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The Lucky and The Unlucky – SEF News-Views Digest

Collage: meals in a lucky family and unlucky family

SEF News-Views Digest No. 180 (8-23-17)
Clifton Ware, Editor-Publisher

I was pleasantly surprised this week upon reading an essay-sized book titled Night Thoughts, by playwright-character actor Wallace Shawn. Recently, he appeared in a public TV interview to discuss this book, and Bettye and I were impressed with the depth of his thinking and speaking. The following excerpts summarize his basic message, which speaks to our current extremely conflicted socio-cultural-political scene, whereby the very fortunate have-a-lots (winners) live very well, while the suffering have-nots (losers) struggle to survive. Continue reading The Lucky and The Unlucky – SEF News-Views Digest

Technology = Salvation? – SEF News-Views Digest

Nuclear explosion

SEF News-Views Digest No. 179 (8-16-17)
Clifton Ware, Editor-Publisher

The creative team of Post Carbon Institute’s Richard Heinberg and colleagues has chalked up two more successful publications. Not long after debuting the innovative educational course Think Resilience, they’ve produced an impressive new manifesto titled #NoApp4That, which you’ll want to check out. But first, you might want to watch a short animation, Hello Humanity, It’s Me, Technology. We Need To Talk, which is making the rounds on social media.

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Earth Overshoot Day 2017 (8/2) – SEF News-Views Digest

SEF News-Views Digest No. 178 (8-9-17)
Clifton Ware, Editor-Publisher

A week ago we reached Earth Overshoot Day, the annual marker for illustrating the point at which humanity has used as much from nature as Earth can renew for this entire year. This means that for the next five months we’ll be over-drawing from our planet’s Nature Bank reserves, as we persistently continue providing for our basic needs—in addition to our unessential wants. In short, we’ve overshot (overused) the amount of ecological resources and services that nature can regenerate.  [The chart above shows that Overshoot Day 1971 occurred on December 21st, whereas in 2017 it occurred on August 2nd, a difference of 130 days within a 47-years timespan. Also, in terms of natural resources, we’ve used the equivalent of 1.7 Earths since then.]

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There’s Strength in Numbers (Of Kindred Folk) – SEF News-Views Digest


SEF News-Views Digest No. 177 (8-2-17)
Clifton Ware, Editor-Publisher

The portion of humanity perceiving the potential enormous challenges ahead is a relatively small yet potent community. For this reason, attendees to the first Transition US Gathering at Macalester College this past weekend were excited to be in the company of so many like-minded folk. I don’t mean to insinuate that everyone agreed on all issues as presented and discussed, but there were ample opportunities to find reinforcement for any preferred cause—also to learn more about other topical issues, and how they interrelate.

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Transitioning Ahead, July 27-30 – SEF News-Views Digest


SEF News-Views Digest No. 176 (7-26-17)
Clifton Ware, Editor-Publisher

This issue marks a return to the weekly delivery of yore. The every-other week publishing schedule worked well for the past three months, but two issues ago I began reducing the descriptions of articles to about half of the wording used previously. This approach has resulted in a reduced time commitment, so, for now, we’ll return to weekly issues—except for occasional timeout breaks.

Another reason for publishing this issue is to reemphasize and highlight the very special, first-time Transition US National Gathering, which will be held at Macalester College July 27-31Continue reading Transitioning Ahead, July 27-30 – SEF News-Views Digest