Tagarchief: effective environmentalism

Non-human overpopulation is the real problem

It is often claimed – especially by environmentalists – that there is a human overpopulation problem: there are too many humans, or the number of humans is growing too rapidly. I will argue for the controversial, opposite claim. Of all … Lees verder

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Conflict of interest bias

In discussions about controversial topics such as climate change, vaccine safety, environmental sustainability, pesticide toxicity, chronic Lyme disease, male privilege or homeopathic therapies, we often hear the argument that scientific studies are biased due to financial conflicts of interest of … Lees verder

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Being rational about nuclear power

Disclaimer: in the past I did several actions against nuclear power. This article does not reflect the opinions of the environmental organizations I am and was involved in. Effective environmentalism deals with the irrationalities in the environmental movement. These irrationalities … Lees verder

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Why naturalness is a misleading value

A lot of people have a preference for naturalness. They prefer natural disease prevention instead of vaccines, natural foods instead of foods containing GMOs, chemical additives and vitamin supplements, clothes with natural fibers instead of synthetic fibers, animal meat instead … Lees verder

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Effective environmentalism and ecomodernism

This Earth Day is a good opportunity to answer a question that some people asked me: what is the difference between my environmentalist views and ecomodernism? We can generate new insights by looking at the correspondences and differences. What is … Lees verder

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One day car free

In a previous post I wrote about the benefits of eating vegan for one day. Here I discuss the benefits of living car free for one day. In particular: what if an average person in Belgium replaces car transport by … Lees verder

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Ineffective actions and campaigns that can backfire

Effective altruism is not only about looking for actions that do the most good, but also about avoiding ineffective actions. Here I will give four examples of campaigns or actions that can backfire in the sense that they can do … Lees verder

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