By Álvaro J. de Regil
Pundits and apologists of “green capitalism”, an oxymoron, are working strenuously to deceive people. They want people to think that technology will solve all the problems associated with climate change and the planetary rift created by the Anthropocene geological epoch. With the full and enthusiastic cooperation of governments around the world, all underlying social structures such as educational systems, mass media, government public messaging, advertising, corporate public relations and many NGOs are conveying the narrative that the technological prowess of twentieth-first century capitalism will solve all the problems of the increasingly catastrophic planetary events. In this way, the messaging continues to be business as usual.
People are led to presume that capitalism and its inherent and unsustainable consumer society will continue by making capitalism more efficient, more ecologically and socially responsible and sustainable as if it were already ecologically and socially sustainable to some extent. We just need to transition to new energy sources and become more efficient in resource consumption.
Nonetheless, science has demonstrated that a safe and just transition to make the planet sustainable for the future generations of humans and non-humans, without transgressing the nine planetary boundaries, will require a radical structural and tectonic change to downscale our consumption of resources drastically.
This inevitably requires the replacement of capitalism with a new eco-humanistic paradigm for the well-being of people and the planet and not the market. However, given that governments are utterly committed to preserving capitalism, only a global eco-social movement of conscientious and concerned individuals can organise to peacefully and democratically save our home, Planet Earth.
“The number one key to achieve food sustainability and security is diversity. Resilience is a direct outcome of ecological diversity and complexity” — Debal Deb
Kolkata, India — A growing body of scientists, researchers and farmers are demonstrating that Indigenous varieties of crops are not only more nutritious but more climate-resilient and equitable for farmers growing them, by leaps and bounds over commercial agribusiness seeds.
Debal Deb, founder of Basudha, a rice conservation farm in India, has published the micronutrient profiles of 550 Indigenous species of rice which contain between 20 ppm to 152 ppm of iron.
This contrasts with the genetically-modified iron fortified rice variety IR68144-2B-2-2-3 developed by IRRI, containing only 8.9 ppm of iron. Basudha farm conserves 1,485 varieties of rice on a modest 1.7 acre plot; these include varieties with climate-resilient properties including 18 salt-tolerant varieties; 16 drought-tolerant varieties; 20 flood-tolerant varieties, including 3 submergent-tolerant varieties and more.
Commercial hybrid seeds are dependent on patented inputs that result in farmer debt, and have been found to fall behind in the category of climate tolerance. Deb has also documented medicinal rice varieties, like West Bengal’s Garib-sal rice containing nanoparticles of silver. In 2022 alone, he has shared his saved indigenous seed varieties with 1,300 small farmers.
This knowledge becomes vital in light of the government of India’s recent mandate that all rice supplies in India must be fortified with iron (among other supplements) by 2024. It involves rice being milled into a powder form, fortified with supplements, and reshaped into rice grains. TheMandatory Food Fortification Program is now in effect across 4 states (Bihar, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand) and all rice supply in India must be fortified by 2024; local news reports children in Bolangir district of Orissa falling sick after consuming fortified rice. Also, 19 samples of fortified rice out of 22 collected from Punjab failed the quality tests performed by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) labs.
Cultivating and protecting indigenous seeds offers an equitable path towards health security and climate-resilient agriculture. But recent agricultural policy has been analyzed to benefit corporate initiatives and their profit instead of protecting and encouraging Indigenous crop varieties and agroecological practices. Devinder Sharma, an Indian food policy expert, highlights that global food systems must transition to agroecology in order to truly build resilience in the food systems. While the Green Revolution was lauded for averting food shortages during the 60s in India through the introduction of high-yielding crop varieties, it has steadily resulted in environmental degradation and increasing farmer debt through expensive inputs. Solutions like those at Basudha farm exist but are under-resourced and not widespread. As another example, Deccan Development Society, an organization representing over 5000 women farmers in the state of Telangana, have documented superior drought-tolerance of their Indigenous varieties of millets and rice. Many of the small-scale women farmers proudly explain that their system doens’t trap them in debt; subsequently, their society is free from common phenomena of agrarian suicides.
