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  • Ecologise – The 21st century's converging crises and alternative pathways in India
    the bargaining table This is not about being a nature lover who only cares about animals and plants but not about humans Continue Reading DEVELOPMENT Amit Bhaduri On democracy corporations and inequality Written by Contributor Apr 19 2016 0 Comments Infusing the institution of democracy with the ideology of growth without considering the fate of the majority results in a dangerous mutualism between corporations and the government The inclusive democracy of one adult one vote is reconciled with the economic power of corporations by price rationing out the poor from any possibility of direct representation Continue Reading Bookshelf John Ledger Neoliberalism the ideology at the root of all our problems Written by Contributor Apr 18 2016 0 Comments George Monbiot writes So pervasive has neoliberalism become that we seldom recognise it as an ideology We accept the proposition that this utopian millenarian faith describes a neutral force a biological law like Darwin s theory of evolution But the philosophy arose as a conscious attempt to reshape human life and shift the locus of power Continue Reading ECONOMY Amit Verma Forbes India Famines and Public Distribution System in India Written by Contributor Apr 18 2016 0 Comments Debarshi Das writes The neoliberal State seeks to cut down welfare expenditure hence it is against PDS It also relies on the market Although contemporary advocates of free market are not motivated by extraction of colonial revenue in terms of policy prescription they do not differ from the advocates of free market of colonial era Continue Reading Bookshelf Bookshelf Shattering Food politics and the loss of genetic diversity Written by Contributor Apr 17 2016 0 Comments Billy Brack writes Shattering Food Politics and the Loss of Genetic Diversity by Fowler and Mooney is one of the important books of our times explaining how agribusiness is putting the world at risk by limiting the world s food crops to a few genetic strains Quite literally we are putting our eggs in one basket Continue Reading CLIMATE CHANGE Riber Hansson Study Climate change takes from the poor gives to the rich Written by Contributor Apr 17 2016 0 Comments A new study finds that climate change is triggering a massive reallocation of resources to the world s wealthiest countries Fish and other important resources are moving toward the Earth s poles as the climate warms and wealth is moving with them according to a new paper by scientists at Rutgers Princeton Yale and Arizona State universities Continue Reading CLIMATE CHANGE The gathering storm of climate migration Written by Contributor Apr 16 2016 0 Comments Michael Igo writes Since 2008 22 5 million people have been forced from their homes due to floods and hurricanes twice as many as the record 11 million displaced by conflict in 2014 As global temperatures creep higher and storms droughts floods and heat waves grow more severe we face a future of mass climate related migration Continue Reading DEVELOPMENT Video Development and identity theft in Northeast India Written by Contributor Apr 16 2016 0 Comments Usha Dewani writes Indigenous communities have a strong belief in the sacredness of the natural world and assert that excess exploitation of the material world through huge infrastructure programs like large dams and hydropower projects would not lead to social development They are concerned that these infrastructure programmes might compromise their autonomy over their lands Continue Reading Alternatives Seven projects around the world that protect soil Written by Contributor Apr 15 2016 0 Comments Rocco Pallin writes Thirty three percent of soil worldwide is degraded and 50 000 square kilometers of soil are lost each year Soil is not a renewable resource and isn t recoverable within a human lifespan but sustainable practices could increase the world s food production by 58 percent Here are seven projects helping to restore the world s soil Continue Reading CLIMATE CHANGE Cowspiracy The film that environmental organisations don t want you to see Written by Contributor Apr 15 2016 1 Comment Cowspiracy The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature length environmental documentary produced and directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn It follows the intrepid filmmakers as they uncover the real impact of the livestock industry The film investigates why the world s leading environmental organizations including Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network are afraid to talk about it Continue Reading NEWS UPDATE ARCHIVE NEWS UPDATE 91 Written by Ecologise Apr 14 2016 0 Comments Sayantan Bera reports Data from the ministry of water resources show that in end March water levels in 91 major reservoirs in the country was at just 25 of capacity 30 lower than last year and 25 less than the average storage in a decade The situation is acute in the western parts of the country Continue Reading Education Awareness Video Learning from water What if we need to disobey to survive Written by Contributor Apr 13 2016 0 Comments Nikhil VJ writes Although water is a liquid it breaks nearly all the rules that liquids follow and has characteristics that are totally unique It is precisely the rule bending characteristics of water that make life possible In what other systems can a little breaking of the rules be essential to making life possible sustainable thriving Continue Reading Consumption Our economic growth system is reaching limits in a strange way Written by Contributor Apr 13 2016 0 Comments Gail Tverberg writes We are experiencing a world economy that seems to be reaching limits but the symptoms are not what peak oil groups warned about Instead of high prices and lack of supply we are facing indirect problems brought on by our high consumption of energy products I have called it a double pump problem Continue Reading Bookshelf Cars Capitalism and India Written by Contributor Apr 12 2016 0 Comments Vidhyadhar Date writes A developed country is not one where the poor drive cars but one where the rich use public transport Building more roads to reduce congestion is like trying to put out a fire with petrol India has failed to learn from developed countries mistakes and is on a disastrous path of motorization Continue Reading CLIMATE CHANGE Special A view from the Left Capitalism climate change and the environment Written by Ecologise Apr 12 2016 0 Comments From the point of view of greens the Left in general and Marxism in particular is often seen as being myopic about the looming environmental crisis Here we present a selection of articles and essays by leading writers from the Left who are among the most interesting and constructive voices to engage with the issue Continue Reading ECONOMY Is agriculture a business Written by Contributor Apr 11 2016 0 Comments Harish Damodaran writes Is farming really a business If so to what extent Is there something about agriculture that makes it fundamentally different as a business Farmers suffer rules other businessmen never encounter There are at least four laws of business operating only in farming of which the last two are probably unique to India Continue Reading CLIMATE CHANGE Video Bhutanese PM Tshering Tobgay on growth happiness and carbon emissions Written by Contributor Apr 11 2016 0 Comments Deep in the Himalayas on the border between China and India lies the Kingdom of Bhutan which has pledged to remain carbon neutral for all time In this illuminating talk by TED Bhutan s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay shares his country s mission to put happiness before economic growth and set a world standard for environmental preservation Continue Reading ECONOMY Gail Tverberg Globalization is reaching its limits here s why Written by Contributor Apr 10 2016 0 Comments We have identified two different limits to globalization One has to do with limits on the amount of goods and services that developed countries can absorb before those imports unduly disrupt local economies The other occurs because of the sensitivity of many developing nations to low commodity prices because they are exporters of these commodities Continue Reading Alternatives Special Ringing Cedars and the new silent revolution in Russia Written by Ecologise Apr 10 2016 0 Comments The Ringing Cedars of Russia series of books have sold over ten million copies in Russia and has inspired a massive movement in earth consciousness there Its part of a new silent revolution in Russia where more and more people are leaving the cities to live closer to nature Interestingly the Russian government actively supports it Continue Reading Alternatives Video Cowism How an engineer is transforming Indian agriculture Written by Contributor Apr 9 2016 0 Comments Chetan Raut founder of the intriguingly named startup Cowism aims to empower distressed Maharashtra farmers to become self reliant and financially independent by integrating commercially useful assets like native cattle into farming practices to improve soil fertility lower input costs and raise profits Invariably the solutions to our problems lie right under our noses says Chetan Continue Reading DEVELOPMENT