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  • Paper: Sustainability Dynamics of Resource Use and Economic Growth – Ecologise
    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 Food at Palampur Himachal Pradesh Workshop on eating responsibly sharing strategies and tools for doing so 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 18th May 2016 22nd May 2016 Two short courses on Development at Azim Premji University Bangalore Designed for professionals working in various domains of development 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 24th May 2016 3rd June 2016 View All Events Special Features Paper Sustainability Dynamics of Resource Use and Economic Growth Written by Mihir Mathur Sep 7 2015 0 Comments 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 Abstract All economies of the world depend upon the use of renewable natural resources for their growth This relationship inherently reflects that continued increase in extraction of resources is a must to sustain economic growth Inevitably a tipping point is reached from where the regeneration rates of the resources diminish due to depletion of the resource stock The resource production peaks and declines which lead to a delayed feedback on the economy ultimately restricting its ability to grow and sustain its level of output This discussion paper demonstrates with the help of system dynamics

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  • Ideas, inspiration and ducks: Letter from an Ecologise Camp participant – Ecologise
    new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window 24th May 2016 3rd June 2016 View All Events Special Features At the duck pond on the campsite even better than YouTube Venetia Ansell Ideas inspiration and ducks Letter from 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 Venetia Ansell Svarga On Earth We learnt so much this weekend at the Ecologise camp that electric cars are more polluting than regular ones that opening up borders could dramatically decrease energy consumption that human excreta once composted can be used to grow your vegetables that waste is a resource in the wrong place that a handful of children can get through a boot load of watermelon in a matter of hours George s and Susheela s house at twilight I was in and out of the workshop sessions as were other parents with small children of which there were many along with the cows chickens ducks dogs and cats so won t attempt to summarise the many important discussions Instead here are some of the ideas we were introduced to that have really charged us up Sagar Dhara a scholar of energetics who has written many research papers on the topic talked about civilisational collapse Britain and America industrialised and urbanised so rapidly in part because they could depend upon their colonies to provide the resources they needed India seems to be on a similar trajectory in terms of urbanisation and industrialisation but it is simply not possible he says Predatory cities require more than rural India can provide Cities will run out of the food water and fossil fuels that they need to survive but don t themselves produce and implode leading to a mass exodus for those that have the resources to get out and starvation for those that can t If this sounds apocalyptic and far too distant to be worried about peak oil is a better known phenomenon with a clear analogy in Cuba s Special Period In 1989 Russia stopped all supplies of fossil fuels fertilisers and other essential imports to Cuba With no food available to buy and no chemicals to farm with Cubans had no choice but to turn to small scale organic farming assisted by the government And with no petrol or diesel people were forced to cycle or walk everywhere And so on It is this kind of sudden forced change we are looking at if we don t start to decrease our energy use today or power down as it is called Who needs a slide when you have

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  • Time to stop talking about climate change? – Ecologise
    start from where people NOW are with a shared but hazy sense of how unsustainable the dominant global culture is and which most of us are suppressing and holding at arm s length because it is just too big to allow into our daily lives rather than where people WERE when Transition started which was arguably unaware The task is to stand side by side with people and ask questions with them not in front of us with a confrontation we have already decided to run away from It s a rich insight one I have been digesting for the last few weeks He encapsulates it thus For him Transition would benefit from redefining itself as a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world At the moment the flow of how we present Transition tends to run like this There are some huge problems out there But don t panic We can respond Here s how you can be part of it The Transition Story project shifts that suggesting that instead the story we tell now flows like this A movement is building Here are the things all the different people are doing in their communities It s rooted in caring for ourselves each other and the living world This shows a different future is possible when we come together Optional This is why it s needed Here s how you can be part of it It s worth sitting with for a while and allowing to settle in It certainly has led to lots of rearranging of grey matter for me over the past while It s a shift that Sarah McAdam and myself presented at a workshop at the 2015 Transition Network International Conference a video of which we ll be posting here soon Over recent weeks I have given a number of talks such as this one at the International Permaculture Conference where I have presented and embodied this idea that we don t need to always start talking about Transition with a long list of reasons and graphs that show the disastrous state of the world We start by saying that we do Transition because it s bloody fantastic and it changes peoples lives and it meets our needs far better than the current economic model does That s enough As Cheryl Lyon of Transition Town Peterborough puts it in 21 Stories of Transition we don t want the catastrophe to do the work for us When I start talks in this way it invariably generates a round of applause We have so much to celebrate so let s celebrate it But do most people know there needs to be change Alexander s observation resonated with something Sarah Woods said at the end of the interview I did with her that we published a couple of months back All the people who are not for whatever reason motivated by climate change they re good people they care they re people who do

