Jack Marshall and Brian Czech discuss limits to growth

Jack Marshall, President of Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population and Brian Czech, President of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy joined Coy Barefoot on WINA’s “Charlottesville-Right Now!” to discuss the limits to growth, both population growth and economic growth.

Czech describes a Steady State Economy as one that is stabilized and sustainable at an optimum size. He discusses recent national economic troubles as resulting from unsustainable growth. Marshall argues that stabilizing population growth is key to economic and environmental sustainability.

Czech believes that the decline in family farming, urban sprawl, and environmental decline are related to unsustainable growth and will threaten national security, including food and economic security.

Marshall describes the importance of sustainability as meaning that “we should be making choices today that don’t limit the choices of our children and children’s children.”

Exploring Charlottesville’s Earth Week

On this edition of WNRN’s Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call, Amy Predmore and Tatyanna Patten, Co-Presidents of Charlottesville’s Earth Week, join Rick Moore to talk about the 10-day celebration. Predmore and Patten discuss some of the general trends of the environmental movement, as well as the events coming up locally for Earth Week (which runs April 18-27). From environmental movies to tree plantings and concerts, there are more than a dozen events on the calendar.

The guests also discuss the Discover Transportation Freedom Initiative, a plan to get people to discover alternatives to commuting by car; as well as the effort to popularize Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs.

Amy Predmore says that Earth Week is about “bringing together people who care about change.” If you want to see change, you can get involved by donating or attending Earth Week events. For more information, you can contact Earth Week on their website.