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  • Digests & Special Features – Ecologise
    leaving the cities to live closer to nature Interestingly the Russian government actively supports it Continue Reading 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 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 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 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 A R Vasavi The bitter reality behind the pro farmer budget Written by Contributor Mar 5 2016 0 Comments Over the past three decades average income of the farmer has increased by only 19 while that of the government employee has by 370 and that of the corporate sector by more than a thousand per cent Hidden in the rhetoric of being pro farmer and pro poor are the continued logic of being pro investor and pro business Continue Reading Budget Analysis Don t believe the hype farmers have been short changed again Written by Contributor Mar 2 2016 0 Comments Devinder Sharma writes Jaitley wants the farmers to wait five years for their income to rise to 3 332 rupees a month I can imagine the Economic Survey presented in 2022 proudly stating the success But the reality is by 2022 adjusting for inflation the doubled income would be equivalent to what a farmer makes now Continue Reading Make Or Break In India Down to Earth special issue ahead of the Union Budget Written

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  • Displacement & Conflict – Ecologise
    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 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 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 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 Chhattisgarh A War without witnesses in the making Written by Contributor Feb 26 2016 0 Comments Sreekumar Kodiyath writes The final phase of the Sri Lankan Government s war with the LTTE in 2009 saw a systematic program to make the affair a private one by expelling reporters and human rights activists from the war zone Those who stubbornly remained either disappeared or were detained The army called it a War without witnesses Continue Reading NEWS UPDATE 84 Written by Ecologise Feb 24 2016 0 Comments January was the globe s most unusually warm month ever recorded and the past three months have been the most unusually warm three month period on record as well according to NASA It is the combination of manmade global warming and a record strong El Niño that s bumped up temperatures to never before seen levels since at least 1880 Continue Reading Arms Agribusiness Finance and Fossil Fuels The Four Horsemen of the Neoliberal Apocalypse Written by Contributor Feb 16 2016 0 Comments Colin Todhunter writes There is a notion that we can just continue as we are with an endless supply of oil endless supplies of meat and endless assault on soil human and environmental well being that intensive

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  • Ecocide – Ecologise
    on solid foundations it s more that apparently scared people are not particularly effective at mobilising Continue Reading 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 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 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 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 Marine parks in India a case for maritime environmentalism Written by Contributor Feb 22 2016 0 Comments Aarti Sridhar writes It is in the ordinary everyday life of fishers and in the political strategies of their leaders that one finds the outlines of a new kind of environmentalism which s fluid and defies water tight categorisations This ethic suggests that it is futile to remain wholly preservationist or utilitarian or entirely biocentric or anthropocentric Continue Reading The world s forests will collapse if we don t learn to say no Written by Contributor Feb 15 2016 0 Comments An alarming new study has shown that the world s forests are not only disappearing rapidly but areas of core forest are vanishing even faster A tsunami of new roads dams power lines pipelines and other infrastructure is rapidly slicing into the world s last wild places opening them up to fragmentation poaching and other destructive activities Continue Reading Charles Eisenstein Climate Change grief and carbon reductionism Written by Contributor Feb

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  • Ecologise Events – Ecologise
    an Ecologise Camp participant Written by Contributor Feb 3 2016 0 Comments Venetia Ansell writes The camp is a great opportunity to meet people who are trying to make the transition from urban to rural or at least high impact to low impact lifestyles to find inspiration role models ideas and perhaps answers to those questions and challenges that well meaning conventional thinking relatives and friends keep hurling at you Continue Reading Announcing Ecologise Camp 3 at Sirsi Karnataka Written by Ecologise Nov 30 2015 0 Comments Dates January 23 25 2016 Venue No Man s Land Farm Danandi Village Sirsi Taluk Uttara Kannada Dist Karnataka Host George Varghese 91 9481278348 When the last tree has been cut down the last fish caught the last river poisoned only then will we realize that one cannot eat money Native American saying We now live in Continue Reading Announcing Ecologise Camp 2 Dharwad Nov 14 Written by Ecologise Nov 5 2015 0 Comments Date November 14 15 2015 Venue Suman Sangam A forest farm village Daddi Kamalapur Dharwad Panaji Goa highway Dharwad Karnataka India Host Dr Sanjeev Kulkarni Note Registrations are closed for this Camp If you want to register for the next one contact the organisers named below Ecologise Camp The Ecologise Camp is a programme through which those living Continue Reading Report on Ecologise Camp 1 Written by Shreekumar Aug 31 2015 1 Comment Letter from Shreekumar of Sangatya Commune who hosted the first Ecologise Camp We had a good beginning to the Ecologise programme with the first orientation camp held at Sangatya Commune Nakre Karkala First Ecologise Camp at Nakre near Udupi Karnataka Written by Ecologise Jul 28 2015 0 Comments The Ecologise Camp is a programme through which those living in cities can explore living in an ecologically more sensitive and sustainable manner Specifically it is a programme involving stay and work on an organic farm for varying periods as a volunteer The programme will be preceded by a weekend orientation workshop during which the Continue Reading Bangalore meeting with Naresh of Transition Town Totnes Written by Ecologise Feb 24 2015 0 Comments Transition Towns is a world wide living experiment in how to shift our current system of unequal growth based consumption to one where all are living well in times of change and within our planetary boundaries The transition movement now has many examples of how local small scale change can influence social and political systems Naresh Giangrande co founder of Continue Reading Living in a World with Limited Resources Sirsi Feb 21 Written by Ecologise Feb 2 2015 0 Comments Date 21 Feb 2015 Time 3 00pm 6 00pm Venue A V Hall Don Bosco High School Sirsi Speakers Mansoor Khan and Sagar Dhara Growth is considered to be the fundamental characteristic of any healthy economic system This growth is fuelled by the easy availability of fossil fuel which is a limited natural resource formed over millions of years We have now reached a stage

