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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Slavoj Zizek: Rumsfeld and the bees

Slavoj Zizek: Rumsfeld and the bees | real utopias | Scoop.it
Slavoj Zizek: How to explain the global plunge in hive populations? Look to the unknown knowns
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Oil firm leaves after Peru protests

Oil firm leaves after Peru protests | real utopias | Scoop.it
An Argentine oil company says it is withdrawing from an area of the Peruvian Amazon after four days of protests against environmental damage.
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Wild Elephants Could Disappear Within A Generation

Wild Elephants Could Disappear Within A Generation | real utopias | Scoop.it
The slaughter of Africa's elephants and the illegal trade in ivory in China are "out of control."
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Salvaging the planet's environment - Daily Times

Salvaging the planet's environment - Daily Times | real utopias | Scoop.it
The last few decades have seen the question of the environment pushed to the forefront on a world scale. The ‘green parties’ in Europe and donor-funded NGOs in the developing world have championed this ‘agenda’ predominantly.
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5 Ways to Stop the World's Wildlife Vanishing - The Epoch Times

5 Ways to Stop the World's Wildlife Vanishing - The Epoch Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

Full marks to colleagues at the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London for the “Living Planet Report 2014″ and its headline message, which one hopes ought to shock the world out of its complacency: a 52 percent decline of wildlife populations in the past 40 years.

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Ecology and Politics in the 21st Century - CounterPunch

Ecology and Politics in the 21st Century - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

Edited by CounterPunch regular Alexander Reid Ross and newly published by AK Press, Grabbing Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab assembles a formidable collection of articles and reports written by scholars and activists from North and South alike who are concerned with the distressing acceleration of massive land-expropriations executed by capitalist interests in recent years. Otherwise known as the “New Scramble for Africa,” the “New Great Game,” or the “Global Land Rush,” the global land grab has involved the acquisition by foreign power-groups of anywhere between 56 and 203 million hectares of lands belonging to Southern societies since the turn of the millennium. The corporations responsible for this massive privatization scheme hail from both wealthy and middle-income countries: India, South Korea, Israel, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, China, and the U.S., among others.

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America Has a Scary Sewage Problem: Let's Clean It Up and Jumpstart the Economy While We're At It

America Has a Scary Sewage Problem: Let's Clean It Up and Jumpstart the Economy While We're At It | real utopias | Scoop.it

tormwater management is an opportunity to stem a crisis and move toward a sustainable future.

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A concise Marxist view on ecology and history - Green Left Weekly

A concise Marxist view on ecology and history - Green Left Weekly | real utopias | Scoop.it
A concise Marxist view on ecology and history Green Left Weekly It explores not just the periods of change between different modes of production, such as the transition from feudalism to capitalism, but also the ecological and social devastation...
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Indigenous protesters occupy Peru's biggest Amazon oilfield

Indigenous protesters occupy Peru's biggest Amazon oilfield | real utopias | Scoop.it

Around 500 Achuar indigenous protesters have occupied Peru’s biggest oil field in the Amazon rainforest near Ecuador to demand the clean-up of decades of contamination from spilled crude oil.

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Martin Empson's 'Land and Labour': A Marxist view of ecology and human history - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Martin Empson's 'Land and Labour': A Marxist view of ecology and human history - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it

April 4, 2014 -- Climate & Capitalism, posted at Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal with permission -- With several serious global environmental crises bearing down on us, the question of our age must be “what can we do?” Martin Empson urges us to look into the past and into the future for answers in his new book, Land and Labour. His message is that human destruction of its environment is not inevitable, although it is very likely if we don’t draw upon the best and worst examples from humanity’s diverse experience.

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Noam Chomsky "Ecology, Ethics, and Anarchism" (28 March 2014)

Noam Chomsky interviewed by Javier Sethness Castro at MIT on 28 March 2014. The conversation revolves around the present and future role of anarchism, anarcho-syndicalism, and indigenous struggle in terms of the profound ecological crisis we confront today as a result of capitalist hegemony.

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Noam Chomsky: Ecology, Ethics, Anarchism

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There can be little doubt about the centrality and severity of the environmental crisis in the present day. Driven by the mindless "grow-or-die" imperative of capitalism, humanity's destruction of the biosphere has reached and even surpassedvarious critical thresholds, whether in terms of carbon emissions, biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, freshwater depletion, or chemical pollution. Extreme weather events can be seen pummeling the globe, from the Philippines — devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in November of last year — to California, which is presently suffering from the worst drought in centuries. As Nafeez Ahmed has shown, a recently published study funded in part by NASA warns of impending civilizational collapse without radical changes to address social inequality and overconsumption. Truthout's own Dahr Jamail has written a number of critical pieces lately that have documented the profundity of the current trajectory toward anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) and global ecocide: In a telling metaphor, he likens the increasingly mad weather patterns brought about by ACD to an electrocardiogram of a "heart in defibrillation."

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Richard Smith to speak on capitalism and the global ecological threat - The Vancouver Observer

Richard Smith to speak on capitalism and the global ecological threat - The Vancouver Observer | real utopias | Scoop.it

Richard Smith is a leading writer on the economic imperatives that are driving the global capitalist economic system and the consequences for planet Earth’s ecology and human society. A resident of New York, he will speak next week at public forums in Vancouver, Victoria and Gabriola Island about his research and his forthcoming book, ‘To Save the Human, Turn the World Upside Down’.


