‘Indigenous peoples are the best guardians of world’s biodiversity’

[David Hill, Wednesday 9 August 2017] Interview with UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz to mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a Kankanaey Igorot woman from the Philippines. Photograph: Pierre Suu/Getty Images for UND. Today is the United Nations’ (UN) International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, numbering an estimated 370 million in 90 countries and speaking roughly … Continue reading ‘Indigenous peoples are the best guardians of world’s biodiversity’

El poder a ultranza: La derecha tomó por asalto la democracia en EEUU

[David Brooks, Corresponsal Periódico La Jornada, 21.08.2017] Con el arribo de Trump, este país se convirtió en el más peligroso. Los militantes ultraderechistas han matado a más gente en Estados Unidos que  todos  los  ataques  “terroristas”  atribuidos  a  musulmanes,  según  un  informe  del  centro  de  investigación. New America. Foto Xinhua. Desde 2002 a finales del 2016, islamistas han lanzado nueve ataques que dejaron 45 muertos, … Continue reading El poder a ultranza: La derecha tomó por asalto la democracia en EEUU

The Anthropocene Myth

[Andreas Malm*] Blaming all of humanity for climate change lets capitalism off the hook. Last year was the hottest year ever recorded. And yet, the latest figures show that in 2013 the source that provided the most new energy to the world economy wasn’t solar, wind power, or even natural gas or oil, but coal. The growth in global emissions — from 1 percent a year … Continue reading The Anthropocene Myth

State petroleum and climate change

[Gerardo Honty*, 02.08.17]   The biggest iceberg in history just broke off in Antarctica, while in the Arctic, the present temperatures are the highest ever registered. Heat waves are once again roasting the Northern Hemisphere, while in the South, the glaciers are losing mass. In spite of this, the world continues to invest enormous sums of money in the exploitation of petroleum, gas and coal, … Continue reading State petroleum and climate change

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?

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

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

Sociólogo venezolano cuestiona la “solidaridad incondicional” de la izquierda latinoamericana con el chavismo

Edgardo Lander no es sólo un académico, profesor titular de la Universidad Central de Venezuela e investigador asociado del Transnational Institute. Es una persona vinculada desde hace años a los movimientos sociales y a la izquierda en su país. Desde ese lugar, afirma que el apoyo incondicional de las izquierdas de la región al chavismo reforzó las tendencias negativas del proceso. Sostiene que las izquierdas … Continue reading Sociólogo venezolano cuestiona la “solidaridad incondicional” de la izquierda latinoamericana con el chavismo

Post-extractivismo: entre el discurso y la praxis. Algunas reflexiones gruesas para la acción

[Alberto Acosta Espinosa, Revista “Ciencia Política”, volumen 11 – número 21, enero – junio 2016] El pensamiento dominante nos hace aceptar como imposible una economía sin crecimiento que no aprovecha masivamente los recursos naturales. Se repite que, para lograr el progreso, la única via es el crecimiento económico, el cual exige a un grupo de países extraer cada vez mayores volúmenes de recursos naturales para … Continue reading Post-extractivismo: entre el discurso y la praxis. Algunas reflexiones gruesas para la acción

Nature’s right to exist gets a boost from key organizations

[Mike Gaworecki, 2016-10-13] In 2008, Ecuador became the first country to enshrine in its constitution the right of nature to exist and thrive. Then Bolivia passed its Law of the Rights of Mother Earth in 2010, which not only recognizes the natural world’s rights but also grants Earth what’s been called a “legal personality,” thereby allowing legal action to be brought on the planet’s behalf … Continue reading Nature’s right to exist gets a boost from key organizations

Algunas ideas sobre Piketty

[ David Harvey] Publicado por Guillem Murcia, 20 mayo 2014. A continuación publicamos la reseña que el profesor David Harvey ha hecho del libro de Thomas Piketty “El Capital en el siglo XXI”. David Harvey es profesor en la City University of New York, y lleva más de 40 años enseñando, divulgando e investigando sobre la opera magna de Marx, El Capital. Entre sus contribuciones se halla una serie de clases en vídeo sobre la obra … Continue reading Algunas ideas sobre Piketty