Frans Lanting An infrastructure tsunami is being unleashed on the environment in the name of development Written by Contributor Apr 9 2016 0 Comments Bill Laurance writes Some 25 million km of new paved roads thousands of dams and hundreds of thousands of new mining oil and gas projects are being planned roughly 90 of them in developing nations Their environmental impacts could easily dwarf climate change as thousands of projects penetrate into the world s last surviving wild areas Continue Reading Alternatives Ideas For Going Forward A manifesto for a world in crisis Written by Contributor Apr 8 2016 0 Comments Some Possible Ideas For Going Forward is a manifesto for global change signed by leading activists academics and intellectuals including Noam Chomsky to help inspire more conversations within groups and movements that over time come to a synthesis We believe only program that is fully understood and owned by grassroots participants can win lasting change Continue Reading Displacement Conflict The Hindu India s looming water wars can destroy everything from Make in India to smart cities Written by Contributor Apr 8 2016 0 Comments Nikhil Inamdar writes India has the world s largest number of people without access to clean water The financial burden of this has fallen on its poorest agrarian communities but the crisis is now spilling over to industries too In Marathwada the tanker business is the only one booming The rest of the economy has collapsed Continue Reading Alternatives A Green Development Manifesto for Kerala Written by Contributor Apr 7 2016 0 Comments This first of its kind Green Development Agenda for Kerala was collectively drafted by green collective Paristhithi Aikya Vedhi and has been submitted to the leaders of the main political parties in the fray for the upcoming Assembly Elections in May It was released on 30th March by Dr V S Vijayan Member Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel Continue Reading Digests Special Features The Panama Papers Consequences of centralised money and power Written by Contributor Apr 7 2016 0 Comments Charles Hugh Smith writes If we don t change the way money is created and distributed we will never change anything The Panama Papers offer damning proof of this increasing concentrations of wealth and power free of constraint like taxes is not just the consequence of centralized money and state power but its only possible output Continue Reading NEWS UPDATE ARCHIVE NEWS UPDATE 90 Written by Ecologise Apr 6 2016 0 Comments Nikhil Dey Aruna Roy writes The cynical attitude towards the MGNREGA is an example of how policymakers are deliberately by squeezing funds and subverting the legal mandate of the law causing immeasurable misery and suffering Through the fund squeeze the government has consciously crippled the MGNREGA s ability to help people facing drought Continue Reading CLIMATE CHANGE Global capitalism is facing three tipping points Written by Sagar Dhara Apr 5 2016 0 Comments In this article Sagar Dhara examines Capitalism s crucial tipping points The first the impending energy and natural resource crisis related to the sourcing of raw materials The second inequality related to the production of goods and services The third global warming which is related to greenhouse gas emissions GHGs in excess of the earth s sink capacity Continue Reading INDIA Techno fascism in the 21st century Written by Contributor Apr 5 2016 0 Comments Jayati Ghosh writes Fascism in the 21st century does have some new features which are also common to at least some of the countries that are currently experiencing it They are largely related to the possibilities generated by new technologies especially communication and surveillance technologies which are increasingly being used by governments with fascist inclinations Continue Reading CLIMATE CHANGE Industrial civilisation can t wean itself off fossil fuels painlessly Written by Contributor Apr 4 2016 0 Comments Chris Martenson writes The data seems to confirm this Humanity is not going to painlessly wean itself off of fossil fuels Instead we will hit some sort of a wall a food population crisis a climate crisis or a debt fiscal economic crisis Each of those candidates has its roots in our global society s addition to fossil fuels Continue Reading Displacement Conflict How Goa s mining lobby government and media ganged up against a young tribal activist Written by Contributor Apr 4 2016 0 Comments Nandita Haksar writes Ravindra Velip a 27 year old tribal activist fighting mining in Goa is facing the combined might of the state government the mining lobby and a complicit media A founding member of green activist group Rainbow Warriors he was arrested and placed in judicial custody When he was assaulted in jail it went unreported Continue Reading ECONOMY There s a drought in many parts of India Why isn t it making headlines Written by Contributor Apr 3 2016 0 Comments Harish Damodaran writes In the past droughts invariably fuelled speculation and hoarding by unscrupulous traders But this time Indians in the cities are hardly feeling the pinch Barring sugar consumers aren t paying all that much more compared to a year ago Simply put this time it is a drought essentially of farmers and rural producers Continue Reading Bookshelf Bookshelf Capitalism and Climate Change The Science and Politics of Global Warming Written by Contributor Apr 3 2016 0 Comments The climate crisis is the greatest threat humanity has ever faced which threatens not only global civilization but the very survival of our species and many others This book gives a lucid explanation of the science of climate change and illuminates the role of capitalism in creating and perpetuating the climate crisis and related dangers Continue Reading ECONOMY Why is India importing US nuclear reactors that even the US doesn t want Written by Contributor Apr 2 2016 0 Comments Nityanand Jayaraman writes A new report warns that India s plans to import 12 nuclear reactors from ailing American equipment suppliers is financially fraught and irrelevant for India s electricity needs If built the reactors will cost anywhere between Rs 6 3 lakh crore and Rs 11 lakh crore thereby translating to unaffordable and obscenely high electricity tariffs Continue Reading Digests Special Features Special A look back at Kerala s endosulphan disaster Written by Ecologise Apr 2 2016 0 Comments Valiya Chirakula Pakshikal Birds With Large Wings directed by Dr Biju has been declared 2015 s Best Film on Environment It explores the disastrous environmental and public health consequences of pesticide use based on real life events in Kasargode Kerala On this occasion here s a look back at the manmade disaster that continues to haunt Kasargode residents Continue Reading Consumption Economic growth How it works how it fails why wealth disparity occurs Written by Contributor Apr 1 2016 0 Comments Gail Tverberg writes Economists have put together models of how an economy works but these models were developed years ago when the world economy was far from limits These models may have been reasonably adequate when they were developed but there is increasing evidence that they don t work in an economy that is reaching limits Continue Reading Culture Communication Charles Eisenstein In a Rhino Everything Written by Contributor Apr 1 2016 0 Comments A planet where caged wild animals go extinct is also one that warehouses its elderly in nursing homes A world where the last white rhinos age in zoos is also a world of war racism poverty and ecocide It s impossible for one to exist without the others All are part of the same unholy matrix Continue Reading CLIMATE CHANGE Video Climate science pioneer Hansen warns of disastrous climate shift Written by Contributor Mar 31 2016 0 Comments The world may be much closer to an abrupt and catastrophic climate shift than previously thought That s the warning from modern climate science pioneer James Hansen His latest research suggests that polar ice sheet disintegration may cause sea level rise enough to drown coastal cities not in a few centuries but in a few decades Continue Reading NEWS UPDATE ARCHIVE NEWS UPDATE 89 Written by Ecologise Mar 31 2016 0 Comments The Centre has proposed modification of green laws to impose a fine up to Rs 20 crore on major environment violators who would also have to pay a daily fine of Rs 1 crore if the damage continues Another green law will prevent violators from taking shelter under a legal cover for non payment of fines Continue Reading Alternatives Video Report How renewable energy is already taking over the world Written by Contributor Mar 30 2016 0 Comments Juan Cole writes In 2015 energy companies invested more in new renewables power plants than in fossil fuel plants for the first time in history The majority of these plants were planned for developing countries a sign that the technology is now viewed as less expensive It is clear there is a secular trend upwards Continue Reading INDIA Morvarid Fernandez Why we must have water budgets Written by Contributor Mar 30 2016 0 Comments Techno economic fixes do not address the underlying zero sum game nature of water resource use Ultimately the problem is that of allocating the water available each year among users both people and the ecosystem Without understanding