How Rights of Nature victories in Colombia’s rainforests can inform shared knowledge systems globally shared knowledge systems globally

Rights of Nature is a movement that has been fortifying itself around the world as an antithesis to the dominant paradigm of limitless growth and extractivism. Firmly grounded in holistic Indigenous worldviews, this ecocentric paradigm could be a global game changer if a coordinated and adaptable effort — based on shared knowledge systems and accountability — … Continue reading “How Rights of Nature victories in Colombia’s rainforests can inform shared knowledge systems globally shared knowledge systems globally”

Building Bioregional Food Systems Post-COVID 19: The Northeast Healthy Soil Network & the power of regional food system reform consortium work

COVID-19 has reminded us, perhaps as never before, that we need an overhaul, not only of our health care system, but our food system as well. [1]  As a steady stream of studies and articles point out, a priority of future food system policy should be to support the emergence of local and regional, diversified, healthy … Continue reading “Building Bioregional Food Systems Post-COVID 19: The Northeast Healthy Soil Network & the power of regional food system reform consortium work”

The ‘new normal’ has been postponed (and probably canceled)

There remains a hope that once we get past the economic and social effects of the pandemic, all of us will be able to return to something resembling normal life before the pandemic—even if it is a “new normal” marked by heightened vigilance and protection against infectious disease … But the date for this recovery … Continue reading “The ‘new normal’ has been postponed (and probably canceled)”

Can changing habits for self-reliance and resilience help society avoid the worst of unfortunate futures?

Retrosuburbia provides the patterns and models that need to be replicated across our residential heartlands to achieve a scale of impact. By replacing a fair slab of the current household consumption activity (currently about 55% of GDP in Australia) with downsized and much more efficient ways to provide basic needs in the household and community … Continue reading “Can changing habits for self-reliance and resilience help society avoid the worst of unfortunate futures?”

The Focus is ‘Enough’ Rather Than ‘More’

Rob Dietz: Steady-state economics is a sustainable alternative to mainstream or neoclassical economics, which assumes perpetual growth of production and consumption. Such an economy keeps material and energy use within ecological limits, and the unsustainable (and unrealistic) goal of continuously increasing income and consumption is replaced by the goal of improving quality of life for … Continue reading “The Focus is ‘Enough’ Rather Than ‘More’”

Hey, Joe Biden! Call Me, Before Debating Trump on Climate Change

The first debate between President Trump and former Vice President Biden will occur on the 29th of September. In advance of the encounter, 70 Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates asking it to publicly call on the moderators to include climate in the topics that will be addressed during the debates

This ‘self-sufficient’ Chinese city is being built with future pandemics in mind

A city near Beijing is being designed with rooftop farms, 3-D printing facilities and ample space to work from home – to protect residents against future pandemics. Vicente Guallart, whose Barcelona-based firm of architects won a contest to design the community, said: “We cannot continue designing cities and buildings as if nothing had happened.”

For an e-communitarian union of experiences in Abya Yala

Translated by Jane K Brundage. For an explantion of terms, see the Translator’s Notes at the bottom of the article. Original Spanish version: “Por una conjunción ecomunitarista de vivencias en Abya Yala” in Aporrea, August 25, 2020 For An E-communitarian Union of Experiences in Abya Yala [1] The coup at the end of 2019 in … Continue reading “For an e-communitarian union of experiences in Abya Yala”

West Coast wildfires: a letter to friends from an Oregon resident

We are in the midst of an unmitigated natural disaster here in Oregon and on the West Coast. I struggle to find the words to express what’s happening and the toll it’s taking – on our natural treasures, on homes and businesses, and on our collective psyches. People outside our region probably don’t grasp the … Continue reading “West Coast wildfires: a letter to friends from an Oregon resident”

Remembering David Graeber – ‘rest in power, peace and possibility’

I want the bullshit jobs to end, the debt to be forgiven, and the riot cops to blink, dumbfounded, in the mirror, before dumping their uniforms in the bin. Rest in power, peace and possibility, David – your legacy will spill out into the future of this world in so many untold directions, so many … Continue reading “Remembering David Graeber – ‘rest in power, peace and possibility’”

Wellbeing Farm, a “Slow Tech Living Laboratory” for the Hudson Valley Bioregion

Wellbeing Farm will explore an array of innovative heritage and leading-edge technologies by which individuals, communities, and the Hudson Valley Bioregion can thrive in decades ahead – designing and realizing pragmatic, environmentally and economically sound tools for peacefully, equitably, and intelligently transitioning away from fossil fuels.

‘That’s the Way It Is’: Trump’s Dismissal of Hurricane Laura and Climate Crisis Echoes Remarks on COVID-19 Deaths

Already, 2020 is shaping up to be a record-breaking year for powerful storms and other impacts of the climate crisis. The most important unknown element, when it comes to how bad things could get, scientists say, is what actions we take today to curb the worst effects of climate change down the road.