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Unrestrained growth threatens Earth’s biosphere. I believe we need sustainable development: meeting present needs without compromising the future. Each generation should leave the next at least as much wealth per capita as it inherited, where wealth includes both manmade and natural capital.  Economies should be based on people and environment friendly technologies, renewable energy use, and resource recycling. Their health should be gauged by indicators of sustainability and human well-being. We need to move beyond thinking all “growth is good”.

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a spade WV Theme...

...individual <---> nature

the theme is paired with: #22A Economic Growth to make Choice #44    in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:  version 1.0  version 2.0    version 3.0        is this theme new to version 4?--NO

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 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
Worldview Watch issue #60, posted 5/15/2019 Tough Choices Behind Positions on Responding to Climate Change
Worldview Watch #44, posted 5/19/2015: Steps Toward a Pay As You Go Economy

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

intergenerational equity Sustainability Global Warming
Ecosystem services renewable energy Sustainable Development
Climate Change Steady State Economy Ecological Economics
Stewardship Sustainability Measurement Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
resource recycling The Limits to Growth about 1972 book, lead author Donella Meadows  degrowth 

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#4 Spreading Disinformation / Tactical Deception #19A  Competitive Capitalism  #22B Imperialism   #26A The Consumerist   
#26B  More is Better Mentality / Abundance #28A   Hedonistic Orientation   #36A Cynicism #37A   Proud Identification & Tribalism  
#43   Seeking Wealth & Power   #45A Borrowing Mentality    #46B Military Backers #48A Privacy
#50A Libertarian    #51B Big Business Pushes Global Limits #101B Mind Narrowly Focused #103A Individual Glory
#104A  Human-Centered #204A Freedom From Limits  #44A Sanctity & Dignity of Life    

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #23A: Sustainability 

Global Footprint Network  (mission: “advancing the science of sustainability”)
Various Definitions of Terms Related to Sustainability  
“'Beginning of the end' for fossil fuels: Global wind and solar reached record levels in 2022, study finds” by Sophie Tanno (story from CNN, April 12 2023)
Practical Things You Can Do to Combat Climate Change ( from November 2019) 
Environmental Education Ideas for Kids by Ginger Reid (August 20 2018 contribution) 
Climate Reality Project (Al Gore led group offers educational materials, climate activist training, etc)
Sustainability Now (references, links, etc from engineering perspective)
Links on Sustainable Development
International Institute for Sustainable Development
The Worldwatch Institute
The Blue Carbon Initiative  (group dedicated to mitigating climate change through coastal ecosystem management)
The Sustainability Institute (founded by Donella Meadows)
Population Connection (non-profit organization founded as Zero Population Growth in 1968)
Links on Sustainability and Corporate Environmentalism
Earth Observatory (NASA website)
Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (at UC Berkeley)
Sustainability Solutions Workshop for Business People (offered by Arizona State University Jan 2021)
Representing Global Warming Graphically (NOAA graph, produced January 2016)
National Resources Defense Council -- global warming
NY Times archive of articles on global warming and climate change
This is Climate Change (a photo gallery)
How Climate Change is Destroying Earth (summary of the argument in graphical/pictorial form, from 
Pew Center on Global Climate Change
The Rocky Mountain Institute
The Ethic of Zero Growth
Engineers for a Sustainable World
Sustainable World Coalition
World Resources Institute
Scientists knew 2023’s heat would be historic — but not by this much (climate change related story from The Washington Post January 9 2024)
"Is the Collapse of a Critical Atlantic Current Really Imminent?"  by Matt Simon (from Mother Jones August 7 2023)
"Is the climate crisis finally catching up with Antarctica?" by Andrew Meijers (from The Guardian August 6 2023)
“Chemical pollution has passed safe limit for humanity, say scientists” by Damian Carrington (from The Guardian January 18 2022)
“India's Population Will Start to Shrink Sooner Than Expected” (report from The Economist December 4 2021)
"IPCC steps up warning on climate tipping points in leaked draft report" by Fiona Harvey (report from The Guardian June 23 2021)
The Other Greenhouse Gas (report about methane from The Economist April 3 2021)
2020 Tied for Hottest Year on Record by Chris Mooney etal. (report from The Washington Post January 2021)
Climate Change--Winter is Not Coming   (graphical presentation of data aided report from The Economist March 28 2020)
"Humanity under threat from perfect storm of crises – study" by Fiona Harver (article in The Guardian Feb 6 2020)
“Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates” by Damian Carrington  (report from The Guardian  Jan 13 2020)
“Climate tipping points — too risky to bet against”  by Lento etal (report in Nature Nov 27 2019)
"Community as an equal partner for region-based climate change vulnerability, risk, and resilience assessments" by M. Cains and D. Henschel (in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainabilty August 2019)
"There is more CO2 in the atmosphere today than any point since the evolution of humans" by James Griffiths (report from CNN May 13 2019)
“Food: A Meaty Planet  (Bad for Environment, Good for Many People)” (article from The Economist May 4 2019)

