We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Monday, December 14, 2009

'Copenhagen Is About Doing As Little As Possible'

Click here to access post by Christian Schwägerl from Salon.

"With his 1972 book The Limits to Growth, Dennis Meadows was one of the first to warn about the looming environmental crisis” Regarding his current position on climate destabilization, he is more optimistic than I am.