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  • Something extraordinary is happening, and most of us haven’t noticed – Ecologise
    working with big corporations can t stand their jobs The lack of purpose knocks on your door as if it came from inside you like a yell of despair People want out They want to drop everything Take a look on how many people are willing to risk entrepreneurship people leaving on sabbaticals people with work related depression people in burnout 2 The entrepreneurship model is also changing Over the past few years with the explosion of startups thousands of entrepreneurs turned their garages in offices to bring their billion dollar ideas to life The vortex of entrepreneurship was to find an investor and get funded To be funded was like winning the World Cup or the Super Bowl But what happens after you get funded You get back to being an employee You may have brought in people not sharing your dream not in agreement with your purpose and soon it s all about the money The financial end becomes the main driver of your business People are suffering with it Excellent startups began to tumble because the money seeking model is endless A new way to endeavor is needed Good people are doing it already 3 The rise of collaboration Many people have figured out that it doesn t make any sense to go on by yourself Many people have awakened from the each man for himself mad mentality Stop take a step back and think Isn t it absurd that we 7 billion of us living in the same planet have grown further apart from each other What sense does it make to turn your back on the thousands maybe millions of people living around you in the same city Every time it crosses my mind I feel blue Fortunately things are changing Sharing collaborative economy concepts are being implemented and it points towards a new direction The direction of collaborating of sharing of helping of togetherness This is beautiful to watch It touches me 4 We are finally figuring out what the internet is The internet is an incredibly spectacular thing and only now after so many years we are understanding its power With the internet the world is opened the barriers fall the separation ends the togetherness starts the collaboration explodes the helping emerges Some nations saw true revolutions that used the internet as the primary catalyst such as the Arab Spring Here in Brazil we are just starting to make a better use out of this amazing tool Internet is taking down mass control The big media groups controlling news by how it suits best what they want the message to be and what they want us to read are no longer the sole owners of information You go after what you want You bond to whomever you want You explore whatever you may want to With the advent of the internet the small is no longer speechless there is a voice The anonymous become acknowledged The world comes together And then the system

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  • Charles Eisenstein: What We Do to Nature, We Do to Ourselves – Ecologise
    think there are deep problems with the standard climate change narrative which has equated green with carbon reduction One obvious problem with that is that horrible things can be justified with CO2 arguments or tolerated because they have little obvious impact on CO2 This ersatz green argument has been applied to fracking nuclear power big hydro GMOs and the conversation of forests into wood chips for biofuel Now you might say these are specious arguments that depend on faulty carbon accounting is nuclear power really that carbon friendly when you account for the immense amount of energy needed to mine the uranium refine the uranium procure the cement contain the waste etc but I am afraid there is a deeper problem It is that when we base policy on a global metric i e by the numbers then the numbers are always subject to manipulation by those with the power to do so Data can be manipulated factors can be ignored and projections can be skewed toward optimistic best case scenarios This is an inherent problem with basing policy on a metric like tons of CO2 or GGEs greenhouse gas equivalents Secondly by focusing on a measurable quantity we devalue that which we cannot measure or choose not to measure Such issues such as mining biodiversity toxic pollution ecosystem disruption etc recede in urgency because after all unlike global levels of CO2 they do not pose an existential threat Certainly one can make carbon based arguments on all these issues but to do so is to step onto dangerous ground Imagine that you are trying to stop a strip mine by citing the fuel use of the equipment and the lost carbon sink of the forest that needs to be cleared and the mining company says OK we re going to do this in the most green way possible we are going to fuel our bulldozers with biofuels run our computers on solar power and plant two trees for every tree we chop down You get into a tangle of arithmetic none of which touches the real reason you want to stop the mine because you love that mountaintop that forest those waters that would be poisoned I am certain we will not save our planet or at least the ecological basis of civilization by merely being more clever in our deployment of Earth s resources We will not escape this crisis so long as we see the planet and everything on it as instruments of our utility The present climate change narrative veers too close to instrumental utilitarian logic that we should value the earth because of what will happen to us if we don t Where did we develop the habit of making choices based on maximizing or minimizing a number We got it from the money world We are seeking to apply our numbers games to a new target CO2 rather than dollars I don t think that is a deep enough revolution We need a revolution

