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  • News update – Ecologise
    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 News update Written by Ecologise Oct 7 2014 0 Comments Ebola Uncharted territory for a system in overshoot Mary Odum Prosperouswaydown com We are in uncharted territory with the Ebola virus disease EVD This pandemic signifies a turning point for society in response to peak oil highlighting the problem of globalization for a planet of 7 billion people We have lost control of a deadly outbreak and our responses to its exponential growth are linear at best ensuring that this plague will most likely spread further Peak Oil Are We In The Eye Of The Storm Oilprice com A temporary surge in what was heretofore a little known source of oil in the U S is masking the larger story of what is taking place in the global oil situation The simple answer is that except for the U S shale oil surge almost no increase in oil production is taking place around the world WSJ Gets It Wrong Why Peak Oil Predictions Haven t Come True Gail Tverberg On September 29 the Wall Street Journa l WSJ published a story called Why Peak Oil Predictions Haven t Come True The story is written as if there are only two possible outcomes 1 The Peak Oil version of what to expect from oil limits is correct or 2 Diminishing Returns can and are being put off by technological progress the view of the WSJ It seems to me though that a third outcome is not only possible but is what is actually happening Here s another refutation of the WSJ article by Kevin Drum writing in Mother Jones Peak Oil Is All About Cheap Oil Why the People s Climate March Fails As a Strategy Zaid Hassan Caravan Magazine The People s Climate March was organized in cooperation with the New York Police who formally issued a permit for it It had pre arranged start and end

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  • Old Age and Peak Oil – Ecologise
    population The twenty first century may see a dramatic rise in old age if present trends continue It can be as high as one in three people Today the so called developed countries are experiencing it In India it is still below 10 per cent but even here the growth of the elderly population has been higher than that of the general population OLD AGE CARE Historically old people were cared for within the family With the increase in their number and increase in wage employment more and more old people are getting care through old age homes The funding for this comes from the welfare state charities and the pension of the old people themselves However these homes of which there are not enough to take care of all the old people suffer from many defects To begin with they are often inadequately furnished or maintained and lack adequate funds Also because old people are vulnerable they are often exploited by the owners of these homes or the individuals who run them and the medical industrial complex Today the burden of the care of the elderly on the government is so big that it often exceeds the pay check of the working people In Kerala for instance the pension of government employees is more than the current wages of the employees As a result today s governments desperately want to get out of it Elsewhere we come across fictional accounts where the state has made euthanasia above 70 liberal and is actively promoting it and offering incentives In Japan in one fiction there is compulsory euthanasia above 70 years Of course there are a lot of moral and legal issues involved in realising this but secretly the state would love it The fact is care of old people is rapidly becoming an unsolvable problem and only more so in the coming resource crunch due to Peak Oil PEAK OIL AND OLD AGE As we saw above growth in the elderly population occurs due to fall in fertility A fall in child mortality also helped because people no longer felt anxious about the possible death of their children Reproduction of labour in capitalist societies began to take longer because it needed more years in education This also led to smaller families It is very difficult to reverse this trend and attempts to do so in these countries have largely failed On the other hand this policy of reducing fertility has been aggressively pursued in Third World countries both by local governments and by international agencies This is giving rise to the rising percentage of old people in these countries too In this context it is interesting to note that today China is giving up the one child policy and allowing couples to have two children in a bid to raise fertility rates and ease the financial burden on China s rapidly aging population Wang Hairong Beijing Review May 8 2014 As we know capitalism became viable due to availability of

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  • Towards A Unitive Life: An Interview with Shyam Balakrishnan – Ecologise
