There’s no solution to climate change without the truth

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It’s scary to think that a tiny group of ideologically driven psychopaths are unravelling our planet’s ecosystems to add to their already obscene wealth. But as difficult as it may be to comprehend, we must face this reality head-on, because quite simply, there’s…

Agreements, promises, and targets, but no real change.

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Is this the year when things finally change? Will our so-called ‘leaders’ come to their senses and set us on the path to a stable climate? Will they admit that predatory capitalism is the source of environmental and social harm and that it needs to be…

We need to stop tiptoeing around destructive corporations and speak the truth

What are we cheering for? (Flicker)

There’s nothing intrinsic about capitalism. It’s not part of human evolution, it’s not embedded in our DNA and it’s not a law of nature. It’s just an economic system that was invented to exchange goods and services.

But there’s a problem.

The rules of the game encourage unethical behaviour…

If you incentivize a system to cause harm... then don’t be surprised when it causes harm.

If you incentivize a system to cause harm….then don’t be surprised when it causes harm.

PART I

Responsibility

In a recent conversation with a fellow sustainability strategist it was suggested that the efforts of sustainability and CSR professionals, while not perfect, are based on good intentions. That got me thinking. Are good intentions enough? What if those intentions are constrained from within a corporate culture that uses…

How did we get it so wrong? How did we miss who was sitting across from us at the climate negotiating table?

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In hindsight, immediate regulatory change should have been the redline at COP26. And if our so-called “leaders” failed to deliver, it should have set off a global chain reaction to overturn a corrupt and suicidal system of commerce.

So why didn’t that happen…

If only we could find a way to remove inequality, climate change and human exploitation from our economic system. The “Wellbeing Economy” is the answer.

The reward system of capitalism is a mess. In the pursuit of capital, we’re encouraged to exploit people, animals and the natural world. The corporate backed media glorifies this as “good business” while praising the most effective predators among us. But the harm that this sociopathic system has caused…

Deep down we know that something is very wrong. We can see that we’re not actually making progress, to the contrary, we’re falling further behind.

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It just doesn’t feel right. Everyday seems to bring some exciting news about a new innovative solution that will hopefully prevent us from experiencing devastating climate change. Sector after sector agrees to “do better” and sets targets, even Wall St., arguably the most predatory and pillaging of all the…

It’s time to call out the “Billionaire Money Hoarders” for their harmful and antisocial behaviour

Are billionaire money hoarders much different than junk hoarders?

It was still dark yesterday morning as I sipped my coffee and somehow found myself watching the show “Hoarders”. It made me think of an article that I read last week about a billionaire who was charged for doing essentially the same thing but with money; hiding (hoarding) 2…

How ethically bankrupt politicians are paving the way towards ecocide

Imagine a world where Ernie never found Bert

It’s hard to imagine a world where someone didn’t think to pair Ernie with Bert, Simon with Garfunkel, or macaroni with cheese. Some things are just meant to go together and if they’re kept apart, we’re all worse for it. Climate science and climate policy are a perfect example.

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Brad Zarnett

Sustainability strategist, writer & speaker. Exploring how capitalism fails to protect environmental & social capital and what to do about it.

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