    Original URL path: http://www.ecologise.in/2015/12/17/what-we-do-to-nature-we-do-to-ourselves/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Why have we failed to address climate change? – Ecologise
    was still possible to be a Republican leader and to express concern about global warming as demonstrated by both the leader of the House Newt Gingrich and the Republican presidential candidate John McCain By 2010 that was no longer so Two events had altered the political landscape First on the eve of the Copenhagen climate change conference in December 2009 the denialist movement had conjured a global scandal by hacking into a University of East Anglia server and then publishing innocent but apparently incriminating sentences selected from a thousand email exchanges between several of the world s leading climate scientists Second by the time the vital Copenhagen conference concluded it was clear to almost everyone that international climate change diplomacy had reached a state of gridlock In response to these events and as part of its rightward Tea Party drift the Republicans had metamorphosed into the world s first major and unambiguous climate change denialist political party A study conducted for Think Progress discovered that all but one of the 50 or so Republican contenders for the 2010 Senate elections were opposed to climate action Climate change denial had by now become as clear a litmus test of loyalty to the Republican Party as abortion Obama care or gun control This is still the case as the present grotesque contest for the Republican presidential nomination all too plainly reveals Without the climate denialist counter movement s brilliant success in polarising American public opinion this kind of Republican Party political transformation would not have been possible Dan Kahan s theory of cultural cognition offers the most persuasive and sophisticated explanation for it How Kahan asks can we explain the uniformity of the opinions of Americans on a variety of logically altogether unconnected issues Why is it so easy to predict that those who believe in the right of gun ownership will also oppose abortion and deny human caused climate change Drawing on the work of Mary Douglas and Aaron Wildavsky Kahan argues that Americans adhere to one or another world view either hierarchical individualism or communitarian egalitarianism He claims that this binary division is more universal more instinctive more deeply rooted than either political ideology conservative liberal or party affiliation Republican Democrat and a more accurate predictor of opinion than gender age class or education In the US when there is no cultural battle over scientific questions the authority of science is accepted When however there is contention and in particular alternative evaluations of risk citizens understand that they are in no position to arrive at their own assessments independently What individualists and communitarians do is turn to the experts or the political leaders or the commentators who according to their world views they have come to trust The theory of cultural cognition shows how crucial it has been for the denialist movement to concoct the duelling scientists narrative and to build the climate science Potemkin village Among other things hierarchical individualists do not criticise the ideas of capitalist enterprise and material progress The denialist movement provides them with the culturally compatible scientific experts politicians and commentators to help keep their world view intact Kahan does not even regard the process of cultural cognition as straightforwardly irrational Given that individuals understand that they cannot influence the outcomes of issues as large as climate change it is rational for them to choose a more comfortable life by conforming to the opinions of their peers for an oil refinery worker from Oklahoma to be a climate change sceptic and an English professor from New York a climate change true believer Unfortunately for society s wellbeing climate change denialism maintained by the process of cultural cognition by paralysing necessary action is entirely irrational for the collectivity as a whole Echoing Garrett Hardin Kahan calls this particular study The Tragedy of the Risk perception Commons President Barack Obama has achieved about as much through regulation and the US Environmental Protection Agency as is possible in the face of a hostile Congress However while one of the parties in the US remains in denial the indispensable nation cannot provide the reliable long term leadership that is required for comprehensive international climate change action Accordingly Kahan s tragedy is the world s There are now several outstanding books exploring the relationship between individual psychology and climate change The most brilliant and penetrating is Clive Hamilton s Requiem for a Species published in 2010 In addition there are scores of sophisticated and ingenious empirical experiments Although most have been conducted in the US several surveys of international opinion