    mode of production and the nation state The food gathering system is the first and most practiced mode of survival in the history of humanity Then around ten thousand years ago as a response to situations like climate change there emerged production systems like pastoralism and settled agriculture Among these the first two systems food gathering and pastoral life are nomadic in nature Then the capitalist mode of production the very recent one evolved in the middle of the 1700s in Europe The modern nation state is a political system that was formed parallel to this capitalist mode of production to contain its unprecedented need for capital and natural resources and the consequent centralization urbanization colonization etc Later through colonization the nation state system got exported all over the world The famous historian Eric Hobsbawm once noted that the dictionaries before 1884 explained the word nation very differently from what we understand of it today The most critical feature of the nation state system is its extreme dependence on the capitalist mode of production for its own survival And this dependency grows consistently For instance the agriculture sector in India contributes just 16 of the total GDP Gross Domestic Production Even this share comes from highly centralized post Green Revolution pro market intense farming not from local farming From the meagre contribution of this sector the Indian state cannot maintain its huge structural expenses like the salaries of its employees military expenses etc It might not even be enough to pay interest on the loans it has availed If this is the case with the farming sector it is obvious that the surplus value created by the tribal people and nomads would be completely irrelevant to the nation state What we say about India is all the more true to the so called developed countries In the US the total contribution of the farming sector to the GDP is just 1 In France it is 2 and in Germany just 0 8 Every institution or body carries the instinct of self preservation Thus the nation state out of its own structural instinct or necessity to sustain more or less identifies with capitalism and its need for ever increasing production and centralisation This is the core reason for the constant cry of the State for increasing the GDP And they resort to military enforcement if there is any serious threat to the growth of private capital Thus people are continuously persuaded to follow the market system through propaganda as well as brutal force When this process of identification between the state and capitalism passes a certain stage they merge to become one The US state is a classic example for this and all the wars they design are for the interests of private capital The revelations of Edward Snowden about the surveillance carried out by the US state may be analysed in this context It is because of the same mutual identification that the protest against the Koodamkulam nuclear plant becomes sedition in India Isn t capitalism dependent on the state as much as the state is dependent on capitalism Of course There is a general assumption that though there are some problems with the market economy it continues to exist because of its natural goodness and the consequent mass support But nothing could be further from truth Without the support of the state capitalism could never survive That is the real story and examples could be seen from the Enclosures movement in Europe to the bail outs of the 2008 economic depression Or take the process of Green Revolution that has made India a graveyard If there hadn t been the absolute support of the state through its agriculture department subsidies bank loans media paid intellectuals etc and if the farmers had been directly evaluating the effects of chemical farming on their farms the Green Revolution would have never occurred Capitalism is not sustained by the state but by the public capital commanded by the state Do you think that capitalism and democracy can go together No it is absolutely impossible Between these two there are irreconcilable contradictions If democracy means considering the non other as oneself in capitalism there is no other but only the private individual and his her exclusive interests If democracy is cooperative capitalism is inevitably competitive Either gain for both parties or loss for both parties is the thumb rule in all the transactions among human beings But private interests or capitalism believes that there could be gain for one person and loss for the other who is part of the same situation Thus it divides everyone by constantly producing the sense of otherness required for its survival On the other hand in all other gathering production modes a human being is sustained by his her unitive relationship with nature as well as with fellow people It is impossible to be otherwise In such systems one s inter relationship with nature and others is self evident to a person But the cornerstone of capitalism as we said is the private individual absorbed in his private world thus alienated both from nature and fellow human beings If we look at advertisements we can see this The private person has only a utilitarian relationship with everything And s he is the source of all violence Is the private person a product of the capitalist system No Actually there is always a possibility in one s nature to be exclusive and alienated by private interests The tendency comes from the one sided identification with the body or matter that has a unique time and space When one unilaterally identifies the value dynamism called s elf with one s unique body one ignores the universality of the same In fact this person who is engulfed in his private world is the devil mentioned in many religions The devil s materialistic offers to Jesus are an example of this All the masters and educational spiritual traditions tell us to grow out from the animal instinct of self preservation to an all inclusive self understanding through self reflection Even the word homo in homo sapiens comes from the recognition of the species ability for self reflection But capitalism has been consistently producing and glorifying these private interests and private individuals considered dangerous for humanity from time immemorial That s why now the world is a hell for so many of us It seems that the market economy is consciously generating fear in the individual Isn t this meant to push the individual more and more into the private