Degrowth Is Coming

In this American Libraries magazine column,  Edgardo Civallero describes the concept of “degrowth” (defined as:  equitable down-scaling of production and consumption) and how libraries can contribute to this logical response to climate change – both in modeling degrowth and in supporting the community through this change.

Civallero is active in the IFLA Indigenous Matters section and in The Progressive Librarians Guild.

 
 

Information for our survival: LIS and Climate Change

Thanks Ayoola White for an excellent LIS student blog post “Information for Our Survival: LIS and Climate Change.”   A MUST READ for everyone, here is a quote I liked:

“These are grim times indeed, but I for one would like to highlight what we can do, not just what we cannot do or what our obstacles are. As hackneyed as this sounds, this is the only planet we have. Those of us who consider climate change a threat and want to do something about it are in the majority. Furthermore, scientists and politicians are not the only people who have influence in this area. We as information professionals have important contributions to make. I believe that we can make those contributions using the same creativity we use to address the other community issues that we address so expertly.”

Also appreciated her reply in the comments section, including her TuTu quote 🙂

Triple Bottom Line

Librarian Gary Shaffer (who’s book Creating the Sustainable Public Library: The Triple Bottom Line Approach, will be published in early 2018) wrote this short column for American Libraries magazine. Triple bottom line sustainability is a framework that looks holistically at environmental, economic and social aspects. He shares a few ideas on how libraries can lead the way for their communities and ensure they themselves thrive well into the future.

Strengthening the Voice for Sustainability

Kellie Sparks shares, in this American Libraries magazine column, the idea that libraries can assist supporting activists and other stakeholders in their communities fighting climate change by more proactively collecting and disseminating information   Libraries naturally curate but can and should actively market meaningful data and resources to those seeking this information. She also offers a list of  some key resources.