Colonialism is the interplay of dispossession, dependency and oppression

Art Manuel: The Reconciliation Manifesto, 2007 Truth must come before reconciliation Loss of our land that has been the precise cause of our impoverishment Systemic impoverishment is used as a weapon by Canada to keep us too poor and weak to fight back. It is used to bribe and co-opt Indigenous leadership into becoming neo-colonial partners to treat the symptoms …

Reality is a Commons

Our greater understanding of the Earth as alive and interconnected At the beginning of 2020, David Bollier published a blog post on “The rise of a New Animism” (read it here). Recognising the historical problems of animism as a Western-centric concept, Bollier suggests that ‘New Animism’ which “sees the experience of life as a dynamic conversation among the creatures and natural systems of …

Rethinking how we build so people can drive less: LOS to play more limited role in planning, to reduce VMT

SB 743 Implementation SB 743 Overview fact sheet (PDF) SB 743 Technical fact sheet (PDF) SB 743 Video: Rethinking How We Build So Californians Can Drive Less (10 minutes) Caltrans Guidance Document Question & Answer (PDF) General SB 743 Implementation Question & Answer (PDF) Current mitigation resources are highlighted in SB 743: Mitigation and VMT Reduction (PDF). Caltrans October 6, 2020 TAF/TAC …

‘She had the courage to act on her knowledge’: Civil disobedience saved Pope Francis’ life when he was young. ‘I’ll always owe them so much. They fought for me to the end…They taught me what it is to use science but also to know when to go beyond it to meet particular needs.’

Pope Francis reveals an important story from his life, in his recent piece in the NYTimes, and also shares a quote: “Where the danger is, also grows the saving power.” That’s the genius in the human story: There’s always a way to escape destruction. Where humankind has to act is precisely there, in the threat itself; that’s where the door …

To form a government

By Lloyd Cutler, Foreign Affairs 59 (1): 126-143, Fall 1980 Our society was one of the first to write a Constitution. This reflected the confident conviction of the Enlightenment that explicit written arrangements could be devised to structure a government that would be neither tyrannical nor impotent in its time, and to allow for future amendment as experience and change might …

Democracy Collaborative: We must move away from current system prioritizing corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that values and centers public health, social equality, and ecological sustainability. The design, implementation, and governance of our systems are critically important.

It is imperative that we quickly move away from the current system that prioritizes corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that values and centers public health, social equality, and ecological sustainability.  The design, implementation, and governance of our systems are critically important. However, the incredible rise of the intangible economy has dramatically altered these systems and our wider economic …

The DNC released a draft of its 2020 policy platform yesterday + Deep flaws in the ways utilities influence the political system

Climate notes on the Democratic platform. Here are my notes. Emily Atkin Jul 23 2020 Issue 910 Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images The Democratic Party’s formal governing body, the Democratic National Committee, released a draft of its 2020 policy platform on Wednesday. The document is intended to represent Democrats’ official policy priorities for the next four years. Clocking in at …

Rich Americans Emit up to 15 Times As Much Carbon As Their Poorer Neighbors

A new study confirms the obvious: big houses have bigger footprints. But wait, there’s more. By Lloyd Alter, Treehugger, July 21, 2020 The conclusion of a new study – The carbon footprint of household energy use in the United States – that everyone is focusing on would seem obvious: “Wealthier Americans have per capita footprints ∼25% higher than those of lower-income residents, primarily …

The powerful appeal of populism fills a void, says Fiona Hill. Populism provides a narrative for people who have lost their identities that were tied to meaningful work.

“When people lose that then they’re looking for something. There’s a feeling they’ve been robbed and deprived of a golden age, and they want that back and populist politics feeds upon that, and provides scapegoats for losing it.” –Fiona Hill See interview with Fiona Hill in The Guardian, June 12, 2020… Excerpts below. Liberal democracy hasn’t been delivering, in the …