Government


Of the people, by the people, for the people

Government is part of the problem and part of the solution, but that shouldn't be surprising because government is simply the means by which our communities make decisions — for good or for ill. Governments have power and resources, but they can also move very slowly. What are the best roles that government agencies and officials of all levels should play in confronting challenges as large as climate change, as complex as social justice, and as controversial as overpopulation?

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David Orr: Keynote at State of the World 2014 Symposium

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David Orr looks at the history of the environmental movement and how we got to a system where "we have an economic model that doesn't calibrate with the way the world works".

David Orr begins at 1:02:50.

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