“Our emphasis and advice to every farmer in the world would be: to foster and nurture diversity on all levels. On a species level, on crop genetic level, and on ecosystem level.” — Debal Deb
“Experts are spending billions of dollars to fine-tune genetic engineering, while these resilient varieties already exist… In the name of smarter agriculture we are losing these climate-smart varieties, and the farmers are trained to become puppets of agro-industry.” — Debal Deb
“Our soil is something almost equivalent to Gold. The beauty of this soil is that it can hold and store water. For instance there has been no rains for almost four months now but it acts as sufficient support to the Indigenous crop (Sorghum). This type of crop is called Satyam Panta, it grows because of the air and nothing else. Rain has never been a necessity for this crop. There are no external input pressures, and we have not witnessed any farmers suicides in our society.” — Chandramma, farmer with Deccan Development Society, Telangana, India
For resources on nutrition value and climate-resilience of Indigenous crops:
For more on Basudha Farm and Debal Deb:
For more on Deccan Development Society:
Note: All of our ongoing crises are a direct result of one crisis: We are part of nature. We are not separate from nature. And in the natural world, everything is connected to everything. The roots of the trees are connected to the soil. The soil is connected to the lakes, river and the oceans. The oceans are connected to the fish and to the clouds and the sun. When we breach the universal laws of nature, we experience the consequences of failed decision making. Remember, everything is connected to everything. When we learn and understand that, we can make our decisions and policies, systems services and create the type of world we want. Otherwise, it’s more of the same crisis after crisis after crisis. Time to make a decision:
A growing culture recently held a global food forum. What you will see is the results of the conversation.
00:04:25–00:22:03 Speaker # 1: Jon Jandai, Thamturakit Farmers in Thailand are leading their own revolution in agriculture. Contrary to conventional agriculture, Thamturakit puts farmer self-sufficiency first, removes dependencies on harmful inputs, and creates affordable access to organic foods and meals. Learn more what this alternative, sustainable model in agriculture looks like.
00:22:30–00:25:34 Question & Answer for Jon: How do the results compare between organic farming vs. conventional farming? How does Pun Pun work with students and those who come to learn? How does Jon Jandai convince people to switch to organic/sustainable agriculture?
00:32:03–00:45:34 Speaker #2: Lama Khatieb, Zikra Initiative / Al-Barakeh Lama Khatieb is a dentist by trade but a farmer by blood. She works to return her community to its ancestral roots of producing their own wheat. While Jordan has a rich history of wheat production, today, it depends on imports for 97% of its grains. Lama is leading a collective of families, farmers and businesses, to turn empty urban areas into wheat fields, restoring Jordan’s ancestral food knowledge and food sovereignty. These wheat varieties are climate resilient, rain-fed, and have adapted to grow in the arid climate.
00:45:35–00:55:00 Question & Answer for Lama: What is the current status of dependency on imports? Does the farming in Al-Barakeh use chemicals? Why is community self-sufficiency crucial? How does the wheat grown in the Al-Barakeh project support families’ livelihoods? And more.
00:55:01–01:13:42 Speaker #3 Debal Deb, Basudha Farm / Vrihi Known as India’s rice warrior, Debal Deb leads Vrihi Seed Bank in conserving 1,485 Indigenous varieties of rice on a modest 1.7 acre farm. These include varieties with climate resilient properties (drought, floods, up to 3 months submersion), and high nutritional value. Debal unpacks how India lost many of its 110,000 varieties of rice, why biodiversity is crucial to resilience, and much more.
01:13:42–01:23:19 Question & Answer for Debal: What went wrong in Sri Lanka’s attempt to go organic, how could they have made the conversion successfully? How does Indigenous rice compare to fortified rice? Why is India’s gov moving ahead with fortified rice? How can farmers have more income security?
The Age of Consequences of Systematic Failure: Our existing situations are not problems. They are Consequences
By Chuck Woolery, Former Chair, United Nations Assn., Council of Organizations (not the TV host!) and Steven Jay, Creative Director, Mobilized
“At the root cause of our problems is the failure to recognize that Independence is a man-made concept. The truth of our reality is that everything is connected to everything and therefore, everything impacts everything. Every action impacts the whole. Mobilized is firmly rooted in this natural law.” –Chuck Woolery
Every day is a new story of systematic breakdown, of tragedy, a shooting, a broken system, the election of an incompetent sociopath, a social media fiasco, or media companies at war with each other. It’s a constant struggle to keep up with it all.
