Category Archives: apocalypse

Ostrom, Habermas and understanding t’world

Reposted from Peter Levine’s website. Hat-tip to Sam Ostrom plus Habermas is nearly all we need Posted on June 16, 2014 by Peter The late, great Elinor Ostrom is much on my mind. I taught her work in Mexico a … Continue reading

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Consequences of failure of the #climate “movement” (the first/second/third time round)

There are plenty, but here are the three that are in the front of my mind right now, besides all the dead people and all the dead species from our (and I mean me too) idiocy and self-indulgence these last … Continue reading

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Death by a thousand insults – #climate change, social movement, individuals

What’s my contribution in the global scale of things? What harm am I doing by flying to Australia and back, in the face of a new power station every thirty seconds in China or India or somewhere like that. It … Continue reading

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Conservatives to announce spare kidney tax

Following the successful abolition of the spare room subsidy, Prime Minister David Cameron is set to announce a new debt-reduction initiative – a “spare kidney tax.” Under the scheme, to be officially announced at the Conservative Party Spring Conference in … Continue reading

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Government, State and climate foot-dragging

This popped up on facebook, when someone had asked if the elite politicians “get” climate change threats, how come there is so little action.  It’s only a partial answer, I think… I think the key thing is that “the government” … Continue reading

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Doooomed I tell you, all dooooooooooooomed

In response to something about needing to cut emissions by 40 to 70 per cent by 2050… Whoever wrote that doesn’t know their facts.  The probable level for  emissions reductions to have even a rough chance of avoiding 2 degrees … Continue reading

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Anticipatory learning. Great idea. Species don’t seem so good at it, y’know?

ABSTRACT: This paper is a methodological contribution to emerging debates on the role of learning, particularly forward-looking (anticipatory) learning, as a key element for adaptation and resilience in the context of climate change. First, we describe two major challenges: understanding … Continue reading

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“Go green, everyone wins” said one home-made placard

Except they don’t. Companies that have built up enormous expertise and infrastructure in extracting fossil fuels from the ground will not win. There will (or rather, ‘would’) be a painful transition. It’s pointless to deny that there will be winners … Continue reading

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Thomas Merton on #winning

Likelihood of success or failure is not a moral category. It doesn’t help you with your mirror test… Hat-tip to Sam; Thomas Merton said it best: “Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the … Continue reading

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Tony Abbott = species traitor. #climate #pendingecologicaldebacle

I know it’s not about individuals. I know it is about systems of exploitation that began long before Whitey arrived to stay in Australia (1788). I know it is about ecological imperialism, primitive accumulation, accumulation by dispossession and whatever other … Continue reading

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