how much water is available how much is used and by whom solving India s water crisis will be impossible Continue Reading Culture Communication Frida Kahlo Atulya Bingham Where did environmentalism go wrong Written by Contributor Mar 29 2016 0 Comments Atulkya Bingham author of Mudball writes With an unwavering fascination in the end of the world environmentalism has attempted to scare humanity into acting and we are now seeing just how spectacularly these scare tactics have failed Not that the scare isn t based on solid foundations it s more that apparently scared people are not particularly effective at mobilising Continue Reading CLIMATE CHANGE Digest Climate crisis and the myth of green capitalism Written by Ecologise Mar 29 2016 0 Comments Much of the mainstream media corporate lobbyists and politicians would like the public to think of climate change as something akin to a natural phenomenon In this second part of our series on Capitalism and Climate Change we present a selection of articles that examine the deep seated connections between climate change and a rapacious global economic order Continue Reading Culture Communication www dailymail co uk When communalists turns on environmentalists Written by Contributor Mar 28 2016 1 Comment Wildlife conservationist Neha Sinha writes In the past environmentalists have often been blamed as obstructionist and anti development Legal environmental clearance processes have been described as green terrorism because questions of sustainable development and conservation do not always go hand in hand with polluting industrial expansion But many environmentalists feel being called anti cultural and anti Hindu is something new Continue Reading CLIMATE CHANGE The scientific challenge of attributing extreme weather events to human activity Written by Contributor Mar 28 2016 0 Comments Roz Pidcock reports Working out whether human activity is supercharging extreme events like floods droughts and heatwaves is one of the youngest branches of climate science But it s moving at breakneck pace So much so that the US National Academy of Sciences has fast tracked a report taking stock of the science and where it s heading Continue Reading CLIMATE CHANGE The decisions we make about climate change today will reverberate for millennia Written by Contributor Mar 27 2016 0 Comments David Roberts writes The great irony of climate change is that it s so big we can barely care about it We re in a brief window of time when it is still possible to blunt the worst effects of climate change So let s try an imaginative exercise connecting long term climate consequences to our current political moment Continue Reading Alternatives Organic agriculture agroecology and the parallel reality of the GMO evangelist Written by Contributor Mar 27 2016 0 Comments Colin Todhunter writes GMO enthusiasts insist that agroecological farming could never feed the world But it has been feeding us all for millennia and it s the only way to continue while enriching the soils on which all farming depends Gandhi once called industrial agriculture a nine day wonder And its time will soon be up Continue Reading ENERGY How the coal industry is deepening the global water crisis Written by Contributor Mar 26 2016 0 Comments The high water intensity of global energy generation is leading to water coal conflict caused by coal power production Greenpeace International has prepared a groundbreaking analysis of the impacts of the world s coal power plants on global water resources The world s coal power plants are consuming water that could meet the basic requirements for nearly 1 billion people Continue Reading Alternatives The Church of Economism and its discontents Written by Contributor Mar 26 2016 0 Comments Richard Norgaard writes Two centuries of explosive economic growth have radically altered our world With human activity now the major driver of geological change the industrial era has come to be called the Anthropocene In this essay I instead adopt the term Econocene thereby underscoring its ideological foundation economism the reduction of all social relations to market logic Continue Reading Alternatives How WeFarm connects small farmers without the Internet Written by Contributor Mar 25 2016 0 Comments Pierce Nahigyan reports Founded in 2014 WeFarm is a free peer to peer service designed for farmers around the world It enables farmers to share information with each other via SMS or text messaging WeFarm translates and connects queries from continent to continent and has thus far provided more than 100 000 answers to its 43 000 registered farmers Continue Reading Culture Communication The dangers of separating science and environment Written by Contributor Mar 25 2016 0 Comments Manu Saunders writes What will be the consequences if the perceived connection between scientific endeavor and the natural world continues to weaken Presenting nature study as a pleasant but scientifically irrelevant hobby may have beneficial effects on our health and well being but it ll damage our understanding of environmental issues and therefore our understanding of science Continue Reading Bookshelf Book Video Thanatia The destiny of the Earth s mineral resources Written by Contributor Mar 24 2016 0 Comments Is Gaia becoming Thanatia a resource exhausted planet For how long can our high tech society be sustained in the light of declining mineral ore grades heavy dependence on un recycled critical metals and accelerated material dispersion Thanatia presents a cradle to cradle view of Earth s abiotic resources through a novel approach based on the Second Law of Thermodynamics Continue Reading NEWS UPDATE ARCHIVE NEWS UPDATE 88 Written by Ecologise Mar 24 2016 0 Comments Nihar Gokhale reports Rainfall across India in March has been 300 500 higher and often were accompanied by hailstorms As a result winter crops across six Indian states Punjab Haryana Rajasthan Uttar Pradesh Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra stand destroyed Rain and the accompanying hail has damaged upto 60 standing winter crops across the country Continue Reading Alternatives Wccftech com In spite of cool advertising electric cars also damage the environment Written by Hema Vaishnavi Mar 23 2016 1 Comment In the Union Budget the government has decided to exempt the new age cesses on electric and hybrid cars But are these green cars really green They do not pollute the areas that they are being used in because all they are doing is move the pollution from the point of movement to the source of electricity Continue Reading Bookshelf Elanthemag com Bookshelf When trucks stop running so does civilization Written by Contributor Mar 23 2016 0 Comments Virtually everything in our homes everything in our stores got there on a truck Prior to that 90 percent of those items were transported on a ship and or a train If trucks trains and ships stopped running our global economy and way of life would stop too Alice Friedemann s new book examines precisely this prospect Continue Reading DEVELOPMENT Video Rice Bowl to Ashtray Documentary on industrialisation and displacement in Chhattisgarh Written by Contributor Mar 22 2016 0 Comments Since its formation Chhattisgarh has become the new destination of domestic and foreign investment Sunil Kumar s award winning documentary Daan Se Raakh Rice Bowl to Ashtray captures displacement and industrialization in Chhattisgarh It critically investigates the impact of unbridled industrialization privatization of water and acquisition of agricultural land on the life and livelihoods of the rural population Continue Reading CLIMATE CHANGE Corporate Watch Series Capitalism and Climate Change Written by Contributor Mar 22 2016 0 Comments Climate change is real and it s going to get worse This video looks at how obstacles to solving the problem are intrinsic to our capitalist system The growing strength of the climate movement around the world gives us great hope but it s going to take a revolution to make the world inhabitable for future generations Continue Reading Bookshelf Famouseconomists net Bookshelf Failed What the experts got wrong about the global economy Written by Contributor Mar 21 2016 0 Comments Author Mark Weisbrot says Behind almost every prolonged economic malfeasance there is some combination of outworn bad ideas incompetence and the malign influence of powerful special interests Unfortunately such nightmares are repeated in other places because even if the lessons are learned they are not taken to heart by the people who call the shots Continue Reading DEVELOPMENT AFP Farmer suicides What do we know What does it mean Written by Contributor Mar 21 2016 0 Comments As output is rising at a slower rate since 1990 profitability of farmers is getting adversely affected for they are not being able to produce at as fast a rate as they had been doing before Note decline in public investment is a conscious government decision There are also other policy changes which aggravated this Continue Reading CLIMATE CHANGE The Paris Climate Talks A Nepali View Written by Contributor Mar 20 2016 0 Comments Shail Shrestha writes at Local Futures Technology transfer from the North to South has long been regarded as the path to a better life in less developed regions of the world But even the best and