We feel like screaming from the roof “What the F%&K is going on here?” Or, we can go down the rabbit hole and discover the root cause–the epicenter of most of our inherent, continual, and seemingly unsolvable problems.
What follows is a blog Mobilized released a few years earlier. It is even more relevant now. Some edits have been made and a few recently relevant events added. Please share it with others if you find it useful
The Age of Consequences of Systematic Failure: Our existing situations are not problems. They are Consequences
By Chuck Woolery, Former Chair, United Nations Assn., Council of Organizations (not the TV host!) and Steven Jay, Creative Director, Mobilized
Summary: After the Great Depression and the end of WWII the general sense of the common good generated by these global calamities gradually disappeared from public discussion. With the exception of some civil rights activities that did yield important civil progress things have gotten worse. And most agree, things are going to worsen more, before they get better. This is an examination into why things have gotten worse. And how we must change to change things for the better.
America’s success in the world and our fear of Communism helped fuel individualism, greed, and selfishness (the illusion of individual separation from the whole). This largely un-examined mindset eclipsed the ‘united we stand’ American character. It was an aberration of logic, compassion, and empathy that basically steamrolled American politics into the train wreck we have today. Recently, technology greatly accelerated this dysfunctional trend. A trend that had been well established by a largely unregulated capitalism system that had spread the dangerous meme of independence globally for the past few decades.
The tragic and lethal consequences are now around us everywhere in the US and abroad. And instead of recognizing our collective mental flaw that got us here, and confronting it, many people have doubled down on their narratives. They want to make American Great Again or finance a Green New Deal to bring back the comforts, prosperous conditions, and selfish culture that tragically nurtured our disconnect from reality. The fundamental truth that “United We Stand” – still stands. And divided we are going to fall. This time it will be a hard fall. One we may not recover from.
They are all consequences.
They are the result of our collective failure to do what we know is needed to prevent such problems.
“Human behavior is the greatest threat to human existence” Dr. Monty G. Marshall
All Americans have solemnly pledged dozens, if not hundreds of times, “Liberty and Justice for all”. But our desire for comfort, wealth, distractions, popularity, and freedom comes with all too real life and death consequences.
Americans love freedom. It is all we really have. But freedom also comes with consequences. Some freedoms have arguably been worth the cost of hundreds of thousands of American lives and trillions of our tax dollars. But it has been our overindulgence with freedom without the responsibility that is the fundamental cause of our (and the world’s) growing list of profoundly dangerous, destructive, unhealthy, increasingly lethal, and persistent consequences. Unsustainable consequences that were predictable and often warned about. Costly consequences that were, and remain, related to a simple conceptual flaw within our mental calculations.
We believe and then act out of that belief that we are independent. We are not. Yet, as Americans, we reinforce that sentiment every 4th of July. In reality, it is only a concept that doesn’t exist anywhere in the known universe. And it has zero accurate applications here on earth. Our Declaration of Independence should have been titled the Declaration of Political Separation. Not as catchy! But powerfully accurate.
It has been and remains our unyielding faith in, allegiance to, and reflexive defense of this flawed human principle that has mentally disconnected us from much of our personal, civil, environmental, social, health, and economic responsibilities. Like Neo in the Matrix, we all sense something isn’t right… but can’t see the truth;
Every aspect of our lives is dependent on other people, the environment, our nation’s laws, other nation’s laws, and most importantly, the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” which is expressed in the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence.
“Everything is connected, everything is interdependent, so everything is vulnerable”… “this has to be a more than whole of government, a more than whole of nation [action]. It really has to be a global effort.” CISA (the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) Director Jen Easterly (Oct. 29, 2021)
The growing mass of undesirable consequences that threaten our freedom, security, and prosperity were as inevitable as they were unintentional. But they are only self-evident when we are honest with ourselves about reality.
Our Founding Fathers understood reality as “Truths to be Self-Evident” based on the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God”. Their catastrophic error was failing to codify this wisdom into their new government blueprint — the U.S. Constitution. The consequence was a civil war that killed more Americans than all the wars our nation has fought in since then, combined. And some of those consequences remain with us today.
Far more Americans will die from preventable causes in the years ahead related to global factors SUCH AS terrorism, pandemics, climate change, wars, and poverty because the systems and structures that our Constitution protects today on both the national and international level still fail to codify the wisdom of “liberty and justice for all” in a world of irrefutable and irreversible interdependence.
Interdependence is accelerating due to the advances in technology that are accelerating exponentially. During the same time, our government’s capacity for change (or adaptation to change) has virtually stopped. And in some areas, it has actually reversed.
Even before Trump was elected a survey of US national security experts put our own nation’s “government dysfunction” as the second greatest threat to our national security. Just behind terrorism. It was higher than, China, Russia, Iran, N. Korea, and Climate Change. Pandemics were not on the list.
The illusion of Independence underlies most of our short-term thinking, long-term planning, slow policymaking, and reactive actions.
We assume without question our personal, budgetary, institutional, and national independence. The endless war against terrorism (a tactic that cannot be defeated) has only accelerated our loss of freedoms (including privacy) and security. Our modern world of unprecedented and increasingly powerful, affordable, and ubiquitous technological capacity for WMD creation – and the increasing difficulty in accurately attributing the identity of the attacker, put everything increasingly at risk.
Imagine the loss of lives, freedom, and prosperity from a bioterrorist attack or global pandemic far worse than Covid19 or the 1918 Flu epidemic. Unlike nuclear war, such a biosecurity threat is inevitable. Yet we remain lethally unprepared for a catastrophe that will NEGATIVELY affect every system and structure in our bodies, our homes, our economies, and the world.
We have based our policies on our illusion of independence – instead of obeying nature’s fundamental principles that are used in science and technology to engineering things that work like magic. Medicine, instant global communications, electrical appliances, and tools that work to save and protect life, while making our lives more comfortable, profitable, and secure.
It is our flawed human assumption of independence that leads us to abuse or misuse many of these amazing science and technology tools — that results in the creation and exacerbation of many of our current health and environmental problems. Sometimes with catastrophic results. But easily preventable problems if we had followed the laws of nature and nature’s God.
If you doubt this read the preamble of the U.S. Constitution. As you do, offer a school grade to each of the five clearly stated intentions to form “a more perfect Union.”
Then consider the fact that Abraham Lincoln wrote that our “Declaration of Independence” is our “Apple of Gold” and our “Constitution” is its ‘frame of silver’. Yet our elected officials swear an oath to protect the Constitution believing without reservation that it will protect our freedoms and security. How’s that working out?
Now imagine a government that is engineered on the fundamental principles offered in the Declaration of Independence. A government that … soundly embraces and promotes the responsibility of inclusion with ‘liberty and justice for all’, globally.
Some have asserted that the primary fundamental principle in both the laws of nature and nature’s God is justice. Note that the foundation of every major religion is the Golden Rule. To do unto others as you would have them do to you. Anyone experiencing an injustice doesn’t need to be a religious believer to understand the supreme value of this. Our US Justice Department offers two quotes engraved in its exterior’s stone.
“Justice is found in the rights bestowed by nature upon man. Liberty is maintained in security of justice.” And,
“Justice is the great interest of man on earth. Wherever her temple stands, there is a foundation for social security, general happiness and the improvement and progress of our race.”
Yet our federal (and lower) systems and structures of justice are profoundly unjust. They are in fact “legal” systems in which it is better to be guilty and rich than innocent and poor. Many of our laws are simply unjust. And unacceptable injustices can also be found in our nation’s economic, electoral, education, healthcare, agriculture, military, foreign policy, and intelligence systems.
Is it really any wonder that things don’t work, that Trump has so many followers, wars persist, the environment is trashed, and our society is ailing?
Every time I witness another failing in our nation, a phrase I heard last year comes to mind; “How healthy can we be if we are well adjusted to a profoundly sick society?” We are afflicted with a societal mental illness; Before Covid, the Surgeon General rated ‘loneliness” as our nation’s greatest health risk. Our mind has the capacity to believe anything! Literally, anything. We don’t even do what we know we should. The spread of fake news and conspiracy theories are just consequences of a flawed and sometimes corrupt government system. This should all be stunningly clear…as with our inappropriate worship of independence and freedom without responsibility or virtue.
Again. Every system and structure in our body, our house, our environment, and our world is interconnected and interdependent. And all depend on the health and sustainable functioning of a just world order. Our mind’s illusion of independence … disconnects us from our vital needs of love, a safe community, healthy food, and functional relationships. These vital things we have largely taken for granted. Thus we have insufficient respect for the natural systems that maintain our planet’s capacity for sustaining all life, human health, future prosperity, and ultimately our species survival.
There is no guarantee … our nation will last.
The Federalists worried that hostile nations could exploit any domestic divisions. George Washington warned in his farewell address that partisan “factions” could rip the country apart. James Madison feared that liberty could be lost by the “gradual and silent encroachments of those in power.” John Adams said, “There never was a democracy yet, that did not commit suicide”. But, many in our Republic praise democracy, and rightfully blame both parties that are dominating our flawed two-party system that persistently delivers the consequences we are suffering today.
Some are proposing the creation of a “People’s Party”. This puts too much promise in the will of the masses. It offers a platform based on creative progressive or conservative ideas that are often devoid of fundamental principles. In other words – they would be engineering a political party that relies on creative and popular proposals that could win a majority. Yet completely incapable of transforming the profound flaws in our current system and structures at either the national or international levels.
FACT: Earth has an expiration date. And we the American people (and probably most of humanity) still reflect the opinion offered in the second paragraph of their Declaration of Independence. It states “accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed.” That’s bad!
But the tragic news is that the suffering that’s coming in our age of Consequences may be so great that our species may expire long, long before Earth. Given the acceleration of technology (WMD proliferation and AI) already knocking on our door, the majority of Americans or others in the world may not even get the chance to suffer the full effects of climate change. Due to a multiplicity of factors, time is NOT on our side.
If you are seeking the most practical action to take, a ‘justice for all’ system it is obvious that it would not be welcomed immediately by most policymakers or political parties. Such a goal would require the legal protection of inalienable human rights for all and our environment with the force of law (ie the Rule of Law: laws made and enforced by a democratic process, applied equally to all, and only used to protect human rights and the environment. The only other option is what we have now. The law of force. This is where the protection of national sovereignty is more important than protecting human rights or the environment. The working definition of ‘national sovereignty (another human-created concept using international law as it exists today with the UN) is the right of any nation to do anything it wants, to anyone it wants, anytime it wants within its own borders. And, if it has nuclear weapons, it can do these things anywhere it believes it can get away with it. Again, this is what we have now. An irresponsible and unaccountable use of force prioritizing national interests which tends to accelerate chaos. Chaos that often leads to refugees, the loss of freedoms, lives, prosperity, and our planet’s vital life support system.
There is a third option. It would require the funding of those rights by the force of political will. President Roosevelt offered the basics in his four freedoms speech; freedom of speech and worship, and freedom from want and … fear.” Eleanor Roosevelt led the passage of a detailed list known as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Like our nation’s Bill of Rights on steroids- but with no means of government enforcement. Seven decades ago (December 10, 1948) this Declaration was offered in the context of world security. Those who had experienced World War II, the holocaust, and a new weapon that could vaporize 100,000 people in a second understood the essentials of ‘justice for all’ and these fundamental human rights. But the UN’s lack of democratic power left it useless in this context leaving states’ rights above human rights. This structural flaw in the UN resembles the original flaw in the US Constitution that led to our catastrophic Civil War.
What are some of UDHRs rights intended as a foundation for peace? Universal access to clean water, safe sanitation, adequate food, access to basic health services, basic education, and an equal opportunity to earn a living wage are good starters.
Fortuitously, the fastest, most affordable, practical, and effective means of maximizing this movement of ‘Liberty and Justice for all” (both here and abroad thus laying the foundation for maximizing humanity’s freedom and security globally) is the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These have already been agreed on by every nation in 2015 to be achieved by the year 2030.
It’s obvious that we will not get an enforceable Global Bill of Rights any time soon. But we could virtually enforce most essential human rights by funding the SDGs. The growing array of global threats to our freedom and security demands that we do this as rapidly as possible.
WARNING! We have been repeatedly warned of the consequences of failing in prioritizing this human security approach.
