Indigenous Women Are Showing Us How to Fight For Environmental and Human Rights
Following the recent win for Indigenous rights (and therefore all of us) in Brazil, V reflects on the need to “reforest politics and the mind”, and how “we need to bring an ethics of care and solidarity, beauty and poetry…honoring the generosity and wisdom of Indigenous women who protect our lives while risking their own.”
Unmasking Climate Deception: The ClimateFraud Framework
“A draft framework that can be used to identify false solutions proposed in the context of the climate and nature emergency…originally created by the Federation of the Huni Kui Indigenous Peoples of Acre, in the Amazon, and collaboratively redesigned in the context of the Moving With Storms CNE Program of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, at the University of British Columbia…urging us to question the allure of quick fixes that fail to address the systemic root causes of the massive challenges we are facing as a species.”
Canaries 0: Coal Mine: 3
“If our very symbols of perseverance and adaptability, from seed vaults, to desert succulents to jungle vines are faltering, we’re going to have to rethink our benchmarks…our metaphors, those canaries we placed so carefully in their cages to let us know when trouble was brewing, are keeling over. It might be time to carefully start packing up our things, and head for higher ground.”
Pride of the Elites: Political Correctness, Identity Politics and Class War
“How Elite Overproduction drives culture wars, and how to move beyond it.” Analysis encouraging us to reflect on what it really takes to achieve “deep systemic change”, at a time the ‘vibe’ is shifting, and the gap between elite “power-holders” and everyone else is widening. “What has happened with social justice ideology is that it has gone through a process of ‘abstractive sublimation’, in which practical concerns by minority groups, which may be dangerous to the status quo, are sublimated into a realm of abstraction that allows elites to reframe and ultimately ignore its calls for a redistribution of power.”
Indigenous Wisdom & the Seed of Life
The author of Sacred Instructions discusses the increasing acceptance of indigenous wisdom by modern science, the essential role of the sacred feminine, the 80-10-10 rule for distributing our energy across transformation efforts, and shares prophecies and stories to encourage reflection and action.
Dancing With The Cannibal Giant: New Stories for the Great Transition
“When today's stories of crushing greed and endless growth have come to an end, what, then, will be the new stories?…a documentary film portraying five remarkable stories of people and places transforming the world. Narrated by Penobscot elder, Sherri Mitchell (Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset), we are introduced to the Penobscot mythology of the cannibal giant: a creature awakened by the destruction of mother earth. The film is told through the lens of this powerful prophecy: only if people can awaken to their own destruction, and the need for change, will the cannibal giant be put back to sleep.”
Young, Feminist, and Fearless: Holding the Line
“Young feminist movements are pushing back against autocracy. They’re not toeing the line anymore. Young feminist movements are holding the line. This year’s State of the Youth Civil Society report developed under the theme, Young. Feminist. Fearless: Holding the Line, focuses on feminist movements and their critical role in making the world more equitable, safe and accessible for everyone.”
Radical Pathways Beyond GDP
“To dismantle GDP, different social movements will need to coalesce around key metrics that prioritise far greater equality, and align with feminist and decolonial values while challenging the systems of power and narratives that are holding GDP in its dominant place. Only in this way are alternatives likely to deliver the economic transformation needed to put people and planet first.”
Vanessa discusses her book Hospicing Modernity as part of JRF’s series ‘Next Frontiers in Funding, Philanthropy and Investment: Unlocking resources in this time of crisis and possibility’. Vanessa explores the four “socially sanctioned forms of denial“, the “House that Modernity Built,” and the need to go “Beyond Reform” because “more modernity is not an option, given the violence required to keep modernity in place, in the limits of the planet”, inviting us to take “7 steps back” and “7 steps forward/aside”.
Beyond the Rules
“Without ways of organising and governing that devolve agency and embrace interconnectivity, we don’t believe we have a pathway to a future of dignity, safety and joy. We think this means alternative governance capabilities and rules to the current norm, via a boringly bureaucratic revolution that can underpin radical possibility. Beyond the Rules exists to collaboratively and openly build operational structures, tools, practices, networks and crafts that can make this systemic governance possible in the everyday - this portal seeks to share & invite them widely.”
Climate Science and Jungian Analysis
On “why it is important to understand ways of thinking that are not purely rational, that are imagistic—based on a deeper understanding of the unconscious”, suggesting that “we are out of balance within our own psyches, within our relationship with nature” and that this imbalance is manifesting climate change. Includes a discussion of ‘cultural complexes’, “the power of the feminine perspective” and the “inevitability of new myths”.
A Humane Transition
A sober but warm reflection on where we are now, and what it might take to make the transition ahead “humane”: one that embraces both grief and joy, the chance for community solidarity in shared work, and the opportunity for people to prove that they are competent to run their own lives.