world Yes All our fear comes from the alienation caused by private interests When one is alienated and comprehends oneself as just a short living body which could be hurt or even dead at any time fear insecurity and short sightedness would be the default features of the individual Such a person would always be trying to forget or overcome this fate by indulging more and more in consumption and wealth creation This leads to even more alienation This is a vicious circle In the pyramid structure of capitalism when all the individuals from all levels are trying to acquire wealth according to their ability the centralization of power and wealth is inevitable Even otherwise unlimited material growth in a world with limited resources means nothing but war And monetary economy is worsening the situation What you have said about monetary economy is interesting Generally the world of money is accepted as something god given and hence unquestionable Unlike in other production systems money enables one to live without any meaningful relationship with others Money makes the private person a concrete actuality A rich man doesn t need his neighbour but only the super market In pre modern communities it was clear that money did not have any inherent value and was just a medium that made transactions easier That was why lending money for interest was forbidden in many societies They knew that creating wealth just by lending something that has no natural value was equivalent to looting society The centralization of power and market economy fuelled by the industrial revolution nation states urbanization colonization the two world wars and the demand for goods which have only speculative value has greatly contributed to the expansion of the monetary system Earlier money had been used as a medium for the integration of values of different goods The exchange of values previously followed the sequence commodity money commodity Now it has changed to money commodity money in which the value of a commodity is understood not in terms of its inherent value but by its monetary value But the problem here is who decides the value of money Today the value of all the goods in the world including labour is determined in terms of the US Dollar And the value of the dollar is determined by a host of gamblers including international bankers They collect money from society and transfer it to a few monopolists The official casinos called share markets also participate in the game Today the main source of income for the developed countries is finance capital lent at interest especially to the third world countries The loans which are given by developed countries or bodies like World Bank can never be repaid by an agricultural or tribal economy This must have been the core reason for the pro capitalist structural adjustments initiated by the lending bodies on borrowing countries Can we avoid these problems by disregarding the dollar Of course not The problem is not just that of the Dollar the money system by itself leads to centralization of wealth and power In other words money itself is a product and those who decide the value of money control the entire situation The Indian Reserve Bank s project to make every citizen part of the banking system has to be understood in this context Monopolization enabled by money has other aspects too Wealth transactions in any community need to be local transparent and easy to understand But the world economy of today is such a complex system that its inner processes cannot be understood even by the so called wizards of economics At the time of the economic depression in 2008 the Nobel laureate Paul Krugman observed that the value of some mutual bonds that had severely contributed to the depression couldn t be assessed later even by their creators Ideally we must opt for a gift economy As a first step we must localize money not at the national level but at more local levels As you said it is through colonization that the idea of the nation state took roots in India Then the British empire really destroyed the self sufficiency of all communities here Isn t the same process continuing under the regime after Independence Yes To understand this concretely we could consider the state of public land here All pre modern political systems recognized vast areas of land including most of the forests as belonging to the local community This was the case not just in India but all over the world This couldn t be questioned even by the most powerful kings Contradictory to this the nation state only accepts two types of properties private property and the property of the state One of the primary reasons for the destruction of the threads of community in India was the acquisition of forests by the British regime Before colonization our local economies had been based on our forests When a community depends on forests for its survival the healthy sustenance of the same would be of prime concern for the community In India the destruction of forests began during the British rule They considered the ever green forests as a resource that strengthened their imperialism by providing for railway lines ships etc As a continuation of the same approach the forest department of independent India cut down even rainforests to plant Acacia and Eucalyptus for industrial purposes Tribal communities are being eliminated today and their land is being taken over to be gifted to corporates like Vedanta The sources of water and even rivers are being seized in the name of dams and roads And now even the sea is largely a property of big trawling and mining industries In this process of invasion there is no difference between capitalist nations and