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Dave Gardner

Dave Gardner is a 2024 presidential candidate who promises to declare an emergency and launch a national project “to get the U.S. out of ecological overshoot.” His platform challenges “conventional wisdom” about economic growth, population, jobs, and even the American Dream. He proposes dramatic action to give our children a bright future instead of a dead planet. 

As a filmmaker, Dave Gardner learned the art of spin producing films for over a dozen Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-Cola, IBM, several airlines, oil and chemical companies, and even Enron. He filmed early fracking demonstrations as well as the first deep ocean mining project. But now he’s more worried about the health of our planet. Dave gave up his film/video business, country club membership and quest for the traditional “American Dream” in order to produce the 2011 documentary, GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth, about our worship of growth everlasting. 

For the last 5 years he has co-hosted the GrowthBusters podcast about coming to terms with limits to growth. He produced the Conversation Earth syndicated radio series, currently edits and writes Ending Overshoot at Medium, and he co-hosted The Overpopulation Podcast while executive director of World Population Balance. During his presidential campaign he’s hosting the Dave the Planet podcast.