Indonesia has significant challenges ahead to realize its president's ambitious goals. But it is significant is that Indonesia's leadership understands that economic growth can -- and must -- go hand-in-hand with conserving nature.
America needs to lead. We use the most energy. We use the most resources. And we generate more trash than anyone else on the planet. It's not that we don't know how to do it. We do already. Here in California.
This progress is too slow and not audacious enough. We need Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAG). What has to happen to flip the current energy paradigm, where oil is 3.6 percent of our energy consumption?
There is little about this current state of affairs that we will want to sustain. Sustainability, a state we never came close to achieving, is no longer enough. Regeneration is what is required. What is it?
The idea that we can build a strong economy while improving our environment is seen as pure fantasy. Of course, the real fiction lies in thinking you can ignore environmental impacts and carry on with slash and burn economics forever.
Three governors and the Premier of British Columbia announced an action plan to make the Pacific Northwest's homes more energy efficient, its vehicles less dependent on oil, and its communities less vulnerable to the threat of global climate change.
What is the business case for conservation? Just a few years ago, I don't think many people in either the business or conservation communities would have thought to even pose that question. But times are changing.
When Rick Buss left his position as city manager of Maricopa, Arizona, to become the town manager of a 2,000-person, economically struggling town called Gila Bend in 2008, some people who know him personally and professionally wondered why.