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1 December 2014

Six Myths About Climate Change that Liberals Rarely Question

By Erik Lindberg.

One half of the population says it is not happening, and the other half says it is happening but fighting it doesn’t have to change our way of life. Like a dysfunctional and enabling married couple, the bickering, finger-pointing, and anger ensures that nothing has to change and that no one has to actually look deeply at themselves, even as the wheels are falling off…

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20 October 2014

A Movement in Search of a Narrative

By Kari McGregor

One common omission in all of the approaches of the various tribes of the environment movement – and it’s a unifying point if ever there was one – is a strong focus on social justice. I say this hesitantly, as all tribes believe they are pursuing social justice perhaps just as strongly as they believe they are pursuing environmental sustainability. But just repeating the truth that ‘climate change is a social justice issue’, for example, does not provide adequate insight as to what environmentalists mean when they refer to the enactment of social justice, or even what their definition of social justice is…

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13 October 2014

Reconciling Differences & Building Solidarity

By Kari McGregor

A key point of conflict between Deep Green activists and their Bright and Lite counterparts is the contrast between their eco-centric worldview and the anthropocentric norm. It is precisely this eco-centric worldview that determines how far the radical is prepared to go in order to set human society on a sustainable course. This is often not well understood by the mainstream environment movement due to the common perception of nature as a collection of resources meant for human exploitation. With Bright Green and Lite Greens there is a degree of elasticity to the term ‘sustainable’, and anthropocentric compromises are widely accepted, whereas Deep Greens are comparatively fundamentalist in their commitment to a literal definition of sustainability…

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