Via Dolorosa

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Corruption and short-termism are pushing us along the path of sorrows. by George Monbiot The records go back 800,000 years: that’s the age of the oldest fossil air bubbles extracted from Dome C, an ice-bound summit in the high Antarctic. And throughout that time there has been nothing like this. At no point in the… Read more »

The “Long Emergency”, Permaculture, and Towns that Food Saved

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by Andrew Willner We live in dangerous times, when economic collapse, climate chaos, and peak oil threaten the foundations of society, abundance, and all we hold dear. “Business as usual” will no longer suffice, because that way leads to certain pain, peril and impoverishment. Unspeakable acts of violence like the slaughter at the Sandy Hook… Read more »

The Providential Principle

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Amazingly, the UK government has not defined the precautionary principle and appears to have no idea what it is. by George Monbiot Click for larger view Here’s something remarkable I stumbled across while researching my column on Monday, but did not have room to include. I hope you’ll agree that it is worth sharing. I… Read more »

The Land Ethic

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by Aldo Leopold, from A Sand County Almanac, 1948 Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) When god-like Odysseus returned from the wars in Troy, he hanged all on one rope a dozen slave-girls of his household whom he suspected of misbehavior during his absence. This hanging involved no question of propriety. The girls were property. The disposal of… Read more »

Investing: The Option They Never Told You About

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Maximum security, maximum return. Who doesn’t want that? In a world of uncertainty and change, more than a few people are reconsidering where it is they want their money. I grew up being encouraged to save and invest in savings. The two are not the same thing. To invest in savings is to invest in… Read more »

The Self-Hating State

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Devolving policy to “the market” doesn’t solve the problem of power. It makes it worse. by George Monbiot In other ages, states sought to seize as much power as they could. Today, the self-hating state renounces its powers. Governments anathematise governance. They declare their role redundant and illegitimate. They launch furious assaults upon their own… Read more »

Healthy Planet and the Law of Ecocide – an Interview with Polly Higgins

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The disappearing Amazon rainforest Photo: Cifor Marcin Gerwin: You propose introducing a new international law of ecocide as an amendment to the Rome Statute. Ecocide is defined as “an extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that… Read more »

The Great Unmentionable

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We have offshored both our consumption and our perceptions by George Monbiot Every society has topics it does not discuss. These are the issues which challenge its comfortable assumptions. They are the ones that remind us of mortality, which threaten the continuity we anticipate, which expose our various beliefs as irreconcilable. Among them are the… Read more »

Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity – Chapter 1, Food: The Weak Link

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute The world is in transition from an era of food abundance to one of scarcity. Over the last decade, world grain reserves have fallen by one third. World food prices have more than doubled, triggering a worldwide land rush and ushering in a new geopolitics of food. Food… Read more »

Smart Phones, Dumb Companies

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17 years, and the phone companies still haven’t sorted out the issue of conflict minerals. by George Monbiot If you are too well connected, you stop thinking. The clamour, the immediacy, the tendency to absorb other people’s thoughts, interrupt the deep abstraction required to find your own way. This is one of the reasons why… Read more »