Prepare Now for the Next Financial Crisis

[Martin Khor*, PENANG, Malaysia, Jul 22 2017 (IPS)] The Asian financial crisis started 20 years ago and the global financial crisis and recession 9 years back. When a new global financial crisis strikes, the developing countries will be more damaged than in the last crisis as they have become less resilient and more vulnerable.  They thus need to prepare from being overwhelmed. A debate is … Continue reading Prepare Now for the Next Financial Crisis

What is degrowth?

[www.degrowth.org] Sustainable degrowth is a downscaling of production and consumption that increases human well-being and enhances ecological conditions and equity on the planet. It calls for a future where societies live within their ecological means, with open, localized economies and resources more equally distributed through new forms of democratic institutions. Such societies will no longer have to “grow or die.” Material accumulation will no longer … Continue reading What is degrowth?

“Debemos pensar una izquierda posprogresista, antipatriarcal y profundamente ecológica”

[Leonardo Rossi para La tinta, Redacción La Tinta, 10 Julio, 2017 ] ‘Del cambio de época al fin de ciclo’ es el nuevo libro de Maristella Svampa, donde analiza los progresismos que gobernaron la región en los últimos años. “No hay nada que festejar con el fin del ciclo progresista”. Con esas palabras inició su exposición la socióloga Maristella Svampa. No obstante, remarcó: “No podemos dejar de … Continue reading “Debemos pensar una izquierda posprogresista, antipatriarcal y profundamente ecológica”

Reflexiones sobre el productivismo

[Pablo Solón, ladiaria.com.uy ] No hay actividad económica por fuera de la naturaleza. El planeta es un sistema autorregulado, de componentes físicos, químicos, biológicos y humanos. La sociedad humana es sólo uno de los componentes más recientes del complejo sistema de la Tierra, que está en permanente devenir y cambio. El crecimiento ilimitado de las fuerzas productivas en un planeta finito es imposible. Durante más … Continue reading Reflexiones sobre el productivismo

Ecofeminismo latinoamericano

[Celina A. Lértora Mendoza (FEPAI), viacampesina.org ] El ecofeminismo, que surgió hace unos veinte años de la confluencia de dos corrientes independientes, la deep ecology y el feminismo; se vincula en América Latina sobre todo a corrientes anteriores y ya arraigadas: la filosofía y la teología de la liberación. Ello se debe fundamentalmente a que el feminismo latinoamericano, a su vez, se ha vinculado estrechamente … Continue reading Ecofeminismo latinoamericano

We need rights of nature legislation now to protect our home planet

[Michelle Bender, http://www.theecologist.org ] We need a new paradigm for ocean governance focused on well-being and guided by principles of sustainability, ecosystem health, precaution and interconnectedness, argues MICHELLE BENDER of the US based Earth Law Centre. The first United Nations Ocean Conference brought together governments, stakeholders, businesses, and civil society representatives. The ocean covers over seventy percent of our planet, generates over fifty percent of … Continue reading We need rights of nature legislation now to protect our home planet

Eclairages sur la notion de biens communs

 [LAURENT CORDONNIE, Alternatives Économiques, publicado en 24.04.2012] La notion de biens communs introduite par la mission d’enquête, que l’on retrouve au fondement des opérations de développement, se distingue assez nettement de la notion de biens publics (ou biens collectifs) utilisée par les économistes. Pourtant, que l’on invoque les biens communs ou les biens collectifs, au départ la question est la même. Il s’agit de répondre … Continue reading Eclairages sur la notion de biens communs

Degrowth: the case for a new economic paradigm

[Riccardo Mastini, Lund University, published on Open Democracy on 08.06.2017] Unbridled growth appears to be at odds with social well-being and environmental sustainability. How might we develop a model that reduces the imperative for growth while maintaining economic stability? Traffic in Dhaka: Pollution and congestion are two costly consequences of economic growth. joiseyshowaa/Flickr. Some rights reserved. In the 1970s, the emphasis was on resource limits. … Continue reading Degrowth: the case for a new economic paradigm

The Most Radical Aspect of Jeremy Corbyn’s Program? Democratizing the Economy

BY MICHAL ROZWORSKI. This story was first published at Jacobin.  So much about the 2017 Labour election campaign has been heartening: the energy, the conviction, the full-throated embrace of remaking government in the service of the many. All of the main campaign pledges — from free tuition to thousands of new homes to a stronger National Health Service — will change where money and resources flow … Continue reading The Most Radical Aspect of Jeremy Corbyn’s Program? Democratizing the Economy

FRANÇOIS HOUTART: “TENEMOS QUE CAMBIAR ESTE SISTEMA”

François Houtart es un referente de las luchas altermundialistas desde mucho tiempo antes de que a las resistencias populares se las bautizase con este nombre. Este sacerdote belga lleva ya unas cuantas décadas preocupado por el rumbo que está tomando el planeta Tierra, apoyando las iniciativas de aquellos que desde Nicaragua hasta Sri Lanka se resisten a ser engullidos por el sistema capitalista. Con el … Continue reading FRANÇOIS HOUTART: “TENEMOS QUE CAMBIAR ESTE SISTEMA”

US pull-out from Paris deal: What it means

By Martin Khor By withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement, President Donald Trump abdicated not only leadership but membership of the community of nations cooperating to tackle climate change, the most serious crisis facing humanity. Trump’s announcement was shocking, even though it was not unexpected. It was shocking for showing the extreme lengths to which the President would go to deny scientific opinion … Continue reading US pull-out from Paris deal: What it means