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Rex Weyler, Co-Founder of Greenpeace International, Proposes Some Ways Forward in the Aftermath of COVID-19

Posted by Ruth Thomas-Pellicer on Friday, May 22, 2020, In : Re-embodiments politics 

Below you can listen to the inspiring talk by Rex Weyler, co-founder of Greenpeace, on the double bind of the pandemic. Some very good points that Weyler makes in relation to 'whither the global polity in the aftermath of COVID-19:

(1) A long-term perspective is necessary away from the legislature-based short-termism adopted by politicians;

(2) We have to move away from engineering linear thinking towards systems thinking including a humble approach towards Mother Earth as we can't know al...


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Eco Pax Mundi Agora Offers a Promising Way Forward in the Post-Corona Panorama

Posted by Ruth Thomas-Pellicer on Friday, May 8, 2020, In : Re-embodiments politics 


In his brilliant article 'Global Boom, Pandemic, Crash: Is History Just Repeating Itself?' Andrew Nikiforuk states that we face the end of a 300-year cycle, as did previous far-flung empires. With the following rhetorical questions he points to the way to move out of decadence:

Can we build a simpler society that can survive random shocks? Can we re-localize the economy, tax the rich, support small farms, simplify our brutal technologies, power down and distribute authority more even...


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Eco Pax Mundi Agora Sides with Vijayendra for a May Day 2020 Resolution: Creating A Paradise on Earth at the Expense of Capitalism

Posted by Ruth Thomas-Pellicer on Monday, April 27, 2020, In : Re-embodiments politics 

This year Nature has given us a clear message. It sent us COVID 19 and halted capitalism for 4 months, made us stop burning fossil fuels and use just the bare essentials. And it has rewarded us with clean air, cleaned up our rivers and lakes, improved our human relations and restored wild life. There are dolphin in the Ganges in Kolkata and leopards are frolicking in our cities. Many birds have come back...


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Covid-19 as a Stepping Stone Towards the Collective Rite of Passage into Adulthood that Humanity has to Undergo

Posted by Ruth Thomas-Pellicer on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, In : Re-embodiments politics 

Is COVID-19 a Collective Rite of Passage?

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Many transitions in human cultures are marked by rites of passage, such as baptisms, weddings, even funerals. And, during those transitions there is a moment when those involved are neither what they were, nor what they will become. At a wedding, the couple is not yet married, nor are they single. A child going through an adulthood ritual is not yet an adult, but is no longer a child. Even in a funer...


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The Italian Essayist Guido Dalla Casa Aptly Urges us to Overcome Industrial Civilization

Posted by Ruth Thomas-Pellicer on Sunday, October 20, 2019, In : Re-embodiments politics 
Guido Dalla Casa
Key points of Guido Dalla Casa's philosophy: 
  • We must become profoundly aware that we humans are an animal species which can be easily classified (Class: Mammals, Order: Primates). We are like a kind of cell in an organism, which is the Ecosphere or Earth. Therefore, the first value must be the good health of the entire organism;
  • This planet can support a maximum of 2 or 3 billion humans that are mostly vegetarians like the other primates, and with a level of consumpt...

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Change The World Without Taking Power but with the Creation of Natural Carbon Sinks

Posted by Ruth Thomas-Pellicer on Monday, July 22, 2019, In : Re-embodiments politics 

I once read a Marxist book -and wrote a review thereof- entitled 'Change the World without Taking Power'. I guess the motto resonates with many of us in the altermondialiste movement. It's my belief that fulfilling the remit goes, to a large extent, by way of creating natural carbon sinks thereby sequestering carbon so that the latter becomes a dynamic of fertility and it's stropped from its performance as a global warmer and climate changer.  

In this succinct video (follow-up video,...


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Localization as the Only Avenue to Bring Ecocides to an End

Posted by Ruth Thomas-Pellicer on Friday, July 13, 2018, In : Re-embodiments politics 

Challenging Authoritarianism: the prospect of localization

By Helena Norberg-Hodge

We urgently need widespread awareness of the big picture of economic deregulation and its impacts on our communities and personal lives. It is only ignorance about this system that enables the pseudo-solutions of Trump, Brexit, Duterte and others to gain strength, even as the global economic system marches onwards, unfettered. Despite the fact that these right-wing political forces are often branded as “anti-gl...


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Worldwide Advances on the Ecological Front according to the Wellbeing Economy Alliance

Posted by Ruth Thomas-Pellicer on Sunday, May 13, 2018, In : Re-embodiments politics 

Here are a few examples of the many new directions, experiments, and models of the wellbeing economy already happening around the world.

