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The Anthropocene: It’s Not All About Us

The Anthropocene: It’s Not All About Us | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"The Techno-Anthropocene has an Achilles heel: energy (more specifically, the failings of nuclear power). The Lean-Green Anthropocene has one as well: human nature."

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Interesting perspective on the Anthropocene debate by Richard Heinberg but I keep struggling with this new Age of Man narrative. It seems to me as much  a token of our human hybris as a concept with dangerous ideological connotations.

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The global Transition tipping point has arrived - vive la révolution

The global Transition tipping point has arrived - vive la révolution | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: A new post-carbon era dawns as the old fossil fuel system dies. It's time to step up.
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Another must-read top post by the brilliant Nafeez Ahmed but I disagree with his "optimism of the will". Of course there will not be any extinction by 2030 but the transition from the old fossil-fuel and debt-based paradigm to the new 'one-planet economy' will not be without lots of pain and violence. Vive la révolution? Revolutions have a habit of eating their children or heroes, dear Nafeez.

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Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'?

Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system
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Great must-read article in The Guardian.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 15, 2014 2:22 PM

The warning signs are all there.

 

No one of significance is paying attention to it, and the population of humanity remains bogged down in trivial issues.

 

It's funny that the conservative instinct to resist change and take everything for their own small self is the cause of most of the significant changes in our world for the worse.

 

Looks like we're going to have to develop plans for how to dig out of this crater that we're going to fall into.

 

Think about it.

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How, Exactly, Does Trade Bring Prosperity?

How, Exactly, Does Trade Bring Prosperity? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
In America, workers are pressured to accept wage cuts, loss of job security, elimination of pensions, and more shifting of medical costs. Maybe we should start calling free trade agreements "de-industrialization agreements."

 

Interesting editorial on the "free trade" ideology and its social implications in The Huffington Post.

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Jared Diamond: We could be living in a new Stone Age by 2114

Jared Diamond: We could be living in a new Stone Age by 2114 | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The Pulitzer-winning author explains why he adapted his classic book "The Third Chimpanzee" for kids: because we need them to fix our mistakes.
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Must-read from Mother Jones for all those who have the courage to think.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 30, 2014 5:07 PM

Even if these aren't the stakes that we're presently facing, these are the stakes that come with surviving in this universe, on this planet, in this plane of existence.

 

I don't know where we'll be in 100 years.  But what I do know, is that death and destruction is never off the table. 

 

That's just fact.  Take it for whatever you will.

 

Stupid chimps.

 

Think about it.

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Exploring the 'why' behind extreme energy

Exploring the 'why' behind extreme energy | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Thus far the debate around unconventional gas/fracking has focussed on pollution, flammable water, earthquakes, noise, toxic fumes, climate change, etc. As a result people mainly focus on the "what?", or at a local level the "where?", of the issue. My research leads me toward one single question… "why?".
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Smart article on the real reasons behind the fracking myths. "It is economic growth and consumption within a finite environment which are the problem."  Extreme energy will do nothing to stave off the inevitable transition towards a post-growth society.

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The Twilight of Protest

"... the people who will have the most to offer their communities, their societies, and the biosphere that supports all our lives will be those who have the courage, now, to walk away from the consumer economy and its smorgasbord of dubious pleasures, and learn, now, how to get by with less, use their own capacities of body and mind, and work with the patterns and processes of nature. For the time being ... protest can still accomplish goals worth pursuing, especially if activists wake up once again to the power of personal example; over the longer run, though, it’s the change on the individual, family, and community level that so many of today’s activists reject as pointless that have the most to offer the world."

 

Inconvenient musings by John Michael Greer on the demise of organised protest, the need for individual behavioural change, bobos and how the Republicans are preparing the revival of Marxism in the US. An absolute must-read.

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