suggest that the levels of concern about global warming do not vary greatly across the developed world For this reason the American psychological studies almost certainly reveal more general patterns of individual resistance to climate change in wealthy nations In these studies climate change is invariably a minor concern not only compared to the economy or health care but also compared to other environmental problems like water or air pollution When 20 issues of concern are presented to Americans climate change almost always ranks at the bottom Many studies that seek to understand society s indifference or inertia have shown the falsity of what remains the most common explanation the information deficit model Statistically speaking both self reported and genuine understanding of the climate change problem correlate negatively with the degree of personal concern individuals express In one study conservative white males who claimed scientific understanding were more than three times less likely to believe in the dangers of climate change than other people Given that they are the beneficiaries of the status quo their greater hostility to climate science than all other social groups was founded on the psychological tendency known as system justification Another study discovered that it is a myth that conservatives are generally hostile to science Conservatives were only hostile to Allan Schnaiberg s impact science those disciplines concerning the environment and health They were on balance more trusting than liberals of his other category production science those disciplines linked to capitalist enterprise and material progress This is not to say that studies find impressive levels of understanding Frequently climate change was confused with the hole in the ozone layer One study revealed that fewer than 10 of people realise that more than 90 of relevantly qualified scientists believe in human caused global warming Several studies reveal that the choice of language helps determine the level of concern Conservatives are significantly less resistant to acknowledging there is a problem when the talk is of climate change rather than global warming Because many studies have found the level of visceral response to the problem to be low communicative calmness is implicitly or explicitly recommended One concluded that people are repelled by climate change messages that seem to them apocalyptic Presenting the issue in this way interfered with their desire to live in a world that is just orderly and stable Another discovered that people were increasingly irritated by claims they regarded as alarmist Such findings suggest a serious political problem How can governments hope to convince citizens of the need for revolutionary economic transformation in a voice of studied or confected moderation Many studies also emphasise the importance of framing One suggested a problem with using the frame of care as this was the kind of narrative conservatives rejected Another found that climate change warnings were more effective if framed as public health concerns rather than as national security ones Liberals the authors speculated were repelled by what they thought of as a conservative cause conservatives were repelled by the intrusion of a left wing issue onto the cause they held most dear These psychological studies use statistical methods with individual mainly American subjects Meanwhile Kari Marie Norgaard s Living in Denial an investigation of the psychological sources of resistance to confronting the question of climate change is based on one year s close observation of a single Norwegian town at a time of baffling weather patterns Hers is a study not of individuals but of the interface of individual and society or what she calls the social organisation of denial Norgaard found that while the townspeople denied neither the reality nor the gravity of climate change it played little role in their daily life Climate change was rarely discussed When it was it proved to be a conversation stopper The townspeople thought it an inappropriate topic for the education of their children They felt the need to protect themselves from its reality for if confronted it filled them with a sense of helplessness dread and personal guilt They shielded behind their image of Norway as a small country incapable of making much difference one way or another their pride in Norway as an environmentally responsible nation and their oft expressed anger at the climate change recklessness of George W Bush s Amerika Norgaard s study is interesting in part because it suggests that psychological denial offers a more general clue to the puzzle of humankind s incapacity to rise to the challenge of climate change than the kind of political denialism found more or less exclusively in the US the United Kingdom Canada and Australia Even more it is interesting because of her observation that climate change undermined the townspeople s sense of ontological security their vital need for confidence in the continuity of their community s life George Marshall is like Norgaard a climate change participant observer In his Don t Even Think About It he also notes how often the topic rapidly changes if climate change is raised in polite conversation But he goes further than Norgaard Marshall tells us that if he was able to engage people in conversation about climate change rather frequently it led to discussions about death an even more taboo topic In his great encyclical Laudato Si Pope Francis recently expressed most succinctly the kind of ontological insecurity aroused by recognition of the climate change crisis humankind s fearfulness about the continuity of our life on Earth Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain Climate change is a fully global problem If the challenge is to be met principal responsibility inevitably