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

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Unsustainable growth can’t be wished away

Click here to access article by Ian Angus from Climate & Capitalism. 
When it comes to explaining destructive growth, many green writers confuse cause and effect
Hint: It's the nature of the beast of capitalism--it is always hungry for more. Now that it is so huge along with its appetite, our Earth can no longer tolerate it.