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Elephant Tracks: Nova Scotia’s Ecological Footprint (2001)

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 | 0 comments

  Here is a simple way to save the earth. Exterminate the populations of North America, Japan and Western Europe. Probably not a plan. Hard to make it fly politically. But it’s a thought that flickered through my mind as I reviewed the numbers in GPI Atlantic’s recent publication. Released a few weeks ago, [in 2001] The Nova Scotia Ecological...

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Silver Donald Cameron’s TEDx talk on Gross National Happiness in Bhutan

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 | 0 comments

I’m a huge fan of the TED talks, 18-minute nuggets of wisdom, insight, fun and stimulation. If you don’t know them, you have a treat in store at www.ted.com. So I was thrilled when I was invited to speak at a TEDx event in Halifax last June – a local, self-organized occasion licensed by TED to bring people together to share a TED-like experience. I...

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Bhutan! Our First Special Presentation (with notes on newspaper managers’ decisions, the joys of home care, and other matters)

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 | 0 comments

But first: Bhutan! Nearly 40 years ago, the Fourth Dragon King of Bhutan famously declared to a visiting journalist that Gross National Product was not as important as Gross National Happiness. At the time, Bhutan was a feudal monarchy without highways, hospitals, a postal system or a national currency. Over the intervening years, the country has acquired all those...

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Bhutan in Toronto

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 | 0 comments

I just delivered a profusely-illustrated keynote speech called “Bhutan: The Pursuit of Gross National Happiness” at a 300-person conference of the Canadian Organic Growers, Toronto chapter. The reaction was really gratifying. People found the talk both fresh and inspiring – someone, somewhere is doing things right! — and although many in the...

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The Week of Bill Rees

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 | 0 comments

How can it be that I can know the right thing to do, do the wrong thing instead, and still consider myself an intelligent being? We’ve all had that experience. I shouldn’t eat any more of those fattening canapes, we think. I should not smoke. I should not take another drink. And then we eat the snack, light a cigarette, pour the drink, and ogle our...

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The Prophet of the Footprint – Sunday column, January 23, 2011

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 | 0 comments

“The ecological footprint is a very simple measure, and it’s intended to measure one thing,” says Bill Rees. “How big would the little planet required to support Silver Donald Cameron be?   “You eat food, you drink water, you deposit waste back into the environment. Everything that we consume has an origin somewhere in the earth,...

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The Happiness of David Cameron – Sunday column, December 5, 2010

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 | 0 comments

And now for some good news. David Cameron – not my brother, the guy in No. 10 Downing Street – has been musing aloud that maybe the Gross Domestic Product, a narrow financial measure developed during the economic maelstrom of the 1930s, doesn’t adequately describe human life in the globalized 21st century.  In these musings, Cameron echoes...

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