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New Year’s Resolutions for us all

Rapid, planned decarbonization and transition to renewables concomitant with equal restrictions on fossil fuel extractions. Decommodification of basic social goods that we already know are more efficient and effective when publicly provisioned. A vast shift of resources—and sovereign power—to the Global South, not out of moral duty, but out of rational necessity concomitant with a […]

A lot of our problems are the same problem

recycling simply does not work to reduce the amount of plastic in the world”. And although the public’s enthusiasm for anti-plastic campaigns is partly motivated by the feeling that it is a simpler and more solvable problem than climate change, the two issues are more closely connected than most people realise. Seven of the 10 […]

We have to change a lot very fast and we can’t do it with capitalism

[Economies] need to transform the ways in which energy, transport, food , and housing are produced and consumed (O’Neill et al. 2018). The result should be production and consumption that provides decent opportunities for a good life while dramatically reducing the burden on natural ecosystems. In terms of greenhouse gases, global net emissions should be […]

Increasing housing density along arterial roads just reinforces inequality

Vancouver is densifying in areas that will make people sick and exacerbate inequality. Vancouver has a housing affordability crisis. They are trying to make homes more affordable by building more of them, and they’re primarily building in dense strips along arterial roads. Living near a road with lots of car traffic is very, very dangerous. […]

A Culture of No | VQR Online

We have laws requiring us to accept refugees. The laws define refugee very narrowly. These laws aren’t being followed by the people tasked with implementing and enforcing them. Isaac arrived from Syria, a country with a relatively developed infrastructure before the war. With the help of his family back home, who mailed materials to support […]

What if instead of becoming the world’s police, we’d become the world’s doctors?

In Liberia, we saw that communities with strong primary healthcare were better able to stem the spread of Ebola. We are now applying these lessons to more effectively protect the health of our people should another outbreak strike. We have prioritised investments in primary healthcare to ensure that citizens can secure essential health services free […]