"The net worth of the 225* richest people in the world now equals the combined income of the poorest 2.6 billion, who comprise 47 percent of the world's population." (UNDP's 1998 Human Development Report)     (* billionaires)

my World View:

my Personal Actions:

__ I believe the human race passed a comfortably sustainable population in about 1950, at 2.5 Bn, but now there's twice as many of us, and three times as many in twenty years, with a most influential minority using FAR too much. The middle- class and rich have the wrong goals (largely induced by advertis- ing), if the world is to remain as civilised as it was between ' 55 and ' 77 (not incl. Stalin/Amin).
____ The >1 Bn car-using, meat- eating destructive people (CuMeDs) will need to drastically reduce both their consumption and what they do! Doing too much, while there are too many people, should be reduced since this is the origin of most of our excess consumption. Job- and- income- sharing would be a major step in the right direction.

__ I have reduced my demands on the Earth to a bare minimum by spending US$950 p.a. TOTAL; including no more than US$450 a year, or $8.65 per week, on food (all of it bought at the super- market). I pay for my share of the rates on our mortgage- free house, and I walk or (occasionally) take the bus, e.g. to buy the groceries. I walk barefoot year- round (@ lat. 37, maritime), wearing thongs/jandals if the road is rough or my pack is heavy. I haven't thrown out clothes for a couple of decades, and I'm now gradually using up that capital investment.
____ I am now free, from the boss's pressure to produce more and from "keeping up with the Jones's"! It's not exactly a religious decision, but it's based on some of the same basic impulses.

 My newest page is: www.geocities.com/davd.geo/index.html

Please read the early-'98 : Rachel's Weekly: #582: (01/22/98):
"One Fundamental Problem"
{ the corporation }

I'm not recommending others do the above, though I am saying it's possible.         David MacClement  ZL1ASX

Want a more authoritative opinion than the above?

 Observer article

Click here for a real expert's view of the future (Donella Meadows).

My letters to the Positive Futures list, + some responses.

Our local paper Front Paged me, in 1992. Check it out?

An article on the Environmental Backlash

5 years after the Rio Earth Summit: nothing?


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What sustainability is, in my view.            Visualising a better Future

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Total costs under $900 p.a.?!: My diet, for minimum healthy eating (at under US$9/wk).


A recent description of what I think of my life ;
       (in a new browser window)
 
and: our family travels in Malaysia and India;
      (what we learnt [new browser window] )


David's reason for existence

Best of RainForest
Best of RainForest


Others? [21 kB]RainForest Featured Site

Free Speech (Also check my personal opinions page, or my philosophy/social site.)


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New Zealand from Space

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia is acknowleged for receiving and processing the images. Permission from the Japanese Meteorological Agency is required and they are to be acknowleged for providing the raw data. (JMA Fax +81 3 3212 2453)

Weather in NZ, 6 Mar 2000.      


Jeanette Fitzsimons MP is the NZ Greens' Co-Leader; her maiden speech, press releases, etc.
Also: Recent New Zealand environmental news (David's choice). [same page: 52 kB]

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Please visit:

Worldwatch Logo

The Worldwatch Institute. Worldwatch is dedicated to fostering the evolution of an environmentally sustainable society, one in which human needs are met in ways that do not threaten the health of the natural environment or the prospects of future generations.

An extract from a recent WorldWatch book;

{The page also has the whole of the Press Release containing:}
"China, with its vast population, simply will not be able to follow for long any of the development paths blazed to date. The country that invented paper and gunpowder now has the opportunity to leapfrog the West and show how to build an environmentally sustainable economy. It will be forced to try and chart a new course. If China succeeds in charting an environmentally sustainable course, it could become a shining example for the rest of the world to admire and emulate. If it fails, we will all pay the price."

Income for All (?) :


Keith Rankin's paper on UBI, presented to the Beyond Poverty Conference, May'97, at Massey University, Albany N.Z. (27kB)

Sally Lerner's paper on the UBI in Nth. America, presented to the July 5-7/97 meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics in Montreal.