the so called socialist nations The Left oriented government in Brazil has been mining the Amazon forest for oil and they are helped by the public sector company of another Leftist government in Venezuela The market and the state continue to develop by destroying the self sufficiency of both individuals and communities A journalist once asked the then Indian minister of finance who had previously been a World Bank employee his vision about the future of India His immediate answer was that he dreams of an India where 85 of people live in cities City means dependence on the market For the first time in history from 2012 onwards more than half of the world population have been living in cities and this is growing explosively Doesn t the state manufacture people who are inert and stupid It seems that the state provides people with several comfort zones that shield them from facing the real situation even when they are gross victims of the same Of course Akira Kurasawa s Ikru is an excellent movie that illustrates this aspect To understand how the state re orients human beings we just have to look at how military personnel are trained The fundamental expectation of a military person is his obedience to orders without questions This means that one must discharge any murderous act wished for by one s superior officer The need to distinguish whether the action is good or bad becomes irrelevant Another aspect is the consistent humiliation inflicted upon the military personnel as part of their training This is how the system desensitises human beings to make them capable of killing other human beings And why does the Indian state supply free liquor to all army personnel including the retired ones The survival of the state depends on the retardation of these people All this is contrary to what would happen in a true educative process In India if a person enters military service after short term training he or she has to work there for a minimum period of 15 years To quit within this period would be almost impossible If someone tries to escape there are provisions to prosecute and imprison him Is this characteristic of democracy Why do such provisions exist If the people had real choice there wouldn t be many left in the military We spoke of military since it is the most concrete and visible face of the state What we have spoken is true of the entire citizenry as well though in different proportions especially for those who are part of the bureaucracy It seems whoever breaks this conditioning will be declared as enemies and hunted down by the state It happens everywhere Take the cases of Bradley Manning Julian Assange and Edward Snowden They took positions on behalf of entire humanity and they are now being hunted by the state These are classic cases illustrating the conflict between the state and humanity The 24 year old Bradley has now been convicted for 35 years Assange has been staying in the Ecuador embassy in London for the last two years And Snowden is far away from his family friends and native land What about the media They also depend on capitalism for their survival and are ideologically dedicated to the nation state So they are equally responsible for spreading both fear and insensitivity among people No wonder As you said it s their institutional necessity Take the instance of the Delhi gangrape The mainstream media made such a great fuss about it It produced tons of material analyzing the habitual insult and abuse of women But not even a single column talked about capitalism that commodifies everything Shouting against commodification of women without problematising capitalism that commodifies everything is nothing but third rate dishonesty Mainstream media won t touch the structural contradictions of the system Instead it always presents things as specific events and the causes for all problems are attributed to some bad people It s like in the James Bond movies They make sure that the people are distracted that their attention is not on the real issues Though what you were elaborating about the nation state is true can we negate the positive intentions behind its formation It did emerge as a positive force negating feudalism and colonization We never meant that the nation state is formed exclusively out of ill will In fact many nation states are indeed the result of the greatest aspirations of people But since they the nation states contradict the natural and basic principles of life they must fall The sense of otherness and territory are the prime capital of nationhood We must fully accept that every community has its own culture and unique characteristics but this doesn t make it necessary to have a territory guarded by armed human beings One of the greatest political challenges of our generation is to creatively overcome the historical blunder called the nation state How can we do this when we live within the framework of the nation state To understand how to overcome the nation state we must first understand capitalism One of the primary reasons for the formation of capitalism is the dualism found in both the theology of Catholic Church that ruled the Europe from AD 5 th century to the 15 th century and the epistemology of modern science that started to shape the imagination of European intelligentsia from the 12 th Century By dividing man and god and asserting that man is a born sinner and through unscientific divisions like existence and essence the Catholic Church

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  • INDIA – Page 2 – Ecologise