the most sustainable technology proposed in Paris would make Nepal less sustainable than it is today leading us in the wrong direction Continue Reading DEVELOPMENT On burning ground The human cost of India s push to produce more coal Written by Contributor Mar 20 2016 0 Comments Fred Pearce reports As part of India s modernization program Prime Minister Narenda Modi has called for doubling the nation s coal production by 2020 If it moves forward India seems set to create a mounting tide of victims from the cycle wallahs and refugees of Jharia s coal fires to the country s air quality to the planet s climate Continue Reading Alternatives Richard Heinberg 100 renewable energy is possible here s how Written by Contributor Mar 19 2016 0 Comments Since the renewable energy revolution will require trading fossil fuels for alternative ones mostly wind solar hydro geothermal and biomass there will be some hefty challenges along the way Therefore it makes sense to start with the low hanging fruit and with a plan in place then revise our plan frequently as we gain practical experience Continue Reading DEVELOPMENT How did Indian rivers fare in 2015 Written by Contributor Mar 19 2016 0 Comments Swati Bansal writes The waters of many rivers were declared as unfit for human consumption This included rivers in Goa with fecal coliform bacteria and rivers in Karnataka where none were suitable for drinking But pollution was just one factor the other was hydropower power projects which continue to choke rivers such as the Chenab Continue Reading Alternatives Wikimedia Commons Can environmentalism learn from religion Written by Contributor Mar 18 2016 0 Comments Kurt Cobb writes While it might seem tempting to downplay the nexus between religion and environmentalism in order to bolster environmentalism s scientific underpinnings I think this would be a serious mistake The effectiveness of religious rhetoric suggests that environmentalists ought not to discard it but rather figure out how to harness it even more effectively Continue Reading Bookshelf Bookshelf Shrinking the Technosphere by Dmitry Orlov Written by Contributor Mar 18 2016 0 Comments My hypothesis let s call it the Technospheratu hypothesis is that the technosphere having risen up on top of and in opposition to Gaia and the biosphere possesses a certain primitive emergent intelligence that allows it to grow in complexity and power and to dominate the biosphere to an ever greater extent Unlike Gaia it is a parasite upon the biosphere Continue Reading NEWS UPDATE ARCHIVE NEWS UPDATE 87 Written by Ecologise Mar 17 2016 0 Comments The Guardian reports According to a new NASA study the average global surface temperature in February was 1 35C warmer than the average temperature for the month between 1951 1980 a far bigger margin than ever seen before The unprecedented leap led scientists usually wary to label the new record a shocker and warn of a climate emergency Continue Reading Alternatives Paul Wagner A new wave of climate insurgents defines itself as law enforcers Written by Contributor Mar 16 2016 0 Comments Jeremy Brecher writes One in six Americans say they would engage in nonviolent civil disobedience against corporate or government activities that make global warming worse That s about 40 million adults The fate of the earth may depend on them Such actions are about to take a quantum leap both in numbers and in global coordination Continue Reading DEVELOPMENT Ratan Tata at the Bangalore Aero Show 2013 The Tata Group is a major player in both mining and defence manufacturing India s rising Corporate Military Complex A critical appraisal Written by Contributor Mar 15 2016 0 Comments Rahul Varman writes Bauxite or iron mines are opened up by grabbing people s lands and homes against great resistance and UAVs and other increasingly sophisticated weapons are used to quell this resistance The corporate sector benefits both from the mining as well as the demand for weapons demand which is independent of the vagaries of the market system Continue Reading Alternatives The Revolution is Love A missive from Charles Eisenstein Written by Contributor Mar 14 2016 0 Comments This is why so many seasoned activists succumb to despair after decades of struggle Do you think we can beat the military industrial financial agricultural pharmaceutical NGO educational political complex at its own game But the modern environmental movement and most especially the climate change movement has attempted just that risking defeat but also often worsening the situation even in its victories Continue Reading Consumption Shutterstock CRISPR is coming with big implications for food farmers consumers and nature Written by Contributor Mar 13 2016 0 Comments Maywa Montenegro reports Very few technologies merit the epithet game changer but a new genetic engineering tool known as CRISPR Cas9 is one of them Since we first developed the ability to alter genetic material efforts to do so have required months or even years of molecular tinkering With CRISPR precision and speed have soared Continue Reading ECONOMY Gail Tverberg We are at Peak Oil now we need very low cost energy to fix it Written by Contributor Mar 12 2016 0 Comments We are hitting something similar to Peak Oil right now but the major symptoms are unexpected There is a glut of supply and prices are far below the cost of production Perhaps we should call it Limits to Growth rather than Peak Oil because it is a different type of problem than most people expected Continue Reading DEVELOPMENT The Hindu Special P Sainath s award winning series on rural India s Thirst Economy Written by Contributor Mar 11 2016 1 Comment This series on rural India s water crisis won P Sainath a World Media Summit award under the category of Exemplary News Professionals in Developing Countries It zeroes in on the stark contrasts in the consumption and access to water between the rich and poor to illustrate the alarming trend of inequalities in India and abroad Continue Reading NEWS UPDATE ARCHIVE NEWS UPDATE 86 Written by Ecologise Mar 10 2016 0 Comments Bill McKibben reports On March 3 across the northern hemisphere the temperature for a few hours crossed a line it was more than two degrees Celsius above normal for the first time in recorded history and likely for the first time in the course of human civilization Two degrees Celsius is the must not cross red line Continue Reading DEVELOPMENT Artists impression of Gujarat International Finance Tec City GIFT Video Report Is India s 100 smart cities project a recipe for social apartheid Written by Contributor Mar 9 2016 0 Comments Shruti Ravindran reports In a monograph for a conference on smart cities the economist and consultant Laveesh Bhandari described smart cities as special enclaves that would use prohibitive prices and harsh policing to exclude millions of poor Indians For if we do not keep them out they will override our ability to maintain such infrastructure Continue Reading CLIMATE CHANGE Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene scientists say Written by Contributor Mar 8 2016 0 Comments A new study provides one of the strongest cases yet that Earth has entered a new geological epoch The question of whether humans environmental impact has tipped Earth into an Anthropocene ending the current Holocene which began 12 000 years ago will be put to the geological body that formally approves such time divisions Continue Reading CLIMATE CHANGE Video Al Gore makes the case for optimism on Climate Change Written by Contributor Mar 7 2016 0 Comments Al Gore former US Vice President and Founder The Climate Reality Project spoke at the recently concluded 2016 TED Technology Entertainment and Design conference in Vancouver British Columbia According to him the future of our planet looks very different today than it did when he last spoke on the TED stage nearly a decade ago Continue Reading ENERGY Towards Energy Democracy A Vision Statement Written by Contributor Mar 6 2016 0 Comments Unlimited growth and consumerist culture is incompatible with a finite world We call for an urgent paradigm shift from the currently dominant model of consumption led development to creating frameworks of human and ecological well being This transition should be defined by the principles of sustainability equity and justice Adopted at the Bijli Vikalp Sangam Bodh Gaya Continue Reading ECONOMY Icecap Asset Management Journey to the center of the Earth Private capital is running away from trouble Written by Contributor Mar 6 2016 0 Comments Keith Dicker writes Why is the world in an economic funk The answer is quite simple Private Capital does not like the actions by central banks and governments and is withdrawing their money from the global economy And it is heading towards the center of the earth Yes it really is as simple as that Continue Reading DEVELOPMENT A R Vasavi The bitter reality behind the pro farmer budget Written by Contributor Mar 5 2016 0 Comments Over the

