Notas para el debate: La desglobalización

Descargar en Formato PDF English version Una integración mundial para los pueblos y la naturaleza ¿Qué es la desglobalización? Para responder a esa pregunta, veamos primero a qué nos referimos con “globalización”. En su artículo “Definiciones de la Globalización: Una visión general y una propuesta de definición”1. el Dr. Nayef Al-RF Rodhan recopila un centenar de definiciones de globalización. La mayoría de ellas tienden a … Continue reading Notas para el debate: La desglobalización

Notas para el debate: Los derechos de la Madre Tierra

[English version] “La naturaleza es un sujeto y no una colección de objetos.” –Thomas Berry ¿Que son los derechos de la Madre Tierra? ¿Una nueva visión de relación con la naturaleza, un nuevo marco legal, un conjunto de principios éticos, una estrategia para cuestionar los super poderes de las empresas transnacionales? Los Derechos de la Madre Tierra tienen que ver con todos estos aspectos y … Continue reading Notas para el debate: Los derechos de la Madre Tierra

The Commons as a Transformative Vision

[David Bollier and Silke Helfrich, in The Wealth of the Commons] It has become increasingly clear that we are poised between an old world that no longer works and a new one struggling to be born. Surrounded by an archaic order of centralized hierarchies on the one hand and predatory markets on the other, presided over by a state committed to planet-destroying economic growth, people … Continue reading The Commons as a Transformative Vision

The climate is ripe for social change

[Vishwas Satgar] In a surprising departure from the corporate-controlled narrative on climate change, on November 30 2015, during the build-up to the recent United Nations COP20 climate summit in Lima, the New York Times ran a front-page story in which climate experts warned that “it now may be impossible to prevent the temperature of the planet’s atmosphere from rising by 3.6 degrees F”. “According to a … Continue reading The climate is ripe for social change

Qu’est-ce que la décroissance ?

English version Geneviève Azam Le débat sur la croissance a été publiquement amorcé à la fin des années 1960 et au début des années 1970. De manière non exhaustive, citons le rapport Meadows pour le Club de Rome en 1972[1], la Conférence des Nations Unies à Stockholm en 1972, la position de Sicco Manscholt[2] en 1972 (alors vice-président de la commission européenne). Quoi que nous … Continue reading Qu’est-ce que la décroissance ?

Green Governance: Ecological Survival, Human Rights and the Commons

[David Bollier & Burns H. Weston, wealthofthecommons.org] At least since Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, we have known about humankind’s squandering of nonrenewable resources, its careless disregard of precious life species and its overall contamination and degradation of delicate ecosystems. In recent decades, these defilements have assumed a systemic dimension. Lately we have come to realize the shocking extent to which our atmospheric emission of carbon dioxide … Continue reading Green Governance: Ecological Survival, Human Rights and the Commons

What is Degrowth?

version française Geneviève Azam The public debate on growth was initiated in the late 1960s and early 1970s. One can mention, among others, the Meadows report for the Club of Rome in 1972[1], the United Nations Conference in Stockholm in 1972 and the stance taken by Sicco Manscholt (then vice-president of the European Commission) in the same year[2] and the publication in 1971 of Georgescu … Continue reading What is Degrowth?

Earth Democracy: Ten Principles of Justice, Sustainability and Peace

[Vandana Shiva] 1. Ecological Democracy – Democracy of all life We are all members of the Earth community. We all have the duty to protect the rights and welfare of all species and all people. No humans have the right to encroach on the ecological space of other species and other people, or treat them with cruelty and violence. 2. Intrinsic worth of all Species … Continue reading Earth Democracy: Ten Principles of Justice, Sustainability and Peace

Other Economies Are Possible: Building a Solidarity Economy

[Ethan Miller, 2009] Consider this: thousands of diverse, locally-rooted, grassroots economic projects are in the process of creating the basis for a viable democratic alternative to capitalism. It might seem unlikely that a motley array of initiatives such as worker, consumer, and housing cooperatives, community currencies, urban gardens, fair trade organizations, intentional communities, and neighborhood self-help associations could hold a candle to the pervasive and … Continue reading Other Economies Are Possible: Building a Solidarity Economy

Towards an Agrarian Revolution!

Synthesis of Discussions at the International Meeting: “Agrarian Reform and the Defense of Land and Territory in the 21st Century: The Challenge and Future,” held in Bukit Tinggi, West Sumatera, Indonesia, July 10th- 13th, 2012 Prepared by Shalmali Guttal with inputs from Sofia Monsalve, Rebeca Leonard and all participants at the International Meeting. An adapted version was published in the Journal of Peasant Studies 40:4 (2013), … Continue reading Towards an Agrarian Revolution!

Development from the Bottom Up

[Sulak Sivaraksa, from The Wisdom of Sustainability, 2009] There is an old Thai saying, “In the fields there is rice; in the water there are fish.” Before colonialism, the fertile lands of Southeast Asia – known as the Rice Bowl of Asia – provided food for all its people. Plants grew everywhere, wildlife was plentiful, jungles produced teak and other hardwoods, and the human population … Continue reading Development from the Bottom Up