rests not with individuals or communities or even nation states but with the practices and institutions of international society So far to judge by results there has been almost total failure When climate change became a central question of international diplomacy in the late 1980s the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was approximately 350 parts per million Today it is more than 400 How have international relations scholars explained this failure The most cogent critique comes from the realists Gwyn Prins and Steve Rayner in a paper they published in 2007 called The Wrong Trousers and David Victor in his 2011 book Global Warming Gridlock Their analysis goes like this A few years before climate change was recognised as a critical problem scientists had identified a hole in the ozone layer produced by chlorofluorocarbons CFCs industrial chemicals found in refrigerators air conditioners and other common products Environmental diplomacy which culminated in the Montreal Protocol of 1987 proved remarkably successful in removing CFCs from manufacturing industry The process that largely succeeded in the case of the ban on CFCs was almost mechanically adopted when international diplomats turned their minds to the problem of global warming a few months later in Toronto As with tackling the problem of the hole in the ozone layer international negotiations took place under the authority of the United Nations with the conference decisions requiring the agreement of all nations As with ozone diplomacy these often painfully difficult negotiations succeeded in producing an international scientific body the IPCC and a framework convention As with ozone diplomacy the negotiations led to the adoption of a so called protocol As with the Montreal Protocol the Kyoto Protocol of 1997 distinguished between the responsibilities of developed and developing countries As with the Montreal Protocol Kyoto established targets and timetables in this case for the reduction of carbon emissions in the industrialised countries As with the Montreal Protocol Kyoto was a legally binding but non enforceable treaty that would come into force after ratification by most industrialised countries As with the Montreal Protocol it provided a means in this case the Clean Development Mechanism by which funds could be transferred to the developing countries to help them reduce their carbon emissions Prins Rayner and Victor argue that using the Montreal Protocol as the model for tackling carbon emissions a more difficult problem by several orders of magnitude was a tragic mistake The Montreal Protocol dealt with a relatively modest problem with a relatively simple solution involving a manufacturing process conducted in a small number of countries by a small number of corporations regarding chemicals for which economically almost painless alternatives were soon discovered The Kyoto Protocol dealt with a problem of baffling complexity involving every nation and corporation on Earth regarding the source of energy for almost all economic activity without which one of the greatest transformations in human history the global industrial revolution would have been unthinkable In a world of fierce economic competition where nations were driven by self interest and where the problem of the free rider was inevitable targets and timetables were unrealistic guaranteeing at best hopelessly inadequate cuts in emissions A process that effectively required international unanimity was certain to produce lowest common denominator results giving fossil fuel producing nations like Saudi Arabia and Russia ample scope to block progress and make mischief The creation of a legally binding treaty precluded the flexibility that national economies needed However by creating a legally binding treaty without enforcement provisions agreements could be dishonoured almost without cost Without a far more effective regulatory regime the most popular Kyoto instrument the Clean Development Mechanism could be easily corrupted As it turned out it was China and India the countries where emissions were growing fastest were excused from any sacrifice In turn this ensured the non involvement of the US the greatest world emitter at that time Kyoto did not reduce emissions Its successor the Copenhagen climate change conference of 2009 produced nothing but unfulfillable commitments like limiting the post industrial temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius and improbable promises like the offer of US 100 billion in annual grants to the developing world by 2020 What is the alternative to Kyoto David Victor points out that only a small number of nations are vital to the research and development that will create the renewable energy technologies and that there are only a relatively small number of nations responsible for the overwhelming proportion of greenhouse gas emissions He argues that what should be created instead of a legally binding but non enforceable United Nations treaty is a club of significant climate change nations providing benefits to members and imposing trade based penalties on those nations free riding on the emissions reductions of others There are strengths but also obvious difficulties with his proposal Victor s models for the club are the World Trade Organization and the European Union While Victor argues that nation states established both these clubs through self interest not altruism in the case of global warming it is hard to see what kinds of short term or narrow self interest would be served by the establishment of the climate club Moreover while the spirit of Victor s thought is realist his solution is utopian requiring the conversion of the international community to an entirely new way of thinking In addition as he admits it is based on slow institution building and incremental change However if the