Avatar’s History Lesson

Avatar’s History Lesson

This article was originally published in Common Dreams. Like Barack Obama, Avatar has become a Rorschach test for the times in which we live. Everyone interprets it their own way. Nominated for nine Oscars, it’s already the highest-grossing film of all...
Will Cash Cool the Planet?

Will Cash Cool the Planet?

Call it guilt money, a long-overdue environmental debt payback, or a smart investment in a hurting planet. Whatever it’s called, climate-change repair funds are on the way. One leading funding program discussed at climate change deliberations in Copenhagen is...

Cities Can Save the Earth

The climate crisis won’t be solved by changing light bulbs and inflating your tires more, planting a tree and driving a little less. It’s going to require a truly fundamental shift in how we build our cities and live in them. The key to changing our cities...

Abolition Follies

St. Augustine fooled around a lot as a young man. At one point during his philandering, according to his Confessions, the future Church Father uttered the immortal lines: “Give me chastity. But not yet.” President Obama has taken a very Augustinian...

Capitalist Pigs

Think about the term “money laundering” for a moment. It suggests that the more often dirty money changes hands, the cleaner it gets. Globalization operates according to the same imagined principle. If we tear down the barriers to the free flow of capital,...

100-Day Dash

One hundred days isn’t enough to judge a presidency, the cautious pundits say. “It takes time for a president to put his team in place, formulate policy, steer legislation through Congress, and conduct foreign negotiations,” history professor Allan...

Towards an Economic System that Works for People and the Planet

Towards an Economic System that Works for People and the Planet On November 15, the leaders of 20 nations and the major multilateral financial institutions will gather behind closed doors in Washington to discuss the future of the global economy. Led by outgoing U.S....

How Badly Can the ‘Experts’ Ruin the Planet?

Remember the World Bank, that global “development” institution based in Washington, D.C., that dispenses billions of dollars a year to poorer nations with the declared intent of ending global poverty? We — and many of you — spent decades...

Global Green Jobs

“Green-collar jobs” are a hot topic these days. This is good news, certainly, for those who seek to alter our present course toward climate catastrophe. Greater awareness of the promise of a green economy allows us to challenge the too-familiar framing of...

Wal-Marts Sustainability Initiative: A Civil Society Critique

Nearly two years ago, Wal-Mart CEO H. Lee Scott announced a bold initiative to turn the world’s largest company green. A long-anticipated fi rst progress report on these sustainability goals is expected to be released soon. In advance of the company’s...

The Frankenstein Alliance

If you read U.S. newspapers through a security lens, you might get the impression that Washington is well on its way to containing China economically, politically and militarily. China is portrayed in the media as America’s enemy of choice: the 2006 Quadrennial...
Global Warming: Its All About Energy

Global Warming: Its All About Energy

Finally, after years of effort by dedicated scientists and activists like Al Gore, the issue of global warming has begun to receive the international attention it desperately needs. The publication on February 2 of the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel...