Do We Really Have the Time and the Tools to Fix Climate Change?

[Rachel Smolker/Truthout/ 11 de octubre de 2018/ ] As part of the Paris agreement, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was asked “to provide a special report in 2018 on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 [degrees Celsius] above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways.” That report was released on October 8. The report’s “Headline Statements” are divided into four … Continue reading Do We Really Have the Time and the Tools to Fix Climate Change?

Anticipo de “Chacra 51” Maristella Svampa presenta una novela basada en “una pesadilla familiar”

(Maristella Svampa/CLARIN – CULTURA/05 de octubre de 2018) La acción se dispara cuando el padre de la escritora descrubre que una empresa petrolera instalaba una plataforma entre los árboles de su chacra de Rio Negro. Una historia real que transcurre en 2011 en la Patagonia. Un hilo que lleva hasta el origen En abril de 2011 recibí un llamado telefónico de mi hermana menor que, con voz … Continue reading Anticipo de “Chacra 51” Maristella Svampa presenta una novela basada en “una pesadilla familiar”

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM FOR THE RIGHTS OF NATURE 10 YEARS OF RECOGNITION OF RIGHTS OF NATURE IN THE ECUADORIAN CONSTITUTION

[Equipo de la Alianza Global por los Derechos de la Naturaleza/08 de Octubre de 2018] INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM FOR THE RIGHTS OF NATURE 10 YEARS OF RECOGNITION OF RIGHTS OF NATURE IN THE ECUADORIAN CONSTITUTION QUITO-ECUADOR 27-28th of September, 2018 QUITO, Ecuador – On September 27th and 28th, 2018, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN), together with its members and allies held the … Continue reading INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM FOR THE RIGHTS OF NATURE 10 YEARS OF RECOGNITION OF RIGHTS OF NATURE IN THE ECUADORIAN CONSTITUTION

Alberto Acosta: “La izquierda debe hacer una profunda autocrítica”

[WILBER HUACASI/LA REPUBLICA/ 18 DE AGOSTO DE 2018] Alberto Acosta E. Expresidente de la Asamblea Constituyente de Ecuador. Llegó a Lima hace una semana para la presentación del libro “Caminos Alternativos hacia el Desarrollo Sostenible: Lecciones desde América Latina”, publicado por el Instituto de Postgrado de la Universidad de Ginebra. Autocrítico con los gobiernos progresistas, el expresidente de la Asamblea Constituyente de Ecuador Alberto Acosta plantea … Continue reading Alberto Acosta: “La izquierda debe hacer una profunda autocrítica”

Why Growth Can’t Be Green

[JASON HICKEL/ FP/ 12 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018] New data proves you can support capitalism or the environment—but it’s hard to do both. Warnings about ecological breakdown have become ubiquitous. Over the past few years, major newspapers, including the Guardian and the New York Times, have carried alarming stories on soil depletion, deforestation, and the collapse of fish stocks and insect populations. These crises are … Continue reading Why Growth Can’t Be Green

A decade after the Lehman Brothers’ collapse, finance remains a major risk

[SUSAN GEORGE/ NEWSTATESMAN/ 14 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018] It is clear that change will only come from below. It is ten years since the fall of Lehman Brothers and the start of the financial crash; the greatest European crisis since the Second World War. Politicians from all sides, but especially the centre and centre-left of European politics, have written many serious texts and spoken many … Continue reading A decade after the Lehman Brothers’ collapse, finance remains a major risk

¿Abandonó EEUU la política comercial internacional?

[ Oscar Ugarteche/Armando Negrete/America Latina en Movimiento/ 10 de Septiembre de 2018] Con la virtual cancelación del Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte (TLCAN), la actual Administración de EEUU ha contradicho más de tres décadas de política exterior. Con el elevamiento de aranceles indiscriminadamente y el ejercicio de una guerra comercial contra China, Unión Europea, India y el resto de América del Norte, … Continue reading ¿Abandonó EEUU la política comercial internacional?

Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism’s Imminent Demise

[NAFEEZ AHMED/ MOTHERBOARD/27 DE AGOSTO DE 2018) A climate change-fueled switch away from fossil fuels means the worldwide economy will fundamentally need to change. Capitalism as we know it is over. So suggests a new report commissioned by a group of scientists appointed by the UN Secretary-General. The main reason? We’re transitioning rapidly to a radically different global economy, due to our increasingly unsustainable exploitation … Continue reading Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism’s Imminent Demise

Las venas abiertas de Nicaragua

[BOAVENTURA DE SOUSA SANTO/ CONFIDENCIAL/ 27 de JULIO de 2018] Los demócratas, en general, y las fuerzas políticas de izquierda, en particular, tienen razones para estar perplejos por lo que pasa en Nicaragua Pertenezco a la generación de los que en los años 1980 vibraron con la Revolución Sandinista y la apoyaron activamente. El impulso progresista reanimado por la Revolución Cubana de 1959 se había … Continue reading Las venas abiertas de Nicaragua

Movements around systemic alternatives, for systemic change

[RUBY VAN DER WEKKEN/COMMONS.FI/ 25 DE JUNIO DEL 2018] This writing was originally published in Peruste Lehti,  (in Finnish) The European Commons Assembly represents new movement building around the commons. However, rather then to look at this and other movements as standing alone, another perspective points to the actual complementarity of different envisionings for systemic change as the commons, degrowth, and feminism and to the … Continue reading Movements around systemic alternatives, for systemic change

Nicaragua: Where Is The Rebellion Going?