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ALEC Plans Massive Environmental Attack For 2014

ALEC Plans Massive Environmental Attack For 2014 | real utopias | Scoop.it

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has a big year ahead of them, as they attempt to dismantle a slew of environmental protections from state to state.  More specifically, the corporate front group is hoping to pass dirty energy friendly legislation to ease the rules for electric utilities.

 

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Beyond Green and Beyond Capitalism - Socialism or Your Money ...

Beyond Green and Beyond Capitalism - Socialism or Your Money ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

“Our best scientists are telling us that to save the humans, for a start, we need to virtually shut down the coal industry, drastically reduce production of fossil fuels and phase out many toxic chemicals as quickly as possible. But, how can we do this under capitalism?...

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Green Capitalism: The God That Failed - Truth-Out

Green Capitalism: The God That Failed - Truth-Out | real utopias | Scoop.it

The results are in: No amount of "green capitalism" will be able to ensure the profound changes we must urgently make to prevent the collapse of civilization from the catastrophic impacts of global warming.


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Objective Ecological Value

Objective Ecological Value | real utopias | Scoop.it
This is a sketch of a partial value theory that I've been developing while completing my book Posthuman Life. If there are similar theories out there, I'd be grateful for links to bibdata so that I can properly acknowledge them!
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Strategies to Stop Climate Change

Strategies to Stop Climate Change | real utopias | Scoop.it

We will have to replace capitalism with a system that is democratically planned to decide on priorities for production and consumption, with working people—the producers of goods and services and, thus, most tangible wealth—playing a very key role.  Our system will be planned to eliminate the incredible waste of  capitalism—including war. Crucially, it will be planned to harmonize with the ecology we are all a part of.

 
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Saving the Environment is too Important to Leave to Capitalists - Dissident Voice

Saving the Environment is too Important to Leave to Capitalists - Dissident Voice | real utopias | Scoop.it
Saving the Environment is too Important to Leave to Capitalists Dissident Voice Rather than bemoan, but accept, the culture that rulers imposed on the working class, social democrats, anarchists and communists instead talked and listened to their...
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SSPP Blog: From Activists to Big Corporations, Doing the Hard Work of Sustainability: The Fuller Symposium (Part 2)

SSPP Blog: From Activists to Big Corporations, Doing the Hard Work of Sustainability: The Fuller Symposium (Part 2) | real utopias | Scoop.it
The worldwide movement toward sustainability has numerous actors, many seemingly at odds, yet with at least some similar aims. Last week’s blog covered community- and incentives-based programs discussed at the Fuller Science for Nature Symposium on communities and conservation around the globe that was held in Washington, DC on November 13th. This week, I examine global activists and big corporations, players that act with a global scope in mind. While activists occupy a lofty realm guided by a pure morality, corporations are pragmatic and self-interested. Yet the contributions of both are needed for the planet to have any hope of developing toward a sustainable future. While heterogeneous, many of the symposium’s presentations discussed the need for local activism, global thinking, and the precarious balance between the two. If anything, the overall symposium leaned in favor of the local, of multiple individual actors doing the right thing and learning from each other, without the need for strong global governance mechanisms. The effect is that of an orchestra of skilled musicians, improvising, responding, and learning from each other, yet without any sort of conductor arranging the various parts, from governments to NGOs to activists to corporations. 
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The road to harmony between humans and Nature lies in a philosophical revolution - Interview with Pr. J. Baird Callicott | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

The road to harmony between humans and Nature lies in a philosophical revolution - Interview with Pr. J. Baird Callicott | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | real utopias | Scoop.it
The American environmental philosopher J. Baird Callicott replies to questions of the Global Environmental Team of UNESCO's Social and Human Sciences Sector in light of his conference “Narratives and Building Environmental Responsibility” which took place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 4 June 2012.
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'Growth imperative' versus 'climate imperative' - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

'Growth imperative' versus 'climate imperative' - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it

November 3, 2013 -- Climate and Capitalism -- Attempts to use capitalist markets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ignore the fact that fossil fuels are the lifeblood of the capitalist economy, and the strongest forces in the market are fossil fuel producers

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Rethinking the Role of Business in Solving Environmental Problems

Rethinking the Role of Business in Solving Environmental Problems | real utopias | Scoop.it

This is social entrepreneurship on a grand scale and it works. Through our work, 4,000 companies globally are now disclosing their environmental and social performance each year in public reports. We teamed up with investors to get the Securities and Exchange Commission to require mandatory climate risk disclosure by public companies. We’ve opened the way for chief sustainability officers joining the “C” suite at Fortune 500s and mainstream investors integrating sustainability factors into their investment decisions.

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How Tides Canada Controls the Secret North American Tar Sands Coalition - CounterPunch

How Tides Canada Controls the Secret North American Tar Sands Coalition - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

Before Tzeporah Berman began her current position as head of the North American Tar Sands Coalition, Tides Canada had already established these structures to create near-total control over budgets– and therefore, most decisions– for staggering numbers of organizations. Berman was around at the time, working for PowerUp pushing forward offsets garnered by river destruction. Some of the participant organizations already had working partnerships with multiple tar sands producers. The over-whelming majority were already greased by primarily high donors and foundations. Thus, joining the NATSC meant, essentially, double dipping.

 
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation