Things Are Good: Slavoj Zizeck on the Ethics of Consumption

Slavoj Zizeck is a modern thinker that has done a great job of critiquing the overarching assumptions in our society when it comes to power dynamics and the insidiousness of neoliberalism. In the video above his views on capitalistic consumption are summed up rather nicely. It’s worth the ten minute coffee break to watch it. ...

Things Are Good: Buying Recycled Products is Good for Everything

Reduce, reuse, and recycle is a mantra heard time and time again. Yet, not everyone follows it (remember that they are in that order for a reason: reduce what you consume in the first place, then reuse what you can, and recycle the rest). It can be easy though. When you do buy stuff (remember ...

Political Eh-conomy: A review of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything

I have another piece up at Ricochet: a review of Naomi Klein’s big book on climate change, This Changes Everything. It’s friendly but critical, looking at what the book’s themes of austerity, the local and extractivism mean for how we build politics against climate change. I’ve included it in full below… Naomi Klein’s big book on climate ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada’s Luxury Index is through the roof

Numbers season is over but good inequality data is still missing. January sees us regularly bombarded with a whole range of economic statistics about the previous year. GDP growth: likely 1.7%, low but looking brighter for next year. Unemployment: 7.2%, low but lots of workers leaving the job market altogether as the employment rate stagnates. ...

Things Are Good: Using Behavioural Science to Lower Energy Consumption

Alex Laskey wants to lower people’s energy consumption by using tricks and practices from the world of behavioural science. It sounds great and would be great to see implemented, check out his TED talk for more:

Things Are Good: Lower Your Energy Consumption in Easy Ways

With more technology around the home more energy is required to power the devices, and this adds up when millions of people plug things in. There are enough energy consumers out there that needlessly leave things running leads to a ton of wasted energy being produced. Fortunately there are many easy things you can do ...

Art Threat: How Many Gallons per Hour? – Water Portraits brings water usage closer to home

In the excitement at finally convincing his father to be the first subject of his water portraits, Peter Holmes poured cold water over his father’s head. A surprise to both of them. Since the initial portrait, 16 have been taken over a two year period in North America, Europe, Morocco, and Turkey. Water Portraits is ...

Things Are Good: Air Miles Starts Rewarding Eco-Conscious Purchases

Starting today, consumer tracking program Air Miles will begin rewarding people with points when they make environmentally friendly purchases. But whereas previous initiatives were intended to inspire a single socially conscious decision, “these [programs] have a permanent effect,” Souvaliotis said. “If you find a way to create a trickle of reward for the consumer, then ...

350 or bust: Earth Day With A Twist: Giving Our Credit Cards A Holy Pause

Last weekend, I had the privilege of participating in a unique Earth Day celebration in Winnipeg, Manitoba. On the sunny Earth Day Sunday, I joined dozens of other people streaming into the procession as it made its way down the city’s main street. We were bracketed by a golden oil barrel in the front and ...

Art Threat: Propaganda and consumption – Friday Film Pick: Outfoxed & Wal-Town

Best Buy shoppers camp out before Black Friday, proving that certain kinds of occupations are indeed acceptable. This week’s Friday Film Pick is a double bill, commemorating two important moments. Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism is a pick that commemorates the recent poll published by Fairleigh Dickinson University showing that Fox TV news viewers ...

Things Are Good: What We Truly Need

Every person has a different take on what one truly needs as opposed to what they want. Over time as a culture we collectively define our needs and those needs change over time. The never-ending question is ultimately what do we need to live and what do we need to be happy. Obviously, we support ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Pentagon Releases New Clean Energy Strategy

pentagon.jpg The U.S. Department of Defense has released a new strategy for how the U.S. military will address growing concerns over energy consumption. The military remains the single largest consumer of energy in the world, and accounts for 1% of total consumption in the United States. As concerns continue to mount over oil prices and ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ottawa’s Green Bin Program – Time for City Council to Lead

An Open Letter to Ottawa City Council and Residents RE: Residential Solid Waste Service Level Review RecommendationsThis open letter is being posted on my blog, The Fifth Column ( http://the5thc.blogspot.com/ ) and being sent via email to the the following city councillors:Jim.Watson@ottawa.caAllan.Hubley@ottawa.caMarianne.Wilkinson@ottawa.caDavid.Chernushenko@ottawa.caThere is a time for politicians to follow and a time for politicians to ...

openalex: The Big Picture Approach to Cities and Climate Change

It was former London Mayor Ken Livingstone who started the ball rolling in 2007 when he announced that “Urban areas are responsible for over 75 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, so the battle to prevent catastrophic climate change will be won or lost in cities.” That figure – “75%” – became the urban climate ...

Marginal Notes: Exploiting the BP Oil Spill to Sell Self Tan Bronzing Gel

The August edition of Vogue Italia features a fashion spread titled ‘Water and Oil.’ I believe that ‘Violence and Destruction’ better capture the content and mood of these photos. We are accustomed to the sexualization of violence against women. Now, we’re being asked to swallow the glorification of violent destruction of the Earth. I cannot ...