"Here's a running list of all the ways climate change has altered Earth in 2019" by Mark Kaufman (article posted on Yahoo News March 16, 2019)

The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future   by David Wallace Wells (review by David G. Haskell in The Guardian Feb 17 2019)
"For a lower climate footprint, vegetarian diet beats local(Oct 23 2018 Science Daily report)
Veganism: The Retreat from Meat  (report from The Economist October 13 2018)
"One of the most worrisome predictions about climate change may be coming true" by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post Apr 23 2018 report) 
"Can the Earth Feed Ten Billion People?"  By Charles C. Mann (from The Atlantic Jan 23 2018)
"New Study Says Climate Change Made Hurricane Harvey a Lot Worse" by Kevin Drum (from Mother Jones Dec 13 2017)
"Strategies for reducing vulnerability and building resilience to environmental and natural disasters in developing countries" by Moushumi Chaudhury (World Resources Institute   May, 2017)
Fourth National Climate Assessment Executive Summary (15 page summary of U.S. Congress mandated 477 page report) 
"Soil Pollution in China—The Bad Earth" (article from The Economist June 10 2017)
Water Scarcity (report with global perspective from The Economist November 5 2016)
"Ravaged Woodlands" (article about the future of American forests from The Economist July 9 2016)
“The Secrets in Greenland’s Ice Sheet” by Jon Gertner (Nov. 12, 2015 article from The New York Times)
"Climate Change: It's Getting Hotter" (article assesses damage already done, in The Economist , Oct 3 2015)
"Water Guzzling Agriculture" by Reed McManus  (report on the price of food in terms of water used, Sierra magazine September 2015)
"California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth" by A. Nagourney etal (article from The New York Times April 4, 2015)
"Earth's Dashboard is Flashing Red--Are Enough People Listening?" by Dennis Dimick  (report from National Geographic Feb 2 2015) 
"It's Official: 2014 Was Hottest Year"  (news item from The Washington Post Jan 16 2015)
This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein (sounds alarm about climate change, review by Rob Nixon of 2014 book)
"Climate Change: In the Balance"  (article about a new way to view the problem based on latest IPCC report, from The Economist Apr 5 2014)
"Cloudy Forecast" by Gabriel Popkin (about clouds as the biggest uncertainty in climate modeling, article from Science News Mar 22 2014)
"The Future of the Oceans: Acid Test" (article from The Economist Nov 23 2013)
"Human Assault Pushes Ocean to Limit Unseen in 300 Million Years" by Jon Queally (Oct 3 2013 article on Common Dreams website)
"The Next Frontier" by Jeffrey Sachs (guest article presents his vision for sustainable development in The Economist Sep 21 2013)
"Limits to Growth: 1972 Collapse Prediction Still on Track" by The Common Dreams staff (April 6 2012 article)
"Perpetual Growth Myth Leading World to Meltdown" (Feb 2012 article re: UN report, by Common Dreams staff)
Plan B 2.0: Rescuing A Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble, by Lester R. Brown (entire book online)
Earth Trends: Environmental information (includes detailed searchable database, from World Resources Institute)
The Unsustainability of Development
Energy Use and Sustainable Development