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  • ECONOMY – Ecologise
    people understand dissipative systems and very few understand how an economy operates The combination leads to an awfully lot of false beliefs about the energy needs of an economy Continue Reading Connecting the rise of Donald Trump with global resource depletion Written by Contributor Apr 23 2016 0 Comments Ugo Bardi writes Something like Trump was unavoidable He is best defined as the visible effect of the ongoing social phase transition A symptom of the ongoing breakdown of the social pact in the West A discrete change in our path in the direction of collapse in turn precipitated by depletion of resources especially energy Continue Reading Reform is not enough to stem the rising tide of inequality worldwide Written by Contributor Apr 21 2016 0 Comments William Robinson writes The celebrated economist Thomas Piketty has argued for a global tax on capital and redistribution through tax reform This reformist approach to global inequality is entirely inadequate because it bypasses the questions of power and of corporate control over the planet s productive resources that are at the very heart of global capitalism and its crisis Continue Reading 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 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 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 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 Cars Capitalism and India Written by Contributor Apr 12 2016 0 Comments Vidhyadhar Date writes A

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  • Education & Awareness – Ecologise
    resolve conflicts as they arise It can only operate if we personally know every other person This limits the maximum size of the community to Dunbar s Number around 150 individuals Continue Reading Gail Tverberg The Physics of Energy and the Economy Written by Contributor Apr 24 2016 1 Comment The physics of energy and the economy evokes some trepidation An economy seems to be a dissipative system but what does this really mean Not many people understand dissipative systems and very few understand how an economy operates The combination leads to an awfully lot of false beliefs about the energy needs of an economy Continue Reading Bookshelf Farmageddon The True Cost of Cheap Meat Written by Contributor Apr 22 2016 0 Comments Martin Simpson writes It is impossible to read Farmageddon without coming to the conclusion that the world s food and agriculture system is screwed This is a system that produces enormous quantities of food yet wastes up to a third of it What it also produces is environmental disaster ill health in humans and stressful and unhealthy animals Continue Reading Everything you know about Artificial Intelligence is wrong Written by Contributor Apr 21 2016 0 Comments George Dvorsky writes Last year SpaceX co founder Elon Musk warned that Artificial Intelligence could take over the world The day when machines become smarter than humans has never appeared closer yet we seem no closer in grasping the implications of this epochal event Indeed we are clinging to some serious and even dangerous misconceptions about artificial intelligence Continue Reading Bookshelf The Politics of Nature by Bruno Latour Written by Contributor Apr 19 2016 0 Comments Kurt Cobb writes Latour understands that the natural world which politics has always held at arm s length while nevertheless dealing daily with nature s demands must now explicitly invite that natural world to the bargaining table This is not about being a nature lover who only cares about animals and plants but not about humans Continue Reading 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 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 Study Climate change takes from the poor gives to the rich Written by Contributor Apr 17 2016 0 Comments

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  • ENERGY – Ecologise
    the social pact in the West A discrete change in our path in the direction of collapse in turn precipitated by depletion of resources especially energy Continue Reading 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 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 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 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 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 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 Video Report How renewable energy

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  • Finance & Debt – Ecologise
    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 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 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 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 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 NEWS UPDATE 85 Written by Ecologise Mar 3 2016 0 Comments Sukumar Muralidharan reports on Catch News This year s economic survey is a catalogue of crises For one thing it records that the situation in agriculture has been dismal on account of two successive years of poor monsoons This is only the fourth time in 115 years that such a misfortune has hit the Indian economy Continue Reading Has the crash of the global financial markets begun Written by Contributor Mar 1 2016 0 Comments T Sabri Öncü writes Some insist that the global economy is in secular stagnation but the facts suggest we may be entering the worst depression in history Global markets have been on a slippery slope since 2007 and things have only been getting worse The picture looks dismal no matter which theoretical lens one uses Continue Reading Make Or Break In India Down to Earth special issue ahead of the

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