Tag Archive for 'George Monbiot'

Sustained growth on a finite planet is the essence of unsustainability

June 30th, 2012 by George Monbiot

In 1992 world leaders signed up to something called “sustainability”. Few of them were clear about what it meant; I suspect that many of them had no idea. Perhaps as a result, it did not take long for this concept to mutate into something subtly different: “sustainable development”. Then it made a short jump to […]

A nuclear panacea?

February 10th, 2012 by George Monbiot

Duncan Clark’s article, New generation of nuclear reactors could consume radioactive waste as fuel, published in The Guardian on 2 February 2012 should cause even the most determined anti-nuclear campaigner to think long and hard about the choices that confront us. He reveals that Dr David McKay, chief scientific adviser to the UK government’s Department of […]

The beginning of a plan to avoid social, economic and environmental collapse

August 23rd, 2011 by George Monbiot

How much of this is real? How much of the economic growth of the past 60 years? Of the wealth and comfort, the salaries and pensions which older people accept as normal, even necessary? How much of it is an illusion, created by levels of borrowing – financial and ecological – which cannot be sustained? […]

Can you really give a monetary value to nature?

June 14th, 2011 by George Monbiot

The well-intentioned dolts putting a price on nature are delivering it into the hands of business. Love, economists have discovered, is depreciating rapidly. On current trends, it is expected to fall by £1.78 per passion-hour between now and 2030. The opportunity cost of a kiss foregone has declined by £0.36 since 1988. By 2050 the […]

Seven double standards of green anti-nuclear opponents

April 1st, 2011 by George Monbiot

Thank you to George Monbiot for giving Sustainable Guernsey permission to publish this article.  This article was published originally on the Guardian’s website on 31st March 2011 —————- Why don’t we judge other forms of energy generation by the standards we apply to nuclear power? The accusations have been so lurid that I had to […]

Back Biodiversity 100, Save our Wildlife

October 15th, 2010 by George Monbiot

This article by George Monbiot and Guillaume Chapron was published in The Guardian on 4 October 2010 in support of The Guardian’s Biodiversity 100 call to action. In less than a month, unless we can rouse sufficient public indignation to avert it, a widespread suspicion that humanity is incapable of looking after this planet will […]