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    these like climate change are reaching tipping points beyond which changes become irreversible Humans are the only species on earth that have had such a massive direct impact on the environment in which we live by virtue of the tools and technologies that we have developed in the process of the development of our civilization Though the longevity of human life has increased due to advances in medical technologies our Quality of Life especially in cities has taken a direct hit as a result of environmental degradation The food we eat contains toxic chemicals the air we breathe is polluted the water we drink is becoming more scarce and more contaminated our lifestyles are becoming more sedentary our consumerist tendencies are increasing the consumption of natural resources and generating more waste than natural processes can handle our communities are disintegrating lifestyle diseases are more prevalent mental health issues are on the rise and injustices to politically and economically weaker communities is increasing Competition is becoming more intense starting in schools and spreading to every other sphere of life There is a feeling of despondence and helplessness among people for being dependent on the market economy There is a growing realization of the impossibility of changing anything merely by changing personal lifestyles Personal changes like using cloth bags instead of plastic shopping bags switching to CFL or LED lighting recycling waste using solar energy buying organic produce etc have been reduced to mere tokenism A more systemic change in the way the world operates is required now Living in the midst of these man made crises it becomes our urgent responsibility to change the way we live so that we can avert or reduce the impact of these crises on our lives As a species we are in the unique position of being able to understand the source of these problems and also bring about the large scale changes that are required to save the environment that supports our life on this planet It s time we pause and think through some of the fundamental aspects of our lives and the way we go about living it This would include thinking about the kind of material and social needs and aspirations we have and how we go about interacting with the environment the organisms and people around us in trying to meet our needs We have come to call this as ecologising ourselves Ecologising is an attempt to explore and understand the reasons behind the individual alienation disgruntlement that one might experience as a part of our urban lives and also the causes for the larger environmental and social crises that are causing immense suffering to people and other life forms As we evolve in our understanding we hope to also respond by finding alternative ways of living learning and working towards a more personally meaningful and fulfilling life that is also less exploitative of nature and other people Ecologise Camps Ecologise Camp are programmes through which people can explore such

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    Coming Energy Crisis And The Way Forward on The climate challenge is deeper than technology Saral Sarkar on Cowspiracy The film that environmental organisations don t want you to see Bala on Subhash Palekar From farmer to national treasure RAMESHWAR NAYAK on Subhash Palekar From farmer to national treasure Hareesh on Subhash Palekar From farmer to national treasure H R Prakash on When communalists turns on environmentalists Ashok Kundapur on In spite of cool advertising electric cars also damage the environment Tags activism agrarian crisis agriculture air pollution alternatives Books capitalism carbon emissions China Climate Change coal corporate rule deforestation development ecological conflict economic growth education awareness energy extreme weather events food security fossil fuels future scenarios Gail Tverberg global economy green politics India inequality Kurt Cobb Narendra Modi government neoliberalism oil prices organic farming Paris climate talks peak oil Renewable energy resource depletion resource extraction Richard Heinberg rural India Sagar Dhara Sustainability Transition videos water crisis weather patterns Archives Archives Select Month May 2016 4 April 2016 51 March 2016 46 February 2016 31 January 2016 27 December 2015 31 November 2015 29 October 2015 19 September 2015 12 August 2015 13 July 2015 9 June 2015 11 May 2015 13 April 2015 12 March 2015 16 February 2015 17 January 2015 10 December 2014 10 November 2014 10 October 2014 10 September 2014 11 August 2014 7 July 2014 5 June 2014 7 May 2014 2 April 2014 3 March 2014 4 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 3 November 2013 2 October 2013 8 Upcoming Events Webinar on Groundtruthing at online event Groundtruthing gathers information that connects regulatory requirements with actual impacts development has on people Resource person Kanchi Kohli Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on

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    cool advertising electric cars also damage the environment Tags activism agrarian crisis agriculture air pollution alternatives Books capitalism carbon emissions China Climate Change coal corporate rule deforestation development ecological conflict economic growth education awareness energy extreme weather events food security fossil fuels future scenarios Gail Tverberg global economy green politics India inequality Kurt Cobb Narendra Modi government neoliberalism oil prices organic farming Paris climate talks peak oil Renewable energy resource depletion resource extraction Richard Heinberg rural India Sagar Dhara Sustainability Transition videos water crisis weather patterns Archives Archives Select Month May 2016 4 April 2016 51 March 2016 46 February 2016 31 January 2016 27 December 2015 31 November 2015 29 October 2015 19 September 2015 12 August 2015 13 July 2015 9 June 2015 11 May 2015 13 April 2015 12 March 2015 16 February 2015 17 January 2015 10 December 2014 10 November 2014 10 October 2014 10 September 2014 11 August 2014 7 July 2014 5 June 2014 7 May 2014 2 April 2014 3 March 2014 4 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 3 November 2013 2 October 2013 8 Upcoming Events Webinar on Groundtruthing at online event Groundtruthing gathers information that connects regulatory requirements with actual impacts development has on people Resource person Kanchi Kohli Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window 12th May 2016 12th May 2016 Rainwater Harvesting Workshop at Hyderabad Understand and combat Hyderabad s water problems through rain water harvesting Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window 15th May 2016 15th May 2016 Thought for

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    cumulative effect of the above variables contributes to the growing risk of a cascading collapse of systems vital to our human wellbeing Consequently communities are expected to do everything in order to avoid such outcomes today In sequence this paper addresses three areas Our ability to cope become resilient and build home without hurricanes storm surges excess rainfall and winds that ignite fresh fires Undertake a re visit of the context of rural and remote stranded ness and the ecological adaptive cycle metaphor and finally address the social processes that facilitate the recovery and promote resilience identified in recent research in Australia Watch Arithmetic Population Energy Lecture By Dr Albert Bartlett Prof Emeritus Physics Univ of Colorado Boulder CO A lecture that demonstrates the limits to growth The best takeaway from Bartlett is The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function To listen to an audio version click here Humans and Planet Earth Transitioning from Teenagers to Adults as a Species Lecture Dr Nate Hagens 2014 Earth Week presentation at UW Stevens Point Nate is a well known authority on global resource depletion Until recently he was lead editor of The Oil Drum one of the most popular and highly respected websites for analysis and discussion of global energy supplies and the future implications of energy decline Nate s presentations address the opportunities and constraints we face in the transition away from fossil fuels Video Interview William R Catton Jr In this interview the author of the seminal Overshoot The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change outlines the major themes of his book stealing from the future exuberant growth takeover and drawdown industrialization carrying capacity deficit the absence of real villains the bane of advertising humankind s true nature ecological modesty and the need for us to expect the worst Collapse of Complex Societies By Dr Joseph Tainter The collapse of complex societies of the past can inform the present on the risks of collapse Dr Joseph Tainter author of the book The Collapse of Complex societies and featured in Leonardo Dicaprio s film The Eleventh Hour details the factors that led to the collapse of past civilizations including the Roman Empire This is part 1 of 7 of a keynote talk delivered to the 2010 International Conference on Sustainability Energy Economy and Environment organized by nonprofit Local Future If I Had a Hammer William H Schlesinger president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Schlesinger s presentation on the world s most pressing environmental problems and what needs to be done to ensure a habitable planet now and for future generations Extinctions When Where How Fast and What We Can Do To Stop Them Stuart