If we create a culture that promotes well-being and prosperity for all,
then we will be in a position to discover who we really are.
                                                 Martin Seligman

In 1976 Thomas Hanna wroteThe End of Tyranny. He opens with:

As far back as I can remember, I been fond of the words, ‘America’. As a child I liked the fine ring of it. When people said it, the liquid arabesque of the sound seemed full of some great beauty and significance.

Later, as a schoolboy, I learned things which made me even fonder of ‘America. It was a beautiful and significant word, a word whose meaning seem to curl around other words like ‘freedom’ and ‘bravery’ and ‘honor’.

While the media are focused on widening markets and tariff reductions, the bulk of the TransPacific Partnership agenda remains out of view. That's convenient for the beneficiaries, and very inconvenient to the 99.8%, and a major block to hopes of transitioning to a renewable future. So let's takle a look!

Paul R. Ehrlich | October 8, 2015

In Feeding people on our stressed planet will require a “revolution” John Harte and I argued that:

feeding the planet goes way beyond food. Revolutionary political, economic and social shifts are necessary to avoid unprecedented chaos.”

The MAHB’s mission is to inspire a global dialogue on the interconnected nature of sustainability issues, with the intention to shift the culture so that we actually become ecologically sustainable. The MAHB provides a platform for progressive civil society to actually change mainstream norms –the most fundamental step in shifting to a life-sustaining society.

One MAHB Node, Andrew Gaines in Australia, has created an approach that I strongly support. It is the Inspiring Transition initiative.

Stimulated by Paul Hawken’s Blessed Unrest, Gaines notes that today there is a vast movement for healthy change, with millions of groups working on various aspects of

Yesterday I went down to Sydney and took the ferry across to Manly to meet a philanthropist. On the ferry I happened to sit next to a woman with two children. We struck up a conversation, and it turned out she was from Campbelltown south-west of Sydney.

I admit to some stereotyping. Frankly, I assumed that she would not be very interested or knowledgeable about the environment. Nevertheless, when I learned that she liked going to the beach I pulled out one of the Tabletop Presentations The case that we are in an ecological emergency cards – the one on ocean acidification.

She scanned it, and immediately saw the connections. She said, “This is scary.” She expressed the opinion that many people should become aware of this. She also had a view that people feel helpless, so she did not hold out much prospect for change. In

Geoff Mosley
Australian Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy.

A steady state economy is an economy with a relatively stable, mildly fluctuating product of population and per capita growth (see www.steadystate.org).

Obstacles

The major obstacles to those working for a transition to a Steady State Economy are:

a) The present Endless Economic Growth (EEG) system is totally dominant and major changes to it would be fiercely resisted by those who benefit most from it;

b) At this stage, relatively few people are aware of the Steady State Economy (SSE) and its benefits and it is not part of mainstream political dialogue;