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 LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Age of easy, Cheap Oil Maybe Getting Over Slowly

by Syed Rashid Husain from Arab News. This very interesting article looks into the effects of climate change in the Arctic and the effects it might have on oil production. (The title would be better phrased as "The Age of Easy, Cheap Oil May Be Slowly Disappearing")