In 1980 a bipartisan Presidential Commission concluded “In the final analysis, unless Americans — as citizens of an increasingly interdependent world — place far higher priority on overcoming world hunger, its effects will no longer remain remote or unfamiliar. Nor can we wait until we reach the brink of the precipice; the major actions required do not lend themselves to crisis planning, patchwork management, or emergency financing… The hour is late. Age-old forces of poverty, disease, inequity, and hunger continue to challenge the world. Our humanity demands that we act upon these challenges now…” Presidential Commission on World Hunger, 1980.
Its commissioners specifically warned …“The most potentially explosive force in the world today is the frustrated desire of poor people to attain a decent standard of living. The anger, despair, and often hatred that result represent real and persistent threats to international order… Neither the cost to national security of allowing malnutrition to spread nor the gain to be derived by a genuine effort to resolve the problem can be predicted or measured in any precise, mathematical way. Nor can monetary value be placed on avoiding the chaos that will ensue unless the United States and the rest of the world begin to develop a common institutional framework for meeting such other critical global threats… Calculable or not, however, this combination of problems now threatens the national security of all countries just as surely as advancing armies or nuclear arsenals.”
They also stated “that promoting economic development in general, and overcoming hunger in particular, are tasks far more critical to the U.S. national security than most policymakers acknowledge or even believe. Since the advent of nuclear weapons, most Americans have been conditioned to equate national security with the strength of strategic military forces. The Commission considers this prevailing belief to be a simplistic illusion. Armed might represents merely the physical aspect of national security. Military force is ultimately useless in the absence of the global security that only coordinated international progress toward social justice can bring.”
In 1990 the nations of the world (including the US) agreed on funding a less ambitious but measurable, achievable, and affordable goals for the year 2000. This was World Summit for Children. Even though all governments at the time signed a pledge to “make the resources available” to meet these goals, few were fully funded or achieved.
In 2000 another more ambitious set of “Millennium Development Goals” was set for the year 2015. These were also shorted. Contributing to the wars, terrorism, climate change, refugees, famines, revolutions, state failures, infectious diseases, international crime, and genocides we’ve seen around the world and hounding us today. Not as separate issues! But as interdependent consequence.
If we fail this time in achieving the SDGs the deteriorating global conditions may overwhelm any chance of us or our children setting things right.
The discouraging news would appear to be that achieving these 17 goals would cost trillions. And especially after Covid’s systemic costs, most governments have no money to spare.
The exciting news is that they don’t need to. Governments just need the political will to freeze and seize a good portion of the estimated $32 trillion dollars that has been stashed in offshore bank accounts for years. Thousands of accounts obtained by kleptocrats (dictators), oligarchs (their cronies), criminal cartels (drugs, guns, sex, hackers), violent extremist groups (terrorists, white supremacists…), and the extreme wealthy (avoiding taxes). Most of these ill-gotten gains…should have been going to basic government services. Now they can be devoted to basic human rights and environmental protection.
The political will could be generated if the general public is aware that their nation’s security and cherished freedoms depend as much on meeting the SDGs as they do on more military spending or a new “Space Force”.
This level of political will in the US could be achieved by progressives working together. With their millions of members personally petitioning their own Members of Congress with loving persistence. This strategy and daily tactic is infinitely more powerful than voting every 2 or 4 years, protesting, or counter-protesting. If the peace, environment, and economic/social justice movements and their thousands of organizations came together to focus on one piece of legislation on all 435 House members, 100 Senators, and anyone running for these offices, our currently dysfunctional Congress could finally prove useful. And Americans would finally have a government of “We the people” “by the people, for the people” with “a new birth of freedom” with “liberty and justice for all” that “shall not perish from this earth.”
In the long run (if we have one) it truly doesn’t matter who is in office or what party they represent. If fundamental principles are codified into laws, budgets, and all government action we could have the world we know is possible. On earth, as it is in heaven. A sustainable global garden of eating.
Given the multiple threats we face as individuals, nations, and a species it must be clear that few threats can be stopped with military power. And, many are exacerbated by its unprincipled use.
Our primary goal as voters and citizens must be to recognize our global interdependence as the human race and the profound value of ensuring “liberty and justice for all”. Make it your personal goal to educate your policymakers on this fundamental reality and act as though your life and your children’s future freedoms and security depend on it.