Pimm Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke University Yes life will recover from what we are doing to the planet but don t hold your breath It s going to take millions of years It s going to take an incredible number of human generations Trillions of people will live in a biologically impoverished world if we don t stop out human impacts right now On Feedbacks and Tipping Points Dr Douglas Crawford Brown University of North Carolina Crawford Brown is interested in all aspects of research and teaching related to the development of policies for mitigating the risks of environmental change including but not restricted to climate change What A Way To Go Life at the end of Empire Timothy S Bennett Tim Bennett middle class white guy started waking up to the global environmental nightmare in the mid 1980s calling into question the fundamental assumption that has led to this unprecedented crisis in human history that humans were destined to dominate the rest of the community of life with the Culture of Empire Powerful interviews with well known authors including Daniel Quinn Derrick Jensen and Richard Heinberg and noted scientists William Schlesinger and Stuart Pimm fill in some important pieces Bennett pushes the dialogue where Al Gore did not go The Olduvai Theory By Richard Duncan Institue on Energy and Man The Olduvai theory states that industrial civilization as defined by per capita energy production will have a lifetime of less than or equal to 100 years 1930 2030 Here Richard Duncan explains how it is linked to Peak Oil The Truth About Climate Change BBC David Attenborough Sir David discovers that the world is warming at an unprecedented rate and finds out why this is now far beyond any normal allowance for cyclical fluctuation But are humans to blame These changes are already in motion whatever we do now but Sir David believes that we may be able to act to prevent a catastrophe Consumed Inside the Belly of the Beast Journeyman Pictures Consumerism has become the cornerstone of the post industrial age Yet how much do we know about it and what it is doing to us Using theories of evolutionary psychology to underpin a bold narrative of our times this film takes a whirlwind tour through the weird mental illness of consumerism showing how our insatiable appetite has driven us into the jaws of the beast There s No Tomorrow 2012 Written and directed by Dermot O Connor A quick journey through the subjects of oil formation peak oil energy economic growth and resource depletion The Story of Solutions By The Story of Stuff Project An animated video that explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal Understanding Climate Change David Roberts is staff writer at Grist org In this TED Talk titled Climate Change is Simple he describes the causes and effects of climate change in blunt plain terms The Human Impact of Climate Change Climate change has hit home across the globe especially in countries like Bangladesh China and India A ground report from the Climate Reality Project The Planet s Scarcest Resource Is Time By Lester Brown Founder of the Earth 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    fossil energy inputs by 50 percent The Oil We Eat By Richard Manning Appeared in Harpers Magazine 2004 This article by Richard Manning on oil agriculture food traces the origins of agriculture and the human addiction of conversion of hydrocarbons into carbohydrates The Tragic Story of Human Success By William Catton A Chapter from the landmark book Overshoot Royal Society Report People and the Planet The Royal Society UK A major study investigating the links between global population and consumption and the implications for a finite planet The Seneca effect why decline is faster than growth Ugo Bardi University of Florence When things start going bad they tend to go bad fast We might call this tendency the Seneca effect or the Seneca cliff from Lucius Annaeus Seneca who wrote that increases are of sluggish growth but the way to ruin is rapid Scientific model supported by UK Government Taskforce flags risk of civilisation s collapse by 2040 Nafeez Ahmed New scientific models supported by the British government s Foreign Office show that if we don t change course in less than three decades industrial civilisation will essentially collapse due to catastrophic food shortages triggered by a combination of climate change water scarcity energy crisis and political instability Energy and Limits to Growth John Bradford Mississippi State University This essay explicitly address the relationship between natural resources and the modern economic system It explores the relationship between energy use and economic growth and the relationship between peak oil and the global debt crisis We need to Talk About Growth By Michael Rowan Emeritus Professor University of South Australia The idea of economic growth has never been the subject of mainstream political critique That economic growth is good is a view unchallenged by any major political party The fact is that if we wish for our economic system to be long lived then at some point we must give up growth Growth is simply incompatible with longevity Time to Wake Up Days of Abundant Resources and Falling Prices Are Over Forever By Jeremy Grantham Chief Investment Officer of GMO Capital with over 106 billion in assets under management One of the world s largest asset managers Grantham catalogues many of the issues related to resource depletion in a no nonsense and urgent tone yet with an odd juxtaposition he is saying these things about limits resource constraints and human behavior as the head of a firm whose objective it is to increase financial capital The Olduvai Theory Heading into the Gorge By Richard C Duncan The Olduvai Theory is defined as the ratio of world energy production and population It states that average energy production per capita will decline to its 1930 level by 2030 Collapse will be strongly correlated with an epidemic of blackouts around the globe This warning has come from scientists for more than a century Economics in a Full World PDF By Herman E Daly American ecological economist and professor at the School of Public Policy of University of Maryland The global economy is now so large that society can no longer safely pretend it operates within a limitless ecosystem Developing an economy that can be sustained within the finite biosphere requires new ways of thinking Sustainability The State Of The Movement Robert Gilman Context Institute Gives a big picture view of the sustianability movement The Core Challenge Of Our Times Robert Gilman Context Institute If you are new to sustainability concerns it will give you a big picture overview about what these concerns are If you have been around sustainability issues for a while it will orient you to a unique approach to it An interview with Prof Calvin Jones Economics is a child of the oil age by Rob Hopkins originally published by Transition Culture Technology cannot tackle climate change Calvin Jones says Wales can lead the way in replacing economic growth with the notion of useful work Ready for Rationing Why We Should Put the Brakes on Consumption If We Want to Survive Stan Cox talks about his new book Any Way You Slice It The Past Present and Future of Rationing The Transition Movement Questions of Diversity Power and Affluence PDF This Simplicity Institute Report presents an overview literature review and critical analysis of the Transition Movement and raises important question about its politics or lack of it The 7 barriers that stand in the way of a Transition Initiative One of your first tasks individually and collectively will be to navigate the initial barriers real and imagined that stand in the way of you starting off on the transition journey We call these The Seven Buts The sower s strategy how to speed up the sustainable energy transition By Ugo Bardi University of Florence Italy In order to survive the double threat of resource depletion and climate change we need to move as quickly as possible to a sustainable society based on renewable resources This article argues that the transition can be eased if we adopt the sower s strategy Farmers as we know must keep some of the harvest for the future Applied to the world s economy the sower s strategy dictates that we use part of the energy and resources produced by means of fossil fuels to build renewable energy plants and a sustainable economy The Future of Food and Farming This report by the UK Government s Foresight project looks at the increasing pressures on the global food system between now and 2050 Titled The Future of Food and Farming it highlights the decisions that policy makers need to take today and in the years ahead to ensure that a global population rising to 9 billion or more can be fed in a fair and sustainable way Deep Future the ultimate destiny of humankind By Ugo Bardi University of Florence Italy The way we see the destiny of humankind is inextricably linked to the great pulse of carbon burning that has been ongoing for a couple of centuries