UBI in New Zealand:
the latest UBINZ newsletter

All UBINZ Newsletters

UBI in New Zealand: general

Keith Rankin's
Short Items

(last modified on: Fri 8th. Nov. 2002.)

Signs of hope:

Greens making an Impact in Europe!

www2.europeangreens.org/europeangreens/updoct98.html     starts:

- October 1998 -

  - NEW CHAPTER IN GERMAN GREEN POLITICS -
        - GERMAN GREENS IN GOVERNMENT -
- SLOVAK CITIZENS HAVE DECIDED ON CHANGE -

NEW CHAPTER IN GERMAN GREEN POLITICS

The German voters have opened a new chapter in the history of German Politics and ... of the German Greens.

The final result of the elections: Social Democrats: 40,9 % (+ 4,5 %; 298 MPs), Christian Democrats 35,2 % (-6,2 %; 245 MPs), Greens 6,7 % (- 0,6 %; 47 MPs), Liberals 6,2 % (-0,7 %; 44 MPs), Socialist Party 5,1 % (+0,7 %, 35 MPs). This result leads to a Red-Green absolute majority by 21 seats.

[T]he Greens and the Social Democrats ... negotiations towards a new Red-Green government in Germany.

... Both the Greens and SPD ... a strong start will be essential for the new government.
All in all, the situation is not bad considering that there is a Red-Green majority in both houses. More importantly, the German Greens have Green partners in government on a European level with Italy, France, Finland and potentially Sweden in the EU, as well as Georgia which will give them the opportunity to new Policy making on that level also.

Considering the national elections in Europe within the last 2 years, we have a completely new perspective for the Greens on the European level, and we shall use these victories over [economic-] neoliberal governments.


*** Consumers demand labeling of biotech foods

Despite an endless stream of corporate propaganda, consumers in the U.S. -- as well as the rest of the world -- remain troubled or anxious about genetically-altered food. Every major national poll in the industrialized world over the past 10 years has found 80-95% of consumers demanding labeling of biotech foods -- primarily so that they can exercise their right to avoid buying them if they so choose. ...
In a ... comprehensive poll by the biotech giant Novartis in February of 1997, a full 93% of Americans said that all genetically engineered foods should be labeled. In the same Novartis poll 73% said they felt "strongly" about mandatory labeling of gene-altered organisms, while 54% wanted to see agriculture move toward organic production methods. For a global summary of consumer polls on labeling genetically engineered food see:
www.consumersinternational.org/campaigns/biotech/surveys.html

Despite overwhelming public sentiment, Monsanto, the Clinton Administration, and biotech/ factory-farm interests remain unalterably opposed to mandatory labeling and safety testing of gene foods. Over the past two years U.S. authorities repeatedly have threatened to sue the E.U. under the new GATT rules for "restraint of trade" if they require mandatory segregation and labeling of U.S. agricultural exports containing gene- altered substances. ...

On May 19 U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky threatened France and the EU with trade sanctions on the g-e corn issue. In a statement to Reuters, Barshefsky stated: "This is very serious and threatens a very substantial trade row if these corn varieties are not allowed to be marketed fully."

U.S. free traders received further bad news on May 26 as EU farm ministers passed a long-awaited bill requiring mandatory labeling of g-e corn and soybean products. The law basically states that all foods with detectible levels of genetically modified corn or soya (gene-altered DNA or proteins) will have to be labeled. Although the law was condemned by U.S. authorities, European groups such as Greenpeace, the Green Party, and consumer associations complained that the law contains exemptions on non-detectible additives such as soy oil and lecithin -- which means that most processed foods, such as margarine and chocolate, will still not have to be labeled. Informed sources in Europe have told Food Bytes* that, although the Clinton administration doesn't like the soy and corn labeling law, they will not at this time try to challenge the rule at the GATT/WTO.
In the wake of the USDA organic standards fiasco and mounting global pressure for biotech labeling, U.S. authorities fear yet another public relations disaster if they attempt to overturn the May 26 law.