Connect the dots (everything is connected). See the web of life (all systems and structures are interdependent). Work for justice (always and for all) …or prepare for the consequences (which will inevitably happen and be increasingly catastrophic).
Chuck Woolery, Former Chair, United Nations Association, Council of Organizations
Steven Jay, Founder and Creative Director, Mobilized.news
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This vision seeks to displace human beings from the central, privileged place they have hitherto occupied to act on the world and shape it in their interests. Rather, humans are one element in a complex, tangled web of life, whose right to exist and thrive needs to be reconciled with those of the planet’s other inhabitants.
Time to Rethink Our Relationship With the Planet
To change our way of thinking, we need a new theoretical framework that somehow decentres humans and allows us to
act more responsibly. This is not to deny the obvious: that we are inescapably human and can ultimately only think and
act as humans.[
On June 23rd, A Growing Culture and IPES-Food presented an enlightened conversation that digs down deep into how our food systems are failing us and how we, the people, can create better, together.
Our Food Systems are broken. Based on Industrial-Aged, Colonialized thinking of central control, big business is not prepared to handle the on-going crisis. But did big business cause the crises?</
A workshop for journalists
“Food price spikes,” sparked by the war on Ukraine, are making daily headlines. But behind the reports is an untold story of a centralized, crisis-prone food system that’s been vulnerable to shocks long before Ukraine. In this online workshop for journalists ahead of the G7 summit, leading figures and writers on food systems will unpack the critical factors stoking the flames of global hunger.
Thin Lei Win – Investigative Journalist at Lighthouse Reports, Raj Patel – Award-winning author and filmmaker & IPES-Food, Sofía Monsalve Suárez – FIAN International & IPES-Food, Ricardo Salvador Union of Concerned Scientists & IPES-Food, Mamadou Goïta – IRPAD & IPES-Food.
As IPES-Food’s recent report underlines, the current food crisis is exposing our food system’s many fractures. Contrary to what many believe, there is no current food shortage. But consumers are facing all-time-high food prices, and marginalized communities face growing hunger around the world. The problem goes beyond Ukraine. The industrial food system is heavily dependent on a small handful of staple crops, seed varieties, exporting countries, and traders; it encourages excessive commodity speculation and is over-reliant on synthetic fertilizers and fossil fuels. The result is a food system that is “neither stable, resilient, nor dependable in the face of risks, especially for vulnerable people.” (Jennifer Clapp, IPES-Food).
Rocky Mountain Institute releases climate scorecards that track progress of six key US states based on climate commitments and greenhouse gas emissions
As midterm elections approach and Congress continues to debate federal climate and clean energy legislation, RMI released first-of-their-kind climate scorecards showing the progress of five key US states leading on climate and clean energy. The scorecards analyze state-level progress in California (full analysis coming soon), Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Washington State.
These front-runner states are key to tackling climate-warming pollution nationwide. In addition to setting bold targets for clean energy and climate action, the states analyzed make up roughly a fifth of US greenhouse gas emissions.
“RMI’s scorecards shed light on two critical progress points for states: how climate commitments have been met with tangible actions already, and also the major gaps left in reaching clean energy and climate goals by the end of the decade,” said Jacob Corvidae, Principal for RMI’s US Program.
“We know the clean energy transition is already creating tremendous economic opportunity and gains, but if we are going to slash emissions in half by 2030, as climate science indicates that we must, then tracking and planning are absolutely essential — especially since these states have a unique ability to set the pace nationwide,” he said.
“The importance of state leadership at this moment can’t be overstated. States have the ability to leverage federal resources, plan for projects that center benefits for local communities, and act nimbly in a way that is limited on the federal level,” said Kyle Clark-Sutton, Manager in RMI’s US Program. “These scorecards show clear milestones and pathways to deliver on clean energy, transportation, and conservation goals this decade to maximize job creation, public health benefits, and future resilience.”
RMI is an independent nonprofit founded in 1982 that transforms global energy systems through market-driven solutions to align with a 1.5°C future and secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all. We work in the world’s most critical geographies and engage businesses, policymakers, communities, and NGOs to identify and scale energy system interventions that will cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 50 percent by 2030. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, California; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.
Source: Rocky Mountain Institute
Citizen action is the most effective weapon against abuse of authority.
