How Do Reparations and Atonement address Planet Repair?
“This article was compiled from questions asked by Green Party Members on Green Spaces in response to the proposal to establish an All-Party Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry for Truth and Reparatory Justice to commit the UK government to atone and make reparations to the descendants of enslaved African people, in accordance with international human rights law.” See here for more on Planet Repairs.
Three posts: ‘Militarism: The closed fist of imperialism’, ‘The socio-ecological toll of militarism’, and ‘Against green militarism’, explore the relationship between war, justice and climate. “Militarism is the primary means by which economic and political sovereignty is denied to states and peoples across the world. It is incompatible with global eco-socialism and planetary liberation”.
The Gift Contract
“The usual story of change is that there is a problem with the system that needs to be solved… Our analysis has a different starting point. It begins with an examination of how violence and unsustainability are conditions that are necessary for the system (that is ‘not working’) to exist, how we are part of this system (and complicit in harm) and how this system has screwed (all of) us up… Without this cognitive, affective and relational ‘decluttering’, we will only be able to want and imagine different versions of the same thing… We need to interrupt the cycle of vilification/pathologization and romanticization/idealization… There is a mega-storm coming, and our only option is to go through it, together.”
Dismantling Destructive Narratives
Dr. Celidwen’s work combines Indigenous studies, cultural psychology, and contemplative science. In this episode they “explore indigenous values, the challenges of pursuing education within colonial systems, and the need to find like-minded individuals for positive change. They emphasise the importance of principles like reverence, responsibility, and self-examination to restore balance in the face of colonialism and capitalism...and highlight the importance of epistemological equity and ecological belonging,” all grounded in “commitment and community”.
The Scene On Radio podcast hosted by John Biewen (previous seasons include Seeing White), is turning its lens on “the inescapable knot at the heart of it all” in a new Season being produced in partnership with BLab’s Imperative 21, who introduce it here in their updated website. “With the help of expert voices, (we) will go back to explore how capitalism emerged and transformed over centuries, how people with power shaped it the way they did, what was both gained and lost along the way, and where we can go from here.”
Agency For Nature
“An experiment in the future of creativity”, asking “what if our creativity was used in service to life on earth?” Their brief to the marketing industries (and beyond): “We need to help human civilisation come back to life. To remember that nature is our extended family, the original source of beauty, solace and joy. To rekindle an ember that somewhere, deep down, still glows within them.” Also see The Good Advert, and the more wry Atmospheric Agency.
What If Nobody Is At The Wheel?
“You can’t bargain with a driverless car. It is so much more difficult to revolt against a system rather than our fellow humans because there is nothing to be in relationship with…The driverless car doesn’t have a goal, doesn’t have a purpose, doesn’t have a nature against which we can take up arms or with which we can negotiate…Its very lack of relationship is what sees it careen blindly towards its own demise, pulling the rest of the world along with it…The cliff is in sight. Aim for the tyres.”
Land Back To Right Relations Reframe Toolkit
An invitation to join a ‘reframe intervention’ in the 2 weeks leading up to COP28: “Land ownership sits at the heart of the extraction-based global operating system. To address the issue of land ownership is to address the root causes of the polycrisis: the interlinked systems of capitalism and colonialism. To change the system we need to change the narrative. We change the narrative by centering land in our work: decolonisation, climate justice, peace - land gives us a frame to work collectively towards a liveable future.”
Liminal Economics: Swimming at the Edge of the Economy
“The end goal cannot be simply to build more third- and fourth-sector businesses within the prevailing economic system, but instead must be system change itself. The ‘sustainability’ and ‘resilience’ of social enterprises will always be undermined by operating in a system designed explicitly to weaken them. Those who think otherwise are kidding themselves. This presents a major dilemma for those of us who work in the current system while seeking a new one.”
The Cracks are Where The Light Gets In
“As the cracks I describe below make us more aware of the injustice and unsustainability of our current model, the legitimacy of capital and growth being at the heart of our economy starts to crumble, further weakening the foundations on which this system exists. We begin to decapitalise our minds, if you like, giving opportunities for new systems to emerge.”
Climate Science Denial Rife at Launch of Jordan Peterson’s ARC Project
Having learned some lessons from the narrative change field, ARC seeks “a better world where every citizen can prosper, contribute and flourish.” But speakers at their launch claim that “carbon emissions have ‘declined’, the climate crisis is a ‘secular religion’”, and the better world needs fossil fuels (also see). ARC is backed by “the UAE-based investment firm Legatum Group and British hedge fund millionaire Paul Marshall, who together own the TV channel GB News. As revealed by DeSmog this week, Marshall’s hedge fund holds $2.2 billion worth of shares in fossil fuel companies.”
Decolonising Economics: African and Feminist Perspectives on Post Growth Futures
On the need for “a more holistic understanding of wellbeing that incorporates cultural heritage, social cooperation, environmental stewardship, and community resilience” And how “a critical approach to Western-imposed metrics opens up space for formerly colonized nations and communities to redefine progress on their own terms and restore agency over their destinies…non-western cosmologies can contain approaches that reveal alternative, regenerative ways of life and economic systems. ‘Better futures’, in other words, need not be dreamed up — they already exist, if we know where to look…”