physics and the chemistry of climate change have made anything clear it is that time is the one luxury we do not have In the name of realism Victor advocates incremental reform If the hope is to protect a human and species friendly planet incremental reform is entirely unrealistic In recent years there have been various suggestions for an alternative international climate change architecture Todd Stern of the Center for American Progress now special envoy for climate change at the US Department of State and William Antholis of the Brookings Institution advocated the establishment of a climate association called the E8 which would include a small group of key developing and developed countries Moisés Naím then the editor of Foreign Policy argued for minilateralism in the form of a new 20 nation climate change institution William Nordhaus president of the American Economic Association recently supported Victor s idea of the climate club None of these ideas has any significant following at present or any obvious prospect of success What the international community has in fact now settled for is a system of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions INDCs These voluntary emissions reduction timetables and targets are neither legally binding nor enforceable and are subject to periodic review INDCs are in essence the system of pledge and review proposed by Japan before the creation of the Kyoto Protocol At the time of the Paris climate change conference humanity s hopes now rest on an international treaty idea more realistic but less ambitious than Kyoto first floated a quarter century ago Several political economists have offered a different explanation for our collective failure to rise to the challenge of climate change This argument which Naomi Klein has christened bad timing divides the history of the advanced capitalist economies into two distinct postwar periods The first from 1945 to the mid 1970s dominated by the thought of John Maynard Keynes was characterised by acceptance of the mixed economy of public and private ownership a recognition of the need for government economic intervention and regulation state investment in designated industries relatively high levels of taxation and scepticism about the consequence of untrammelled market forces The second since the late 1970s dominated by the thought of Friedrich Hayek and the Chicago school is characterised by a belief in the superior efficiency of privately owned enterprise disbelief in government intervention and

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  • Announcing Ecologise Camp 3 at Sirsi, Karnataka – Ecologise
    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 is contaminated with chemicals the air we breathe is polluted the water we drink is becoming more scarce and more polluted 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 all other spheres 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 lights from incandescent recycling waste using solar energy buying organic produce etc have now 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 A possible way out of this is to take time to pause and think through some of 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 issues 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 Camp Ecologise Camps are programmes through which people can explore living in an ecologically more sensitive and sustainable manner This Ecologise Camp attempts to create awareness about the converging crises We will gain some understanding of the magnitude of the problems that the planet faces Together we will explore changes that we can

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  • Announcing Ecologise Camp 2, Dharwad, Nov 14 – Ecologise
    eating responsibly sharing strategies and tools for doing so 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 18th May 2016 22nd May 2016 Two short courses on Development at Azim Premji University Bangalore Designed for professionals working in various domains of development 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 24th May 2016 3rd June 2016 View All Events Special Features 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 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 participant may decide which farm they wish to work on and for how long The duration will vary according to the needs and land cycles of each farm There will be a few break periods during which participants can go home or travel It is possible that participants may not be in a position to commit for a longer period They can still attend the orientation workshop The Camp will also introduce the volunteer to practices one can incorporate in one s life to live a more healthy and a less resource intensive lifestyle During the programme the participants on an average will be involved for 4 hours of manual work per day They will have access to books and some relevant films and videos It is expected however that on the whole they will spend less time on phones mobiles and Internet than they have been used to in their city life Also connectivity is not very good on most farms Be prepared for digital detoxification The programme does not offer fellowships nor does it expect participants to pay for their learning or stay Any specific cash expenditure during the programme will be collectively met by the principle of pay according to your ability to pay However they will be expected to look after their own self maintenance needs such as cleaning laundry medical needs etc during their stay The food arrangement will have to be worked out with each host farm in terms of task sharing expenses etc Mentoring Mentoring will be available both at the farm level as well as during the orientation workshop On the farms individuals who live on the farm will act as

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