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    present and future is being conducted at the Melbourne Sustainability Society Institute at the University of Melbourne Here are links to some of their most important papers Is Global Collapse Imminent by Graham Turner Dr Turner gathered data from the UN its department of economic and social affairs Unesco the food and agriculture organisation and the UN statistics yearbook the US national oceanic and atmospheric administration the BP statistical review and elsewhere which was plotted alongside the 1972 book Limits to Growth scenarios The results show that the data is strikingly similar to the book s forecasts Other MSSI Research Papers The Ideology of the Anthropocene by Jeremy Baskin Resilience and its Discontents by Brendan Gleeson Resilience and Justice by Susan S Fainstein Coming Through Slaughter Ecology of the Urban Age by Brendan Gleeson The Economics of Oil by Samuel Alexander China s Energy Transition Effects on Global Climate and Sustainable Development by Ross Garnaut A Critique of Techno Optimism by Dr Samuel Alexander Research Fellow MSSI Post Growth Economics by Dr Samuel Alexander Research Fellow MSSI More research papers are available at the MSSI website The World 5 model Peak metals minerals energy wealth food and population Harald Ulrik Sverdrup Deniz Koca and Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir This paper shows that several metals elements and energy resources are about to run into scarcity within the next decades and most elements within some centuries A new global systems model was assembled to analyse this scarcity as a continuation of the model used in the Limits to Growth World3 model We show that this scarcity will lead to peak wealth peak population peak costs peak junk peak problems and possibly peak civilization unless some urgent measures are systematically taken throughout the world Download PDF Modeling Inequality and Use of Resources in the Collapse or Sustainability of Societies By Safa Motesharrei University of Maryland Jorge Rivas University of Minnesota Eugenia Kalnay University of Maryland There are widespread concerns that current trends in resource use are unsustainable but possibilities of overshoot collapse remain controversial Collapses have occurred frequently in history often followed by centuries of economic intellectual and population decline In this 2014 paper the authors build a human population dynamics model by adding accumulated wealth and economic inequality to a predator prey model of humans and nature Download PDF A Minimal Model for Human and Nature Interaction By Safa Motesharrei University of Maryland Jorge Rivas University of Minnesota Eugenia Kalnay University of Maryland This 2012 study sponsored by Nasa s Goddard Space Flight Center highlights the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution Download PDF Food Energy and Society By David Pimentel and Marcia H Pimentel We are faced with dwindling food supplies in certain geographic areas increasing pressure on energy resources and the imminent extinction of many threatened species Compiled by Andrew Ferguson this document contains excerpts from the third edition of the Pimentels landmark study on the interdependency of food energy water land and biological resources Since its first publication in 1979 the world s natural resources have become even more diminished due to the rapid expansion of the global human population Download PDF The Trajectory of the Anthropocene The Great Acceleration Will Steffen Wendy Broadgate Lisa Deutsch Owen Gaffney and Cornelia Ludwig Only beyond the mid 20th century is there clear evidence for fundamental shifts in the state and functioning of the Earth System that are beyond the range of variability of the Holocene and driven by human activities Thus of all the candidates for a start date for the Anthropocene the beginning of the Great Acceleration is by far the most convincing from an Earth System science perspective Download PDF Food Energy Water and the Climate A Perfect Storm of Global Events By John Beddington Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government A perfect storm of problems by 2030 will unleash public unrest and international conflict says this report by Professor John Beddington Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government Download PDF Reality Risks Response to Climate Change By American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS More than 97 of climate experts have concluded that human caused climate change is happening There may be no more pressing issue intersecting science and society than climate change and the What We Know initiative was born in response to that reality What We Know was initiated by The AAAS the world s largest non government general science membership organization Their report Reality Risks Response to Climate Change helps us understand the science behind the realities risks and response to the climate challenge Download PDF Visit their website http whatweknow aaas org Resource Stress A KPMG Report The combined pressures of population growth economic growth and climate change will place increased stress on essential natural resources including water food arable land and energy These issues will place sustainable resource management at the center of government agendas A report by global consulting firm KPMG Searching For A Miracle Net Energy Limits The Fate of Industrial Society By Richard Heinberg Post Carbon Institute Foreword by Jerry Mander A non technical examination of a basic question Can any combination of known energy sources successfully supply society s energy needs at least up to the year 2100 In the end we are left with the disturbing conclusion that all known energy sources are subject to strict limits of one kind or another Download PDF Arithmetic Population and Energy By Albert A Bartlett Professor Emeritus Department of Physics University of Colorado at Boulder This paper revisits Forgotten Fundamentals of the Energy Crisis a paper published by Prof Bartlett more than 20 years ago examines the arithmetic of steady growth such as 5 per year the doubling time for such growth and the large numbers one gets when steady growth continues over modest periods of time The examination then turns to what happens when one has steady growth in a finite environment These concepts are applied to populations and to fossil fuels such as petroleum and coal To view a video of Prof Bartlett presenting this paper visit the Videos page Download MS Word Doc The Meaning of Sustainability By Albert A Bartlett Professor Emeritus Department of Physics University of Colorado at Boulder What is Sustainability and how does Peak Oil Climate Change and population growth impact it Download PDF The Olduvai Theory Energy Population and Industrial Civilization By Richard C Duncan The Olduvai theory states that industrial civilization as defined by per capita energy production will have a lifetime of less than or equal to 100 years 1930 2030 The Olduvai Theory is defined as the ratio of world energy production and population It states that average energy production per capita will decline to its 1930 level by 2030 Collapse will be strongly correlated with an epidemic of blackouts around the globe Download PDF Boserupian Theory on Population and the Environment Relationships Catherine Marquette Conceptual thinking on population and environment within both the social and natural sciences has traditionally suffered from a long term confinement within opposing Malthusian versus Cornucopian views The work of Ester Boserup however continues to transcend the boundaries of this polarized discourse This paper reviews the main points of Boserupian theory and its relevance to developing regions in paricular to sub Saharan Africa Recent reinterpretations of Boserup s work relevant to population and environment relationships in developing countries are also considered Download PDF Avoiding Collapse An agenda for sustainable degrowth and relocalizing the economy William E Rees The overarching premise of this paper is that human induced global change represents a new context for development planning that cannot safely be ignored Global ecological and socio economic trends should now be major considerations in reframing even local planning strategies It argues that meaningful consideration of global trends would generate a whole new approach to sustainability planning at every spatial scale Download PDF A New Story for a New Economy To Find Our Human Place in a Living Universe By David Korten author and member of the Club of Rome Human beings currently organize themselves as if they are money seeking robots inhabiting a dead Earth in a dead universe This potentially fatal error explains why we are in deep trouble This essay by Korten proposes that a viable human future depends on navigating a deep cultural and institutional transformation Download PDF The Transition Handbook By Rob Hopkins pioneer of the Transition Town movement We live in an oil dependent world and have got to this level of dependency in a very short space of time using vast reserves of oil in the process without planning for when the supply is not so plentiful Most of us avoid thinking about what happens when oil runs out or becomes prohibitively expensive but The Transition Handbook shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead can have a positive outcome These changes can lead to the rebirth of local communities which will grow more of their own food generate their own power and build