  • The ability to communicate in real time with everyone empowers millions of people at virtually no cost and makes social organizing easier than ever before. Peer-to-peer networking has become a reality, whether sharing information, data, software, goods, services, car rides, accommodation, lending and/or political strategies.
  • Renewable energy allows for decentr...

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EcoPaxMundiAgora.Org Sides with SumOfUs.Org to Denounce the Destruction of the Rainforest on the Part of Multinationals such as Cadbury

Posted by Ruth Thomas-Pellicer on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, In : Re-embodiments politics 

Around Easter time, companies like Cadbury try to play up their wholesome image of a family-friendly chocolate company. The last thing Cadbury wants the public to know, is the dirty secret behind chocolate Easter eggs: the destruction of precious rainforests.

A study from our partner Mighty Earth shows: The cocoa used in Cadbury chocolate is grown illegally in national parks and protected areas all over the world. In some countries in West Africa, more than 90 percent of protected areas, such ...


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EcoPaxMundiAgora.Org Is Part of This Vision

Posted by Ruth Thomas-Pellicer on Friday, February 10, 2017, In : Re-embodiments politics 

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We must develop as much self-sufficiency as we reasonably can, both at the national level, meaning much less international trade, but more importantly at local and household levels. We need to convert our presently barren suburbs into thriving economies which produce much of what they need from local resources.

Home gardens and mini-farms throughout suburbs would allow nutrients to be recycled back to the soil. Most of us could get to work by bicycle or on foot, and the...


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'Going Local: the Solution-Multiplier' - A short introduction to economic localization.

Posted by Ruth Thomas-Pellicer on Sunday, February 5, 2017, In : Re-embodiments politics 
http://www.localfutures.org/media-room/online-videos/animated-short-film-going-local-solution-multiplier/

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'Old Faith vs. Old Fossils'

Posted by Ruth Thomas-Pellicer on Monday, July 27, 2015, In : Re-embodiments politics 
ETC Group
Pope Francis’s encyclical takes on the Fossil Fuel Industry – and much more
18 June 2015

“Liberation Theology” or “Liberation Technology”?

Pope Francis’s sympathies for “Liberation Theology” – the radical Catholic message of Latin American clergy of the 1960s and 70s that called for social change – has been uncertain. He was a young priest when Liberation Theology was at its height and didn’t speak up when it fell out of favour with the Catholic hierarchy. In 201...


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'Pope's climate change encyclical tells rich nations: pay your debt to the poor'

Posted by Ruth Thomas-Pellicer on Friday, June 19, 2015, In : Re-embodiments politics 

The Guardian, 19/06/2015
Pope Francis has called on the world’s rich nations to begin paying their “grave social debt” to the poor and take concrete steps on climate change, saying failure to do so presents an undeniable risk to a “common home” that is beginning to resemble a “pile of filth”.

The pope’s 180-page encyclical on the environment, released on Thursday, is at its core a moral call for action on phasing out the use of fossil fuels.

But it is also a document infused with...


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'Norway Will Divest From Coal in Push Against Climate Change'

Posted by Ruth Thomas-Pellicer on Sunday, June 7, 2015, In : Re-embodiments politics 

New York Times, June 5, 2015
Norway’s $890 billion government pension fund, considered the largestsovereign wealth fund in the world, will sell off many of its investments related to coal, making it the biggest institution yet to join a growing international movement to abandon at least some fossil fuel stocks.

Parliament voted Friday to order the fund to shift its holdings out of billions of dollars of stock in companies whose businesses rely at least 30 percent on coal. A committee vote las...


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'We propose the perspective of “Living Well” in harmony with Mother Earth and the construction of a culture of life, complementarity, solidarity, and peace'

Posted by Ruth Thomas-Pellicer on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, In : Re-embodiments politics 
Address by Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, at the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, September 24, 2014.

Translated from the Spanish by Charles McKelvey

Brother President of the General Assembly, Brother Secretary General, fellow Heads of State, brothers and sisters:

1. Mother Earth and humanity are dying, lashed by the environmental, climatic, financial, and food crisis that has been generated by an inhumane and predatory capitalism th...

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'Plain Living and High Thinking', Steps Towards An Age of Re-Embodiments

Posted by Ruth Thomas-Pellicer on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, In : Re-embodiments politics 

Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future is available here.

Foreword to Simple Living in History, by David Shi

The simple life is almost as hard to define as it is to live. It has also been with us for thousands of years. Simplicity is an ancient and universal ideal. Most of the world’s great religions and philosophies have advocated some form of simple living that elevates activities of the mind and spirit over material desires and activities. The great...


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