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  • Museletter #312: Systems Thinking, Critical Thinking, and Personal Resilience MuseLetter #312 / May 2018 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 133 KB) Systems Thinking, Critical Thinking, and Personal Resilience As a writer focused on the global sustainability crisis, I’m often asked how to deal with the stress of knowing—knowing, that is, that we humans have severely overshot Earth’s long-term carrying capacity, […] No responses May 29, 2018
  • Puerto Rico: Deciding Its Energy Future The immediate energy nightmare in Puerto Rico is gradually winding down, with electrical power now available to about 90 percent of households (some rural areas are still without power). But it’s clear to nearly everyone that a reversion to the island’s previous energy status quo is not a viable option: Puerto Rico has no developed local energy […] No responses May 25, 2018
  • Museletter #311: The End of Growth, Seven Years Later MuseLetter #311 / April 2017 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 125 KB) The End of Growth, Seven Years Later I wrote The End of Growth in the months following the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-2008 (the book was published in North America in 2011), with the goal of helping to put that crisis […] No responses April 19, 2018
  • Museletter #310: Getting Past Trump MuseLetter #310 / March 2018 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 118 KB) This a 3-part essay. Parts one and three is also cross-posted on Truthout. Part 1: This Is How Democracies Die Donald Trump’s 13-month tenure (so far) as president of the United States has been an exhausting sprint for onlookers concerned […] No responses March 27, 2018
  • Museletter #309: Old Age and Societal Decline MuseLetter #309 / February 2018 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 211 KB) This month’s MuseLetter brings three new essays. The first explores human aging as a metaphor for societal decline. Next up is a look at the importance of art and creativity in post-growth society. We finish with a takedown of […] No responses February 20, 2018
  • Museletter #308: Post Carbon Music MuseLetter #308 / January 2017 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 119 KB) On November 30, 2017 at the New England Conservatory of Music, Richard performed Paganini’s “Sonata Concertata For Guitar And Violin” and spoke about what the future might mean for today’s young musicians and artists, and the important role they have to […] No responses January 18, 2018
  • Museletter #307: The Power of Festivals MuseLetter #307 / December 2017 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 95 KB) Dear Readers, Thanks for you support this year, it’s been quite a year. Did you know that 2017 was the 25th Anniversary of the Museletter? If it’s provided you any value over that time then please consider making a […] No responses December 19, 2017
  • Museletter #306: Saudis and Trump: Gambling Bigly MuseLetter #306 / November 2017 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 205 KB) This month’s Museletter features an essay on recent events in Saudi Arabia and their possible consequences for the region and beyond. On a more personal note I have also included an excerpt of an article on my experience of […] No responses November 22, 2017
  • Museletter #305: Puerto Rico is our Future MuseLetter #305 / October 2017 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 93KB) My hometown of Santa Rosa, California, and surrounding communities were decimated by wildfires during the week of October 9, with entire neighborhoods completely erased. If you want a sense of how bad the fires were, watch this 11-minute video clip […] No responses October 27, 2017
  • Museletter #304: Energy and Authoritarianism MuseLetter #304 / September 2017 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 148 KB) This is an extended version of the article. An edited version was delivered in the email Museletter. Could declining world energy result in a turn toward authoritarianism by governments around the world? As we will see, there is no […] No responses September 27, 2017
  • Museletter #303: Climate Change Isn’t Our Biggest Environmental Problem, and Why Technology Won’t Save Us MuseLetter #303 August by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 170 KB) This month’s MuseLetter begins with a blog I wrote to coincide with the release of a new PCI video challenging the cultural story that technology can fix all of our problems. The next essay, “Are We Doomed? Let’s Have a Conversation,” […] No responses August 17, 2017
  • A New Covenant with Nature All human societies exhibit beliefs and practices that could be called spiritual. However, these beliefs and practices vary widely. There are strong patterns in this variability that seem tied to society’s basic economic underpinnings—whether people derive their sustenance from hunting and gathering, horticulture, or agriculture. Among agricultural societies variability seems tied to phases of urban […] No responses August 15, 2017