GST Original Articles

By Kollibri terre Sonnenblume / 06 June 2019
Forgiving Debt to Invest in Environmental Healing Fir seedling, in author’s hand [photo by author] “I want you to act as if the house is on fire. Because it is.” —Greta Thunberg The US economy is awash in debt.
    As of the fourth quarter of 2018, household debt in the US totaled $13.54 trillion. The largest portion of this is mortgage debt, which totalled $9.12 trillion. [source]As of March 2019, total credit card debt is $1.057 trillion, which is an average of $8,286 per household. The...
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By Kristine Mattis / 02 June 2019
Fantasy and Fatality in the Facebook Era: A Lamentation for My Father Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. --James Baldwin Seven weeks ago, my father died - abruptly, unexpectedly, and prematurely. I say that as a simple matter of fact because despite my utter heartbreak, no amount of euphemisms or platitudes will change the reality of the situation. Some people might find it odd to state that my father died prematurely... Read more
By Robert Hunziker / 02 June 2019
In August of 1987 the world came together after a panic attack over ongoing depletion of atmospheric ozone: The Ozone Hole.  Subsequently, global agreements to stop ozone depletion became the first ever “universally ratified treaties in UN history.” The world banned chlorofluorocarbons CFCs. Thereafter, an era of good feeling about ozone restoration swept the world community and 25 years afterwards Science News magazine reported: “Ozone Hole at Smallest Size in Decades” (October 26, 2012).  ... Read more
By Ellen Brown / 02 June 2019
This article is excerpted from my new book Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age, available in paperback June 1. The U.S. federal debt has more than doubled since the 2008 financial crisis, shooting up from $9.4 trillion in mid-2008 to over $22 trillion in April 2019. The debt is never paid off. The government just keeps paying the interest on it, and interest rates are rising. In 2018, the Fed announced plansto raise rates by 2020 to “normal” levels — a fed funds... Read more

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By Phil Rockstroh and Kenn Orphan / 30 September 2019
Thus we come to the root of the problem for all too many activists responding to the Climate Crisis including  Greta Thunberg, who has become a celebrity thus a vessel for projections, both slanderous and hagiographic. The Greta phenomenon, by its nature provokes, emotional responses from climate denialists (and rightwing soreheads in general) freaked out by a smart, passionate young woman and... Read more
By Eleanor Goldfield / 29 September 2019
As environmental author and journalist Fred Pearce noted in an article in April, “there are growing concerns that the reforestation agenda is becoming a green cover for the further assault on ecosystems.” Be it the claim that planting a trillion trees will save us or the 2011 Bonn Challenge that promises to plant 1.35 million square miles of forest by 2030, the devil truly is in the details.
By Alf Hornborg / 10 September 2019
Most scientists, politicians, and business leaders tend to put their hope in technological progress. Regardless of ideology, there is a widespread expectation that new technologies will replace fossil fuels by harnessing renewable energy such as solar and wind. Many also trust that there will be technologies for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and for “geoengineering” the Earth’s... Read more
By Giorgos Kallis / 09 September 2019
Introduction to the new book by the prolific degrowth author Giorgos Kallis, just published by Stanford University Press.
By Roger Copple / 08 September 2019
I am very excited about the success of the growing Extinction Rebellion movement, which often supports the Green New Deal.  If it turns out that these two movements are disguised attempts by the one percent to set the stage for a new world order of global capitalism (with massive growth instead of vastly reducing our ecological footprint) with the same old outrageously large gaps between the rich... Read more
By Rufus Jordana / 04 September 2019
What is the Green New Deal’s answer to this dilemma? It refuses to acknowledge the problem. Clearly, the Green New Deal is rhetorically very strong on highlighting the injustices and ecological problems of the current economic system, rightly arguing for the climate crisis to be understood as a social justice and a class issue and outlining some of the basic characteristics of an ecological... Read more
By Naveena Sadasivam / 04 September 2019
Wyoming wants to modify the Fontenelle Dam so it can use an extra 80,000 acre-feet of water from a tributary of the once-mighty Colorado River. At its headwaters, Denver Water hopes to expand a reservoir’s capacity by 77,000 acre-feet of water. And several hundred miles south, Utah is trying to build a pipeline that can funnel another 86,000 acre-feet out of the river. There are at least six... Read more

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