Chem.” While it seems like just another research … Continue reading

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Degrowth Conferences in 2020 & 2021 – helpful info and links from degrowth.info

The rhythm of the international degrowth gatherings and discussions in 2020 and 2021 adapted and adapts to present circumstances. The <degrowth.info> web site has provided some useful links here to past and upcoming gatherings and discussions. In 2021, compatibly with … Continue reading

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Wisdom from the oil fields?

It isn’t often I find somewhat enlightening articles in the NYT, but this one struck me as worth the “long” read (3000 words). Smith’s outline of the history and dangers of our fossil fuel dependency is useful, but so is … Continue reading

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Investigative documentary sheds a light on the World Bank’s role in helping ExxonMobil exploit one of the biggest fossil fuel discoveries of our time.

Berlin, Washington D.C. | October 16th 2020 As the World Bank conducts its Annual Meeting, an investigative documentary sheds a light on the Bank’s role in helping ExxonMobil exploit one of the biggest fossil fuel discoveries of our time. [Canadian … Continue reading

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Guardian: Could covid degrowth have helped save the planet?

Slowdown of human activity was too short to reverse years of destruction, but we saw a glimpse of post-fossil fuel world. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/29/could-covid-lockdown-have-helped-save-the-planet?utm_term=8e65cf71ab81da53711a2aa69b324337&utm_campaign=GreenLight&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=greenlight_email

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The Transition to a Post-Capitalist World

Bob Thomson, April 10, 2017 An exciting new paradigm of transition to a post-capitalist world is unfolding in the forms of platform cooperativism, open source peer to peer manufacturing, agricultural and production technologies and convivial degrowth. It proposes a reduction … Continue reading

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