[NEW POLITICS/ DAN LA BOTZ/ 6 DE JUNIO DE 2018] The popular rebellion against the dictatorial government of Daniel Ortega, four-time president of Nicaragua, has been going on now for more than a month. And the Ortega government has continued its violent repression. In the last 47 days, it is reported that 104 people have been killed, while some have been arrested or tortured and … Continue reading Nicaragua: Where Is The Rebellion Going?

El Buen Vivir: cosmovisiones ancestrales y nuevos paradigmas

Pablo Solón [GUERRILLA TRANSLATION/ 21 DE ABRIL DE 2018] Traducido por Stacco Troncoso, editado por Susa Oñate English version El concepto de Vivir Bien (o Buen Vivir) cobró relevancia internacional a finales del siglo XX, coincidiendo con la búsqueda de alternativas frente a los horrores del neoliberalismo. Aunque son traducciones vulgares de los conceptos andinos suma qamaña y sumaq kawsay, Vivir Bien y Buen Vivir reflejan una cosmovisión … Continue reading El Buen Vivir: cosmovisiones ancestrales y nuevos paradigmas

Colombia reconoce los derechos de la Naturaleza en su Amazonia

[EDUARDO GUDYNAS/ AMERICA LATINA EN MOVIMIENTO/ 06 DE ABRIL DE 2018] Dando un paso de enorme importancia, la Corte Suprema de Justicia de Colombia emitió una sentencia que declara que la Amazonia, como región ecológica, es un sujeto de derechos. Se suma así a otras iniciativas que abandonan el convencionalismo de entender a la Naturaleza solamente como objeto. La decisión, aprobada el 5 de abril … Continue reading Colombia reconoce los derechos de la Naturaleza en su Amazonia

La Amazonía colombiana tiene los mismos derechos que una persona

[EL ESPECTADOR / 05 DE ABRIL DE 2018] La Corte Suprema de Justicia emitió una sentencia histórica contra el cambio climático en Latinoamérica. Según la decisión, la región es ahora sujeto de derechos, tal como el río Atrato, y la Presidencia y entidades regionales deben actuar de manera urgente para protegerla de la deforestación. Que una región en Colombia sea considerada como un sujeto que … Continue reading La Amazonía colombiana tiene los mismos derechos que una persona

Roundtable on Vivir Bien

During January 2018 the Great Transition Initiative organized a discussion around an  essay prepared by Pablo Solón, “Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms.” Solón introduced Vivir Bien (also known as Buen Vivir), the disputes around this concept, the contradictions in its implementation by the government of Bolivia and how Vivir Bien can contribute and needs the complementarity with other visions. Below you will find the … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien

Roundtable on Vivir Bien An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms

[NNIMMO BASSEY / CREAT TRANSITION INITIATIVE/FEBRERO DE 2018] Nnimmo Bassey is the director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), an environmental think tank based in Nigeria. He chaired Friends of the Earth International from 2008 to 2012. His books include To Cook a Continent – Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa and Oil Politics – Echoes of Ecological War. The pathway of … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms

Author’s Response: Roundtable on Vivir Bien / Pablo Solón

[GREAT TRANSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Pablo Solón, a Bolivian social and environmental activist, is the director of Fundación Solón and former executive director of Focus on the Global South. He served as the Bolivian Extraordinary Ambassador for Integration and Trade (2006–2008) and Ambassador to the United Nations (2009–2011) before parting ways with President Evo … Continue reading Author’s Response: Roundtable on Vivir Bien / Pablo Solón

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Helena Norberg-Hodge

[GREAT TRANSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Helena Norberg-Hodge is an author and filmmaker as well as a pioneer of the new economy movement. She is the producer of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness and the Director of Local Futures at the International Society for Ecology and Culture. She has received a Right Livelihood … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Helena Norberg-Hodge

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Aaron Karp

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018 ] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms   Aaron Karp is an activist focused on generating a discussion within the climate justice movement about the need for degrowth and deep, authentic democracy. He is writing a book about how solving our ecological problems necessitates a fundamentally different society. In 2012, he co-founded the fossil fuel … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Aaron Karp

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Neera Singh

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Neera Singh is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto, Canada. Her research interests include democratization of forest governance, conservation and development, and the affective dimensions of people’s relations with forests. She founded Vasundhara, a non-profit organization based in Bhubaneswar, India, and … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Neera Singh