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

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Will Paris be another 'Hopenhagen'? Time is running out for climate negotiators

Click here to access article by Illari Aragon from Ecologist.
With barely six months until the Paris climate conference begins, negotiating texts remain a morass of alternative wordings, square brackets and legal uncertainties, writes Illari Aragon. With deep divisions between countries on major points of principle, negotiators are meeting next week in Bonn to thrash out differences - but it's far from certain that they will be able to do so.
Meanwhile, India is burning up according to this article entitled "India's killer heatwave - a deadly warning of the world we face, without climate action".
India is currently in the throes of yet another extreme heat event, with the death toll rising past 1,100. The current heatwave began on May 21, with temperatures in many regions exceeding 45C [113F], and reaching 47.6C [118F] and beyond.

Extreme heat is expected to continue for at least another week....