Even Monsanto has felt the need to try to placate their opponents recently, claiming, somewhat unconvincingly, that they no longer oppose labeling of gene-altered products in Europe. In the words of Monsanto's Europe-Africa President Bernard Auxenfans, quoted in the UK Farmers Guardian of May 22:

"Perhaps too often we expect Science working with regulatory reviews to be sufficient for consumers... The soya bean experience in Europe again reminds us that along with these elements we must make a special effort to provide information to the public in understandable language and we must be able to direct people to independent information services." At the same time Monsanto's PR spin doctors stress that the U.S. is "different," and therefore requires no "understandable language," i.e. labeling.

* from: Food Bytes #9, June 2 '98.

Eco-village initiative in Adelaide: announcement and comment.

*** Dolphin conservation agreement signed

Copyright 1998 Nando.net
Copyright 1998 AFP

WASHINGTON (May 21, 1998 2:56 p.m. EDT http://www.nando.net) -
        The United States and six Latin American countries signed an agreement Thursday to protect dolphins from tuna fishing nets that threatened to devastate the mammals. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright hailed the accord as "one of the strongest agreements ever negotiated to conserve marine life."
        Under the accord reached in February following six years of negotiations, all tuna fishing vessels will be required to have observers on board to monitor catches and an international panel will be established to ensure compliance.
        Albright signed the International Dolphin Protection Program agreement with the ambassadors of Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela, which were among the 13 countries to negotiate the accord.
        The United States has agreed to lift tuna trade embargoes on all nations that sign the pact.
        ''I am very pleased to participate in this signing ceremony,'' said Albright from the podium in the State Department's Benjamin Franklin Room.
        "It's not every day that I can honestly say we take action to benefit a group whose members are uniformly intelligent, open, friendly and can swim close to 40 miles an hour," she said.

*** Global warming issue pits north against south

Delegates to a 150-nation conference on global warming met in closed session Friday after saying there were large gaps to be overcome before a draft treaty could be approved at a December conference in Japan. The fight over global warming, thrust into the limelight this week when President Clinton presented U.S. proposals, pits industrial countries against developing nations who want a cleaner, cooler world but not obstacles to their economic growth. Delegates to the United Nations-sponsored conference on climate change in Bonn said the negotiations were expected to go down to the last minute in Kyoto, Japan, and would ultimately have to be settled at the highest levels.

The Kyoto Climate Treaty: U.S response (polls, etc.)
        KyotoUSCANresp.html

Clinton's State-of-the-Union Speech

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY COALITION                Contact: Henry Griggs 202-326-8714
315 CircleAvenue, #2;Takoma Park, MD 20912  Ken Bossong 301-270-2258
301-270-2258; fax: 301-891-2866                         <kbossong@cais.com>
For Immediate Release                       January 28, 1998

COALITION CALLS PRESIDENT CLINTON'S CLIMATE CHANGE INITIATIVES IN THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

President Clinton's announcement in last evening's State of the Union address of a $6 billion package of increased R&D spending and tax incentives to address global climate change is a step in the right direction. However, given the serious environmental and public health threats posed by growing dependence on fossil fuels and the resulting greenhouse gases, the U.S. must move further and faster in deploying sustainable energy technologies. Wide-spread use of presently available and cost-effective energy-efficient technologies, renewable energy (i.e., biomass, solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric), fuel cells, and district energy could reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 10% below 1990 levels by 2010.
       Accordingly, the Sustainable Energy Coalition, a coalition of 40+ national business, environmental, consumer, and energy policy organizations, plans to support the President's proposals to expand the use of sustainable energy technologies while pressing for additional funding increases and tax incentives; pro-efficiency, renewable energy, and environmental protection provisions as part of electric utility restructuring; and other policy initiatives.

