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

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Animation: To change the system we need systemic alternatives

This two-minute animation is based on the premise that we are facing a systemic crises and that we need systemic alternatives to capitalism, productivism, extractivism, patriarchy, plutocracy and anthropocentrism. Continue reading Animation: To change the system we need systemic alternatives

¿La economía solidaria representa un modelo viable a escala global?

[Fernando de La Cuadra, Rebelión] Hace ya algunas décadas el economista húngaro Karl Polanyi apuntaba que es posible pensar que existen formas de integración o de funcionamiento de la economía que no se asientan necesariamente en instituciones monetarias basadas en el intercambio convencional, es decir, que superan los movimientos de “doble mano” que se producen en el lugar del mercado, el cual representaría su locus por excelencia … Continue reading ¿La economía solidaria representa un modelo viable a escala global?

5 Reasons You Should Care About Environmental Justice If You Care About Women

If you live in the United States, it’s easy to see certain matters as feminist issues. A bunch of creepy, old white dudes policing reproductive health is clearly a feminist issue. Republicans banning trans women from using the women’s restroom, apparently because they have some weird fantasy about cis men dressing up as ladies after seeing too many unfunny ‘90s comedies, is obviously a feminist issue. Donald Trump bragging about … Continue reading 5 Reasons You Should Care About Environmental Justice If You Care About Women

Introduction to ecofeminism

[Karen J. Warren] From Michael E. Zimmerman, J. Baird Callicott, George Sessions,Karen J. Warren, and John Clark (Eds.), Environmental Philosophy:From Animal Rights to Radical Ecology. Englewood Cliffs, NJ:Prentice-Hall, 1993, pp. 253-267. Introduction The past few decades have witnessed an enormous interest in boththe women’s movement and the ecology (environmental) movement. Manyfeminists have argued that the goals of these two movements aremutually reinforcing; ultimately they involve the development … Continue reading Introduction to ecofeminism

Ecofeminismo, una propuesta para repensar el presente y construir el futuro

[Marta Pascual Rodríguez y Yayo Herrero López – Ecologistas en Acción] El pensamiento patriarcal estructura el mundo en una serie de dualismos o pares de opuestos que separan y dividen la realidad. Cada par de opuestos, en los que la relación es jerárquica y el término normativo encarna la universalidad, se denomina dicotomía. Cultura o naturaleza, mente o cuerpo, razón o emoción, conocimiento científico o saber … Continue reading Ecofeminismo, una propuesta para repensar el presente y construir el futuro

Theses on Saving the Planet – “The Promise of Ecosocialism”

Written by Richard Smith and first published at Europe Solidaire Sans Frontières I don’t need to tell you we face an existential threat. Scientists tell us we face a “climate emergency.” Last year was the hottest year ever recorded, beating 2014, which beat 2012. We break new records every year. The fourteen hottest years ever recorded have been recorded since 2000. January and February temperatures … Continue reading Theses on Saving the Planet – “The Promise of Ecosocialism”

Final Manifesto: Third International Socialist Encounter

We, the organizations convening the Third International Ecosocialist Encounter, held in Bilbao from 23-25 September of 2016, Considering: That capitalism has been developed despite and in the face of the two basic dependencies that make human life possible. First, it ignores the fact that, like all other living species, we obtain the things we need in order to live from nature; second, it obscures the … Continue reading Final Manifesto: Third International Socialist Encounter

Manifiesto final del III Encuentro Ecosocialista Internacional

Las organizaciones convocantes del III Encuentro ecosocialista internacional celebrado en Bilbao, los días 23, 24 y 25 de septiembre de 2016, CONSIDERAMOS: Que el capitalismo se ha desarrollado de espaldas y enfrentado con las dos dependencias básicas que posibilitan la vida humana. Ignora, en primer término que, como el resto de las especies vivas, obtenemos de la naturaleza lo que necesitamos para vivir y, en … Continue reading Manifiesto final del III Encuentro Ecosocialista Internacional

‘Ecofeminism’: a talk about hard work and great joy

[Maria Mies, Roar Magazine] Recently, the UK-based publisher Zed Books launched its Critique Influence Change series, which “brings together pivotal texts by notable academics and activists from Zed Books’ publishing of the last thirty-five years”. Over the coming weeks ROAR will publish a series of interviews with some of the authors from this varied and inspiring collection of critical analyses and theories. We will look … Continue reading ‘Ecofeminism’: a talk about hard work and great joy

Ecology Reframes History

[Ariel Salleh, 1997] Ecological crisis displaces modernist political analyses – liberalism, socialism, feminism. It provokes us to re-frame our history, to inscribe a new understanding of ourselves in relation to Nature, so called, and to ask how can we get to live this new sensibility in practical ways.1 That political moment is long due. The bourgeois and proletarian revolutions evaporated before realising their full potential; feminists … Continue reading Ecology Reframes History

Ecosocialism and Spirituality

[Frei Betto and Michael Löwy, 2009] We would like to start our conference here at the World Social Forum of Belem with a homage to two personalities of high human quality,  which gave their lives for the defense of the Amazonian forest,  and the Peoples of the Forest:  Chico Mendes and Dorothy Stang. They are the best known,  the visible tip of the iceberg, of … Continue reading Ecosocialism and Spirituality

Economy for Life in our Earth community

[Versión en español] Brief Background: This living document is a result of an extensive process led by the Social Movements for an Alternative Asia (SMAA), Gerak Lawan, La Via Campesina and the supporters of the #EndWTO Campaign. A draft document was written and circulated online before the #EndWTO Week of Action parallel to the 9th Ministerial of the World Trade Organization in Bali, Indonesia last … Continue reading Economy for Life in our Earth community

Manifiesto ecosocialista

[Joel Kovel y Michael Löwy 2001] English Version Introducción. La idea de este manifiesto ecosocialista fue lanzada en conjunto por Joel Kovel y Michael Löwy en un taller sobre ecología y socialismo celebrado en Vincennes, cerca de París, en septiembre de 2001. Todos sufrimos de un caso crónico de la paradoja de Gramsci, al vivir en un tiempo cuyo viejo orden está muriendo (arrastrando a … Continue reading Manifiesto ecosocialista

An Ecosocialist Manifesto

[Joel Kovel and Michael Lowy, Sept 2001] Versión en español Introduction The idea for this ecosocialist manifesto was jointly launched by Joel Kovel and Michael Lowy, at a September, 2001, workshop on ecology and socialism held at Vincennes, near Paris. We all suffer from a chronic case of Gramsci’s paradox, of living in a time whose old order is dying (and taking civilization with it) while … Continue reading An Ecosocialist Manifesto