their own houses using local materials Download PDF Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement Report Voices and Reflections from the Field By The Post Carbon Institute The Post Carbon Institute has been at the forefront of spreading awareness about Peak Oil and exploring solutions and alternatives Their new report is an instructive look at emerging grassroots initiatives that are building alternatives to a centralised energy intensive global economy Download PDF The Essence of Permaculture By David Holmgren environmental designer ecological educator and writer best known a co originator of the permaculture concept with Bill Mollison This free e book provides a summary of the permaculture concept and principles Permaculture which originally referred to permanent agriculture is a branch of ecological design that develops self maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka s natural farming philosophy Download PDF The Simpler Way Samuel Alexander Ted Trainer and Simon Ussher One of the authors of this report Ted Trainer defines The Simpler Way as Working for transition from consumer society to a more simpler more cooperative just and ecologically sustainable society In the web page linked above Trainer provides an exhaustive set of documents arguing how environmental problems can t be solved in or by consumer capitalist society Download PDF Wendell Berry s 17 Rules For A Sustainable Local Community From a speech delivered by mad farmer author and cultural critic Wendell Berry November 11 1994 at the 23rd annual meeting of the US Northern Plains Resource Council Download MS Word doc DOCUMENTS BY ASE INDIA MEMBERS Sustainability Dynamics of Resource Use and Economic Growth A Discussion on Sustaining the Dynamic Linkages between Renewable Natural Resources and the Economic System Mihir Mathur Swati Agarwal TERI In this paper we have used System Dynamics to test three popular policy options for sustaining Economic Growth 1 Resource Efficiency 2 Resource Efficiency and Green Growth 3 Doubling of Resource Base due to technological advancement The model outcomes indicate that the above policies fail to avoid the overshoot and fall of the economy due to resource depletion but are successful in delaying it Download PDF Is Sustainable Development an Oxymoron Sagar Dhara Sustainable development today s catch phrase is an oxymoron For sustainable living we need to reduce our energy consumption by at least 40 move towards energy equity and replace today s dominant global outlook of Gain maximization for a few by Risk minimization for all Download PDF Yugant Capitalism Global Warming and Peak Oil By T Vijayendra Cerana Foundation Yugant means end of an era Two crises have come together that have endangered life on our planet and have spelt an end of the capitalist era The first is global warming and the second is peak oil Global warming since it threatens life on earth demands on moral grounds to reduce consumption of fossil fuels immediately Peak oil as we show below brings down consumption of fossil fuels Both will spell an end of capitalist era Download PDF Download MS Word Doc Regaining Paradise Towards a fossil fuel free society T Vijayendra About the need for a transition towards a fossil fuel free society CONTENTS OVERVIEW Wolf at the Door What about Alternative Forms of Energy The Vision for a Fossil Fuel Free Society Negative Entropy and Sustainability Cuba without Isms The Federal Republic of India Regional Initiative Trade Union Initiatives Urban Initiatives Rural Initiatives What can I do APPENDICES The Quaker Method A Village of the Watermills Download MS Word doc Download PDF Carbon Cimax End of HydroCarbon Legacy Mihir Mathur Watershed Organisation Trust Pune Contents overview World Oil Discoveries World s Giant Oil Fields End of HydroCarbon Legacy Indian Peak Oil Carbon Climax The Road Ahead Post Carbon Dawn Cuba Peak Oil Download PDF What is our share of energy in nature How should we distribute it Sagar Dhara Cerana Foundation Search for a roadmap to a sustainable equitable and peaceful human society Paper presented at the Indian Social Science Congress Aligarh Muslim University 27 31 December 2013 Download MS Word Doc Personal Carbon Energy Footprint Calculator The Personal Carbon Energy Footprint Calculator helps you estimate the carbon emissions and energy consumption arising out of your activities Emission factors EF in this calculator are based on Indian data Download MS Word Doc Peak Oil Impact Death of Fossil Fuelled Cities and Birth of Solar Cities of Tomorrow Sagar Dhara T Vijayendra Cities are energy consumers not producers With the fossil fuel era coming to a close within this century and no viable alternative energy source visible on the horizon cities as they exist today are unsustainable Download PDF Gain Maximization For a Few Vs Risk Minimization For All Sagar Dhara On the choice that society will have to make to survive this century Download PDF How Much Energy Can We Have Sagar Dhara This article explores the history of energy surplus its creation and distribution and attempts to answer the question of how much energy can each one of us have if we were to stay within earth s capacity to provide energy sustainably and were it distributed equitably Download PDF Transition Town Movement Compiled by T Vijayendra Community led responses to climate change and shrinking supplies of cheap energy that show the way forward Download MS Word Doc Cuba Without ISMS Road to a fossil fuel free society T Vijayendra On how Cuba faced an energy crisis and undertook a radical transformation of their society to overcome it Download PDF Global Warming in the Indian Context An Introductory Overview Nagaraj Adve Delhi Platform Download English MS Word doc Download Kannada Translation PDF Local Exchange Systems Designing Community Incentives A Discussion on Alternate Economics to Strengthen Local Economy and Facilitate Sustainable Adaptation Mihir Mathur Mithika D Cruz Watershed Organization Trust Pune The paper positions Localisation and Local Economics as one of the systemic and strategic response mechanisms towards multiple threats of climate change peak oil resources and risks of economic globalization Download PDF Requiem For Our Times T Vijayendra Like those in his earlier book The Losers Shall Inherit the World these articles too were first published in Frontier and deal with current socio economic cultural issues of a diverse range of topics These include Sanskrit Hinduism Bhimsen Joshi Education Manifesto Euthanasia Small States Population Cities Peak Oil and the Politics of Non Violence There are also two small articles dealing with the Passion Christ s suffering at the Cross and the concept of Liberation Download PDF Our Land Our Life An educational programme for the children of farming communities in India Nyla Coelho Our Land Our Life is the curriculum framework for an educational programme for children with specific emphasis on farming and farm related activities It s design provides a hands on approach to learning both academic and farm related topics The document was prepared by the Organic Farming Association of India Taleemnet and the Natural Farming Institute with other collaborators to serve the needs of the rural and the farming communities of India Although the emphasis is on the above others too specially home schooling children and alternative schools will find the document useful The programme is the outcome of a yearlong research based on inputs from pioneer educators organic farmers and academicians from across the country Download PDF Tending a Schoolyard Garden Nyla Coelho Tending a Schoolyard Garden is a teacher handbook that attempts to plant the idea of growing a edible schoolyard garden in the minds of educators Written in an easy to follow style with step by step instructions and plenty of illustrations it offers teachers the necessary wherewithal as well as the confidence that this is doable This book is the outcome of field tests of the Our Land Our Life curriculum see above For print copies of Our Land Our Life and Tending a Schoolyard Garden write to il ns li ma c MISCELLANEOUS India Energy Index A comprehensive energy index for India by Ashok Sreenivas and Rakesh K Iyer of Prayas Energy Group Pune A comprehensive energy sector assessment index for an assessment of India s energy sector by considering not only energy demand and supply but also the relationship and impacts of the energy sector on society environment and the economy Download PDF Workshop Report Workshop Is Sustainable Development an Oxymoron Search for Alternatives Report on the June 2013 workshop that led to the formation of the Resilience India group Held at Deccan Trails Manneguda near Hyderabad it was organised by Sagar Dhara and T Vijayendra of Cerana Foundation Hyderabad in association with Indian Youth Climate Network Hyderabad Urban Labs Save Our Urban Lakes and National Alliance for People s Movements This report prepared by Sagar Dhara includes workshop agenda participants lectures and practical exercises Download PDF Some notes on the ecological crisis in India Shashank Kela originally published on Kafila org The ecological crisis is a global one created by a mode of production incubated by capitalism

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