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James Gustave Speth

James Gustave Speth

James Gustave Speth is the former Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is the author of several books including "The Bridge at the End of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability," and "America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy."  He was co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Resources Institute and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Next System Project. During the Carter Administration, he served as Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality.

Articles by this author

 

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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