The possibility of bringing about change in a political, economic and social system, such as those currently prevailing in our countries, which are advancing so precariously under pseudo-capitalist regimes incapable of generating opportunities for development, let alone benefiting all sectors of society, depends to a large extent on the will of the people. If they were to take the bull by the horns with the purpose of influencing the decisions that affect them directly, confronting the powers that repress them, the scenario would be different.
However, it is evident how this lack of political muscle has been the consequence of a combined strategy of ideological manipulation and the creation of seemingly legal obstacles to accessing truthful and reliable information; but, above all, of legal frameworks designed to raise walls against effective participation of the population in political affairs and ever narrower routes to their own development.
The decisive influence of the mass media, the vast majority of which are in the hands of large business consortiums closely tied to economic power, has been one of the determining factors in keeping important sectors such as youth and women, whose direct action would have the potential to change the course of their people’s history, away from public debate and party participation. Through policies skilfully designed to misinform, manipulate and, incidentally, demonise popular movements, the mainstream media have also installed – since time immemorial – a deep-seated hatred between social classes. Added to this is the atmosphere of discrediting the public service, which undermines one of the fundamental rights of society, namely, involvement in the development of its democratic systems.
In our America, many opportunities have been lost in the face of a system that is shielded from fundamental changes, structural changes that are essential to open paths to development in egalitarian and truly democratic societies. Despite new policies in nations with progressive governments, the roots of the evil remain unchanged: the poorest sectors are left out of the path of progress, along with those who feed the whole system: the rural and peasant sector, where most of the native ethnic groups of our continent converge.
The reasons are many and varied, but without a doubt one of the greatest obstacles to the full exercise of effective democracy has been the excessive concentration of wealth in the hands of an increasingly narrow and powerful circle, whose ability to impose its interests over those of the majority is protected by a ubiquitous elite with strong ramifications on the world stage. Fighting this monster has meant, for our continent, in addition to coups d’état and the establishment of dictatorships, the loss of unique opportunities to transform its destiny and take on the great challenges implicit in this transcendental movement. The decisive steps must go hand in hand with a new legal framework based on inclusive concepts, new constitutional texts and solid laws that guarantee rights for all, without exception.
The cleansing of political bodies is fundamental for democracy.
“Don’t mourn, organize!”
Let his words carry you forward as we send these cretins packing.
It may be too pessimistic to call this week’s events the last hurrah for democracy or the idea of self-governance. But it is surely the Democratic Party’s last chance to do something or face oblivion. We have waited 50 years for them to be anything other than milquetoast water carriers for the rich and powerful. They have talked a good game but have not delivered since the New Deal 8 decades ago. So yes, this next year is make or break for them. It’s time to accomplish the reversal of this intrusion into the privacy of hundreds of millions of citizens – – and doing so will be the bare minimum required to protect the Republic.
We know from the history of Weimar Germany and other places that this nascent Theocratic power grab can evolve rapidly into full-on Fascism, and so it’s easy to feel like this is America’s last chance to stop them. All I can do is point out that most likely it’s not. Several times before, we faced this threat and defeated it… starting with those hate-filled goons with belt buckles on their hats who infected the soil of Plymouth Rock centuries ago. The Declaration of Independence and our Constitution repudiated their delusions, just as all of England and Europe had done when they booted them in the first place. The fact that 6 partisan hacks on the SCOTUS share those delusions is unfortunate, but it’s not one that cannot be overcome. In very short order, we may well be exiling these Neo-Pilgrim goons too.
Now I’m passing the pen over to a dear friend, who can put this moment in a deeper context. They are a lesbian who has been involved in this fight since the early 1980’s. “…let’s be clear, the white European heteronormative patriarchy is just doing what they do best…making their issues the problem of the oppressed. Like racism, which they’ve made the problem of POCs, women having unregulated pleasure is a man’s problem and we should be targeting their reproductive “rights”. But as someone who has never fit in for any number of reasons, I know for every one of them, there’s two of me and if you’re lucky, you can survive together while just being careful – of where you go and what you reveal. Privacy is not a right, it’s a craft.” – anonymous commenter
So, it’s time to get in the streets, to gum up the works, and to force change via non-violent civil disobedience. I’ve already begun, you know, because I went down to the demonstration, to get my fair share of abuse….