Posts tagged with transition
11 February 2011 - Is the world as we know it going to collapse?
It seems that the closer we get to 2012 and the more we hear of ‘end-of-the-times’ related cataclysmic stories. Since the 2012 Hollywood blockbuster released in 2009, the belief in the end of our ‘age’ and subsequent birth of a new one as conceived by the Mayan calendar, has become mainstreamed. Personally, we don’t believe in the so-called Mayan prophecy and 2012 does not worry us more than 2011 or 2013. Having said that, one cannot ignore the frenzy around the idea of the collapse of the world as we know it. We’ve decided to look into the subject and see if there is any susbtance behind these warnings – and whether we should worry or not. Please note that this post is a follow-up to this one, where we argued that rather than viewing ‘collapse’ through the lens of conspiracy theories, we could understand it in a historical … Read the rest
14 November 2010 - Top 10 eye-opening ecological documentaries – and how to watch them easily
Images often speak better than words. Part of this blog’s aim is to contribute in raising readers’ awareness to certain issues and offer some ideas to deal constructively with them. True to this aim, we present to you today a selection of ecological documentaries that we consider as must-see. Indeed, if they are daunting, they are also eye-opening, inspirational and serve as helpful triggers for change. We assume that you’ve already watched the awards-winning An Inconvenient Truth, so we haven’t included it here. Do watch it (here) if you haven’t yet though…
To encourage you watching these 10 documentaries, we’ve also added links or given hints on how to access them easily. So that you can’t say you didn’t know! 🙂
So, here are our top 10 ecological documentaries:
1) Food, Inc. It’s a must-see. It provides a rather objective – if scary – assessment of … Read the rest
24 September 2010 - ‘Transition’, what it’s all about?
Whether are not you are interested by global debates on climate change, Peak Oil, overpopulation, financial, economic, food and social crises; whether you are in favour or against any systemic paradigm change; whether you believe that technology will save us or not from any doom-and-gloom future; or whether you think that it’s too late “we’ll hit the wall anyway”; you probably sense that there is something wrong in the society where you live and work. I’m not talking of the Hollywood trend of making apocalyptic blockbusters or the ‘2012’ end-of-the-world mania. But simply of the changes that you may be perceiving around you.
It’s likely that you intuitively feel that, somewhat, things are not right. It may be that you believe that “things are not as nice as they use to be”; that there is too much injustice, pessimism, inequalities, ignorance, loss of values or else; or that prices … Read the rest
16 September 2010 - Neoliberalism? I’m tired of this shit. Let’s push for a systemic economic change
A friend of mine sent me yesterday a very very interesting document, titled Manifesto on Global Economic Transitions. Published in September 2007 by the International Forum on Globalization, it had foreseen the need for a systemic change even before the (latest) GFC (global financial crisis). In opposition to the current unsustainable neoliberal dogma, it rightly argues that “less and local” are the way forward. Indeed, in light of the current resource depletion and destruction, climate change, financial crisis, socio-economic inequalities, and societies which overarching values are driven by profit rather than well-being, we need a systemic economic change – along a systemic change in our values, but that’s another story. So, if you too understand all too well that the neoliberal doctrine is in its deathbed, you’ll be thrilled to read that the authors of the Manifesto push for “Economies of Ecological Sustainability, Equity, Sufficiency and Peace”. Sustainability, what … Read the rest