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James Gustave Speth

James Gustave Speth

James Gustave (Gus) Speth is currently Distinguished Fellow at The Democracy Collaborative. He is the author, most recently, of They Knew: The U.S. Federal Government’s Fifty-Year Role in Causing the Climate Crisis (MIT Press, 2021). He has served as Dean of the Yale School of the Environment, Administrator of the UN Development Program, and President of the World Resources Institute. He was President Carter’s Council on Environmental Quality chair. His other books include "The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability," and "America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy."

Articles by this author

 

Can Transformative Change Come to America?

Perhaps sooner than most think, major legislative action regulating greenhouse gas emissions will finally be possible. But that moment will not arrive without deep struggle, organizing, and collective persistence.

James Gustave Speth ·


A People’s State of the Nation

We now face a daunting, festering array of challenges that were decades in the making. If we are to save ourselves, we must take an honest look at where we are and then act urgently to get where we want to go.

James Gustave Speth ·


Systemic Problems Require Systemic Solutions: Time to Talk About the Next System

If you’re reading this, chances are you already know that we’re facing a profound crisis. It is a crisis that encompasses almost all aspects of national and international life. We are surrounded by tragic failures—environmental, social, economic, and political.

James Gustave Speth ·




Labor and Environmental Leaders Move Beyond Differences to a Common Vision

Our nation can realize a future that is equitable and ecologically balanced, but to do so we must build a movement supported by a broad base of citizens committed to transformative change. We will work together towards these ends.

James Gustave Speth ·


Manifesto for a Post-Growth Economy

What single change stands to give Americans more free time, healthier ecosystems, and more meaningful jobs?

James Gustave Speth ·


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