“This human community is in danger due to climate change which is related to the accumulation of riches by countries and social groups…. We have to change the belief that to have more is to live better”.
Evo Morales Ayma, President of Bolivia, 22 December, 2012
To see what this means in Manchester, see our reports, Living Well and In Place of Growth: http://steadystatemanchester.net/our-reports/
Evo Morales speaking on climate and accumulation at the celebration of the December solstice.
Who’s putting pressure on the planet? | Doughnut Economics.
Useful video, especially at this tie of continued inaction by the rich nations (and especially the USA) seen for example at Doha. Interesting too in the light of Lord Stern’s comments on the need for the BRICS to cut emissions.
Two recent video interviews with the author of A Green Deal for the Manchester-Mersey Bioregion:-
1) 1970s and now (ecological crisis and eco-action)
2) Steady State and “decoupling”
Robert Owen, pioneer socialist and co-operator (and ethical entrepreneur):
Nature requires its own time to mature all things, whether mineral, vegetable, animal or mind and spirit.
- topical as we zoom past the safe operating margins for life on this planet. It expresses three key rules of ecological economics:
2. Extract renewable resources like fish and timber at a rate no faster than they can be regenerated.
3. Consume non-renewable resources like fossil fuels and minerals at a rate no faster than they can be replaced by the discovery of renewable substitutes.
4. Deposit wastes in the environment at a rate no faster than they can be safely assimilated.
(number 1 is : Maintain the health of ecosystems and the life-support services they provide.)
and Owen again:-
The ever changing scenes of nature afford not only the most economical, but also the most innocent pleasures that man can enjoy.
- which recalls the buen vivir, or good living principles of the Andean indigenous movement.
Thanks to “Scottish Nature Boy” whose blog has photos of plaques with these quotations there: http://scottishnatureboy.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/signs-i-like-8.html )