    the mining as well as the demand for weapons demand which is independent of the vagaries of the market system 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 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 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 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 Nationalists take note its nature that draws borders not nation states Written by Nagraj Adve Mar 4 2016 1 Comment If any of us have fixed geographical notions of the nation state the rise and fall of sea levels everywhere ought to give us pause Not just in warnings about the future but also lessons from the past Once England and France were contiguous landmass our borders are drawn not by us but by the oceans 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 Budget Analysis Don t believe the hype farmers have been short changed again Written by Contributor Mar 2 2016 0

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  • Livelihoods – Page 2 – Ecologise
    failed because the poor don t own capital Having run out of ideas they ve now started blaming the poor for being poor Continue Reading As automation increases in India so does inequality Written by Contributor Feb 21 2016 0 Comments Jahnavi Sen reports According to a new research paper by Radicka Anand capital intensity of production has been increasing across industries in the last decade This is true not only in capital intensive industries or those industries whose capital intensity is higher than the median of the manufacturing sector but also for labour intensive industries Continue Reading Power in India radical pathways to local self rule Written by Contributor Feb 15 2016 0 Comments Ashish Kothari Pallav Das write in State of Power report People are recognizing that the current power dispensation is frozen in an intellectual paradigm defined by free market orthodoxy and will change only if confronted by worldviews such as swaraj or Radical Ecological Democracy India and the world needs that change in order to continue to thrive Continue Reading Video Report The jungle gangs of Jharkhand Written by Contributor Feb 14 2016 0 Comments Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava reports Groups like JJMP and TSPC thrive on a levy collected from mining Jharkhand accounts for nearly a third of India s coal a quarter of its iron ore and 16 of copper In return the armed groups provide protection to mining companies and intimidate villagers to facilitate land acquisition for the companies Continue Reading Map shows India leads the world in ecological conflict Written by Contributor Feb 12 2016 0 Comments SciDev Net reports India Colombia and Nigeria have the most cases of conflict caused by climate change and environmental disputes according to a map of global ecological conflict The Environmental Justice Atlas shows that more than 200 conflicts in India are caused by ecological disputes and scarcities of basic resources such as water and forests Continue Reading India s high growth rate and the price of food Written by Contributor Feb 10 2016 1 Comment Sudipto Mundle writes India s current high growth is organically linked to food price inflation and the rising margin between the wholesale and retail price of food Should we continue to celebrate India s status as the world s fastest growing economy while leaving it to consumers to cope with rising food prices as best as they can Continue Reading A Marathwada farmer s wake up call to India try to understand why we die Written by Contributor Feb 1 2016 0 Comments Rajabhau Deshmukh a farmer from Beed says We ve been reaping merely 20 30 of our average crop in the last few years Even as bank loans moneylenders debts relatives credits and the interest keep gnawing at us we ve to somehow run our homes To be honest it seems we are not even allowed to fall sick Continue Reading Video Report India s indigenous people are holding fast to food traditions against all odds Written by Contributor

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  • The Top 10 Sharing Economy predictions for 2016 – Ecologise
    Worker Cooperatives In 2016 I predict new growth for the worker co op sector and the practice of workplace democracy I think some of this will come from a new wave of sole proprietor businesses converting to worker ownership I also think that the movements and networks clamoring for racial and economic justice will start to intermingle with our networks for economic democracy and more of the growth in worker co ops will directly come from grassroots efforts from communities of color and people with limited access to wealth I also believe that some early relationship building in the international organizing for worker co ops and labor justice will reach a new level as foundational infrastructure is constructed to facilitate transnational organizing for workplace democracy particularly in the Western Hemisphere esp the Caribbean the Southern Cone and among the US Canada Mexico and our connections to Europe and East Asia 4 Neal Gorenflo co founder of Shareable In 2016 the sharing cities movement will reach higher levels of visibility with new books events and achievements The building social crises in cities will elevate sharing and the commons as a systemic solution Cities will increasingly use the same rational that led to the emergence Sharing City Seoul to launch their own initiatives City s skepticism of the Uber of Airbnb will grow yet they will seek out similar locally controlled solutions The platform cooperative and sharing cities movement will intersect and synergize A glocal one platform with many locally controlled instances approach to growing platform cooperatives will emerge as a powerful alternative to Silicon Valley s Death Star approach Some data points supporting my predictions The team