Editor's picks Urban Ecology Hemp Action Green Economy Growing Hemp for Fibre, Fuel & Farmaceuticals! Washington State

Marijuana, education & jobs: GreenViews NZ.

Applying Public Accountability to the MAI : Some hope?

Ngai Tahu Agreement (NZ)
receives Sir Geoffrey's Praise.


Simple living Links:

Click here for "Voluntary Simplicity" article in Detroit News

4 Positive Futures archives: "Should one work hard?"
indexed. [89 kB]
"Enjoying (?) Frugality"
indexed. [64 kB]
"y2k discsn"
[28 kB]
"Less cars; kids"
[27 kB]
("Less cars" also talked about what living was like in the 40s, 50s and early 60s, especially for school kids.)
Several months of year-2000 posts to the Positive Futures and GreenViews lists. Note: stored as a ZIP file. Remove the .txt, and change -mbx to .mbx, then they can be put into Eudora as 4 mailboxes.

Here is my selection of some June '97
discussions: Frugal-Ed

my letter to Frugal-Ed, on saving water:
extreme measures.

Other Web-sites showing up in a search for my 38 keywords,
i.e. with similar concerns.
[46 kB]

David MacClement's
suggestions (right half):-




Derald Martin says:

Try these. The are of variable quality and relevance
but you may find some of them to be useful:
D Simple Life......

EcoNet's Frugal Living Pages

Frugal Corner

"Alternatives'" web site

Carol's Place | Clay and Judy Woods' place

More Simple Living Links. | LOTS of simple-living Links

Ash Grove Community Farm & Center for Sustainable Living

Sustainable Resources on the Internet (contributed to: sgarrett@wsu.edu by: Robert Wilson)

Center for A New American Dream

Homeless for years (and other letters by Elaine)

My reasons for living debt-free, (on Frugal-Ed). | First response. | Second response.

the Frugal-Ed LISTS (150-200 kb!): Messages
sorted by: [ thread ] [ subject ] [ author ]

Links:

Hello! Sea Mammals

Indonesian lizards & snakes gecko

Review of "Affluenza", by: Gordon Rands: <gpr3@psu.edu>

Elisha's endangered species site.

Slocan Valley BC Canada the Slocan Valley (BC) Watershed (Valhalla Wilderness Society)'s website


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Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 07:23 +1200
Subject: [GREENNEWS] Non-sense

Don't blame me, I'm just passing this on...
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If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?
Would a fly without wings be called a walk?
Can you be a closet claustrophobe?
If the funeral procession is at night, do folks drive with their lights off?
If a stealth bomber crashes in a forest, will it make a sound?
When it rains, why don't sheep shrink?
If the cops arrest a mime, do they tell her she has the right to remain silent?
Why is the word abbreviation so long?
If a book about failures doesn't sell, is it a success?
Do cemetery workers prefer the graveyard shift?
What do you do when you discover an endangered animal that eats only endangered plants?
Do hungry crows have ravenous appetites?
Is it possible to be totally partial?
What's another word for thesaurus?
When companies ship Styrofoam, what do they pack it in?
If it's tourist season, why can't we shoot them?
Why do they sterilize the needles for lethal injections?
Why is there an expiration date on my sour cream?
Why do kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
How do you know when it's time to tune your bagpipes?
Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?
When you choke a smurf, what color does it turn?
Why do they call it a TV set when you only get one?
Do radioactive cats have 18 half-lives?
What was the best thing before sliced bread?
How can they tell that twin lobsters are really twins?
How does a thermos know when to keep something hot, hot...and something cold, cold?
What is the speed of dark?
Why are there braille signs on drive-up ATM's?
How come you never hear about gruntled employees?
------------------------------------------- That's all folks!!

Chris dennis@actrix.gen.nz, Wellington, New Zealand.

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