Building a world of
resilient communities.



Economics as if people mattered

Robert Costanza is professor of ecological economics at the University of Vermont and director of the Gund Institute of Ecological Economics. He talks about the things most economists overlook, like the fact that growth can't continue forever on a finite planet, and the ways our well-being is not connected with how much money we have.

To solve real-world problems, he and his colleagues have found The Solutions Journal, a free, on-line journal. In recent article for the journal, they argue that a simple (in concept) regulatory change could prevent future BP-type oil gushers in the gulf. It requires knowing how much the services of the Gulf ecosystems are worth--and one of Costanza's colleagues has calculated that the Mississippi River Delta alone provides $12-47 billion or more in benefits to people each year.

Peak Oil Check-In: Subsidies to Fossil Fuels Make Our Addiction Worse (Part 1)

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

Sign up for regular Resilience bulletins direct to your email.

Take action!  

Find out more about Community Resilience. See our COMMUNITIES page
Start your own projects. See our RESOURCES page.
Help build resilience. DONATE NOW.


This is a community site and the discussion is moderated. The rules in brief: no personal abuse and no climate denial. Complete Guidelines.

#SolidarityCities: Philadelphia

#SolidarityCities is a project exploring how peer organizations facilitate …

Home, Sweet Kleptocracy

Every now and then, a book changes the way you see the world. It’s …

Why "Supply and Demand" doesn't Work for Oil

A gradual switch to higher-cost energy products, in a sense, works in the …

The Local Economy Solution

So, cities and states should stop trying to lure huge corporations from one …

Hang Onto Your Wallets: Negative Interest, the War on Cash, and the $10 Trillion Bail-in

In uncertain times, “cash is king,” but central bankers are …

Collaboration and Changing Beliefs are Two Keys for a Degrowth Economy

Today when we think about a degrowth economy, about fostering the transition …

Bread, Circuses and Inequality – a Dishonest Bargain

Consumerist ideology treats society as a collection of individuals, each …