behind the 2015 book Sharing Cities is touring globally Shareable will publish a sharing cities book this fall and back it up with a global volunteer driven book tour Shareable will host the third global MapJam and launch a sharing events campaign in conjunction with People Who Share s Global Sharing Week One of Israel s key think tanks The Jerusalem Institute for Israeli Studies will host a major event about sharing cities Several local versions of last year s hit event on Platform Cooperativism will spawn A responsible sharing economy accelerator founded in late 2015 is finding early success Mayor Park of Seoul will host the biggest sharing cities event ever 5 Jeremiah Owyang founder of Crowd Companies Funding by VCs will continue to increase but the rate will slow compared to 2015 s glut of money Startups need to fill their warchest for global adoption acquisition and to influence regulatory bodies Last year in 2015 funding was a whopping 14B up from 8B in 2014 This means that the one percenters will continue to take ownership stakes in the popular global sharing tech platforms In 5 10 years they ll need their money returned forcing monetization of the platform people and products shared With this said we ll start to see a shakeout of these platforms that are unable to contend with

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  • Report: Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement – Ecologise
    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 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 Report Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement Written by Contributor Sep 13 2014 0 Comments From the Post Carbon Institute Editor s Note 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 A movement is emerging in many places under many guises New Economy or Economies Regenerative Economy Solidarity Economy Next Economy Caring Economy Sharing Economy Thriving Resilience Community Resilience Community Economics Oppositional Economy High Road Economy and other names It s a movement to replace the default economy of excess control and exploitation with a new economy based on respecting biophysical constraints preferring decentralization and supporting mutuality This movement is a sign of the growing recognition that what often are seen as separate movements environment social justice labor democracy indigenous rights are

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  • NEWS UPDATE #80 – Ecologise
    market conditions The government had last month kick started the process to auction nine blocks for sectors like iron and steel cement and captive power plants We have not got sufficient number of bids to carry on with the coal block auctions We have received 15 bids for nine blocks so in view of this we had to annul the process Coal Secretary Anil Swarup told reporters Also read Data Bite December Numbers Signal a Looming End to India s Appetite for Foreign Not just Delhi How odd even has made pollution a priority in cities across the country Mayank Jain Scroll in Regardless of its effectiveness in controlling pollution Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal seems to at least have succeeded in making the subject headline worthy and enabling a real conversation among various stake holders Even as experts pore over pollution data collected during the period to judge how effective the odd even experiment was in curbing pollution in the city the move has already begun to be replicated around different places in the country Falling oil prices not benefiting people CPI M The Economic Times CPI M said falling oil prices in the global market are not benefiting the people in the country as the government is trying to increase its revenue earnings before the budget Oil prices are falling in the international market These have decreased three times from the earlier rates But the government has increased it nine times since Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken over CPI M Secretary General Sitaram Yechury said outside Parliament Also read Narendra Modi government profiteering at the cost of common people Congress From Seabirds to Starfish Climate Change Driving Unprecedented Die Offs Common Dreams From seabirds to whales to antelopes to starfish animal die offs across the globe are raising alarm about the deadly impact of climate change on the world s ecosystems and their vulnerable inhabitants An estimated 8 000 black and white common murres were found dead on the beaches of Alaska s Prince William Sound over the weekend joining thousands more that have washed up on beaches from California to the Gulf of Alaska over the past year The seabirds who appear to have died of starvation are indicators of what is happening in the marine ecosystem the U S Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS wrote in a press release pdf on the matter Freshwater vulnerability threatens developing nations stability Stanford researchers find Stanford News Many nations and regions already facing uncertain political futures must contend with a growing threat to stabilization freshwater vulnerability The finding comes from a new study co authored by researchers in Stanford s Global Freshwater Initiative that weighed a variety of contributing factors such as regulatory enforcement corruption transboundary competition and water transported virtually in agricultural products as well as traditional constraints like scarcity and infrastructure The World Health Organisation is calling air pollution a public health emergency across the globe Firstpost com Weeks before the organisation is slated to reveal

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