"Persian Gulf may soon be too hot to support human life" (AP story Oct 27 2015)

"Carbon Dioxide Passes a Symbolic Mark" (May 10 2013 report on BBC News website)
"What the Doha Climate Talks Could Do for Sustainable Development" by C. Schuetze (Dec 3 2012 NY Times)

"With Carbon Dioxide Emissions at Record High, Worries on Slowing Warming" (article Dec 2 2012 NY Times )

"It's Global Warming, Stupid!" by Paul Barrett (article from BusinessWeek November 1 2012)
"Public Awakens to Limits to Growth" by Ugo Bardi (April 5 2012 post on Financial Sense website)
"Melting Arctic Link to Cold, Snowy UK Winters" by Richard Black (Feb 27 2012 BBC News report)
"As Permafrost Thaws, Scientists Study the Risks" by Justin Gillis (Dec 16 2011 NY Times article)
"Shock as Retreat of Arctic Sea Ice Releases Deadly Greenhouse Gas"  (Dec 2011 article in The Independent/UK)
"Monster Greenhouse Gas Levels Seen" (CBS News report, November 3 2011)
"Climate Change: The Heat is On" (article from The Economist October 22 2011)
2010 - 2011: Earth's most extreme weather since 1816? by Jeff Masters, meteorologist
"Climate Change: It's Bad and Getting Worse" by Dahr Jamail (June 2011 Al-Jazeera news story)
"State of the Ocean: Shocking Report Warns of Mass Extinction" (news story on Huffington Post May 2011)
Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed, and a Sustainable Future by Saleem H. Ali (review at Forbes of  2009 book)
"Setting Boundaries: Ten Guidelines to Save Earth" by David Biello (in Dec 2009 Scientific American)
"A Path to Sustainable Energy by 2030" by M. Jacobsen and M. Delucchi  (in Nov 2009 Scientific American)
The Biology and Business of Biofuels: Climate and The Challenges of Sustainable Fuels (2008 UCTV program)
Greenhouse Reduction - Underground Storage of Carbon Dioxide (2008 UCTV program)
"Is the Future of Biofuels in Algae?" by J. Donovan and N. Stowe (Renewable Energy World article Jun 2009)
The Power of Renewables, by Matthew Wald (from March 2009 issue of Scientific American)
How Meat Contributes to Global Warming, by Nathan Fiala (from Feb 2009 issue of Scientific American)
"What Does the Arab World Do When Its Water Runs Out?" by John Vidal (from Feb 2011 The Guardian)
"Facing the Freshwater Crisis" by Peter Rogers (Aug 2008 article re: sustainable use of water from Scientific American
"The Next Big Biofuel" by Tim Padgett (in Time February 9 2009)
"Climate Change: The Tragedy of the Himalayas, by Bryan Walsh"  (in Time December 14 2009)
"Uncle Sam Needs to Solve the Energy Crisis" by Jeffrey Sachs (in Time June 9, 2008)
Earth: The Sequel, by Fred Krupp and Miriam Horn (more about this 2008 book on treehugger website)
Special Issue Scientific American Magazine:  Energy Solutions for a Sustainable World (Sep, 2006 issue)
Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World ed. Michael K. Stone and Zenobia Barlow (from Sierra Club Books)
"21st Century Strategies for Sustainability" by Hazel Henderson (2005 article / economic focus)
Special Science Magazine Series on the State of  the Planet (written late 2003)
Climate Ark's Sustainability Initiatives Solutions
"Skeptics Find Fault With U.N. Climate Panel" by Elisabeth Rosenthal  (Feb 8 2010 NY Times article)
Cool It and The Skeptical Environmentalist, by Bjorn Lomborg  
Correcting Myths from Bjorn Lomborg
Manmade Global Warming Claims--Hundreds of Scientists Dissent (2008 US Senate Minority Report)
Climate Change--2005 floor speech by Sen. James Inhofe ("greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American public")
quotes about sustainability from the Sustainable Communities Network

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