Climate change v capitalism: the feast is almost over

The Guardian

Tackling climate change is incompatible with prioritising economic growth. Either capitalism lives or Mother Earth lives.

Six weeks from now, in Cancun, Mexico, the world’s nations will gather under the auspices of the United Nations (the UNFCCC) to again discuss how to alleviate climate change. They’ll try to pick up the broken pieces from last December in Copenhagen, where we witnessed tortured dances by government leaders trying to avoid the realities of our time, and the profound conundrums we face as a society. They accomplished nothing, and may reprise that performance in Cancun. Continue reading Climate change v capitalism: the feast is almost over

Abolishing the War System: The Big Picture

YES Magazine

When we do violence against others, we are in some psychological way hurting ourselves—and that pain is becoming more evident as the patina of glory surrounding war wears off. Is this the beginning of the end of the war mindset?

About the murderous rampage of U.S. soldiers from the 5th Stryker Combat Brigade, who killed and dismembered Afghani civilians evidently “for sport,” the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported on September 20, “Army officials have not disclosed a motive” for the outrage. Let me try. Continue reading Abolishing the War System: The Big Picture

Refugee agency decries the little attention being given to the impact of climate change on displacement

Africa: Climate Change Exacerbating Human Displament, says UNHCR

News from Africa

By Peter Omondi

The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has expressed concerns over the continued displacement of people due to the impact of climate change. Addressing a press conference on the sidelines of the Seventh African Development Forum (ADF VII) currently underway in Addis Ababa on the theme, Acting on Climate Change For Sustainable Development in Africa, Mr Chrysantus Ache, UNHCR Representative to the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa said the issue of climate change and its impact on displacement has not been adequately addressed either in Copenhagen or at the ongoing forum. Continue reading Refugee agency decries the little attention being given to the impact of climate change on displacement

Johann Hari: Obama’s robot wars endanger us all

The Independent

The drones have killed some jihadis. But the evidence suggests they create far more jihadis than they kill – and make an attack on me or you more likely with each bomb

Imagine if, an hour from now, a robot-plane swooped over your house and blasted it to pieces. The plane has no pilot. It is controlled with a joystick from 7,000 miles away, sent by the Pakistani military to kill you. It blows up all the houses in your street, and so barbecues your family and your neighbours until there is nothing left to bury but a few charred slops. Why? They refuse to comment. They don’t even admit the robot-planes belong to them. But they tell the Pakistani newspapers back home it is because one of you was planning to attack Pakistan. How do they know? Somebody told them. Who? You don’t know, and there are no appeals against the robot. Continue reading Johann Hari: Obama’s robot wars endanger us all

Chilean Bishops: ‘Let us now work to rescue so many who are in poverty and exclusion’

Independent Catholic News

The Catholic Bishops of Chile issued a statement this morning giving thanks for the rescue of the miners.   Together with a grateful people to the God of Life: With great joy we praise and bless the Lord for the successful rescue of 33 miners, brothers who remained for 68 days trapped in the San José mine in the Atacama region. Continue reading Chilean Bishops: ‘Let us now work to rescue so many who are in poverty and exclusion’

Western lifestyles plundering tropics at record rate, WWF report shows

The Guardian

Living Planet report shows planet’s resources are being used at 1.5 times the rate nature can replace them – but long-term decline of animal life appears to have been halted.

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The Earth’s population is using the equivalent of 1.5 planets’ worth of natural resources, but the long-term decline of animal life appears to have been halted, a WWF report shows.   The latest Living Planet report, published today by the conservation group, also reveals the extent to which modern Western lifestyles are plundering natural resources from the tropics at record levels. Continue reading Western lifestyles plundering tropics at record rate, WWF report shows

Haitian Farmers: Growing Strength to Grow Food

Common Dreams

by Beverly Bell

Addressing an ongoing food crisis. Today, even with imports, more than 2.4 million people out of a population of 9 million are estimated to be food-insecure. Acute malnutrition among children under the age 5 is 9%, and chronic under-nutrition for that age group is 24%. Peasant groups are convinced that, with the necessary investment, Haiti could  produce at least 80% of its food consumption needs; and  Promoting a post-earthquake redevelopment plan that serves the needs of the majority, unlike the one currently promoted by the U.S. and U.N. which is based on the growth of sweatshops Continue reading Haitian Farmers: Growing Strength to Grow Food