John A. Lanier

Ecocentricity Blog: Who Doesn’t Love a Good Singalong?

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Perhaps the words are overly simplistic (it is a children’s song after all), but the song directly acknowledges our dependence on nature for a range of ecosystem services. Which isn’t exactly a simple concept when you reflect on it.

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Perhaps the words are overly simplistic (it is a children’s song after all), but the song directly acknowledges our dependence on nature for a range of ecosystem services. Which isn’t exactly a simple concept when you reflect on it.

Ecocentricity Blog: What's a Pirate's Favorite Letter?

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The three R’s of sustainability are Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. There is a better list though, and this one has five R’s instead of three.

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The three R’s of sustainability are Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. There is a better list though, and this one has five R’s instead of three.

A Different Perspective on “Solar Power”

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By one definition, the United States generated 79.9% of its electricity from solar power in 2015. Should we be celebrating that fact? Not really.

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By one definition, the United States generated 79.9% of its electricity from solar power in 2015. Should we be celebrating that fact? Not really.

Ecocentricity Blog: Building a Bridge

By Guest Blogger, Chantel Lanier
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“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,/ “There followed after me to-day/ A youth whose feet must pass this way…/ He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;/ Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”

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“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,/ “There followed after me to-day/ A youth whose feet must pass this way…/ He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;/ Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”

Ecocentricity Blog: A Vision of Our Economic Future

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What if every single person instinctively took ethical values into account every time they bought a banana, bottle of wine, cell phone or house?

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What if every single person instinctively took ethical values into account every time they bought a banana, bottle of wine, cell phone or house?

Where’s the Emergency Brake on This Thing?

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Ideally, the free market would have some mechanism by which the interests of future generations are protected. It would have some emergency brake to stop excessive consumption that might leave future generations with less than they deserve.

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Ideally, the free market would have some mechanism by which the interests of future generations are protected. It would have some emergency brake to stop excessive consumption that might leave future generations with less than they deserve.

“Externalities” is a Big Word

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Do we pay for these costs at the grocery store cash register? Not even close. That’s what I mean by the market’s failure to internalize external costs.

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Do we pay for these costs at the grocery store cash register? Not even close. That’s what I mean by the market’s failure to internalize external costs.

Ecocentricity Blog: Musings from a Rainy Monday Evening

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If you need another New Year’s resolution, try this one on for size: celebrate sustainability by embracing the human experience.

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If you need another New Year’s resolution, try this one on for size: celebrate sustainability by embracing the human experience.

Ecocentricity Blog: Let's Play Another Game

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Here’s the game. I will give you a quote, and then I will challenge you with the impossible task of guessing who said it. It could be Justin Bieber. It could be Kim Jong-un. Who knows?!?!

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Here’s the game. I will give you a quote, and then I will challenge you with the impossible task of guessing who said it. It could be Justin Bieber. It could be Kim Jong-un. Who knows?!?!

Ecocentricity Blog: Four Simple Letters

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Ray’s environmental epiphany and all his efforts over the last 17 years of his life are best described by the word “love.” Love for his company and its employees. Love for the Earth. Love for his family.

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Ray’s environmental epiphany and all his efforts over the last 17 years of his life are best described by the word “love.” Love for his company and its employees. Love for the Earth. Love for his family.

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