Common goods 07/04/2014 - Discover what we can learn from different ways of bringing people together to make sense of issues and develop solutions that they can take forward. 06/04/2014 - We're developing a Transeuropa Village with Tate Britain, Millbank Estate TMO and Chelsea College of Art & Design for Europe Day. We're looking for how you'd like to use the space! 04/04/2014 - European Alternatives, Tate Britain, Millbank Estate TMO and Chelsea College of Art & Design are working together to celebrate Europe Day on the 9-10 May 2014 at our "Transeuropa ... 02/04/2014 - If politicians want to try and understand how people live, they need to really step out on the streets and not try and reach out to to Mr & Mrs Average. How does politics engage with voters for the ...
La fin programmée de la civilisation du gâchis. Réflection faite. De quoi est fait notre avenir? Quel avenir pour notre civilisation? Dates d'puisement des ressources naturelles de notre planète. Nous vivons depuis longtemps sur la Terre, une accueillante petite planète d'un système stellaire parmi des milliards de milliards d'autres. Dans un univers qui vient de rien (on parle de fluctuation du vide) et qui a explosé il y a 13,7 milliards d'années, d'après notre dernière datation. Nous en avons conscience et nous nous posons des questions essentielles. Qu'est-ce que la vie ? Est-elle extrêmement répandue dans notre galaxie et dans les cent milliards d'autres, répondant à des lois chimiques universelles ou bien est-ce un phénomène rarissime au point que la Terre soit finalement une exception dans l'univers, l'héritière d'une somme incalculable de hasards tous aussi improbables les uns que les autres ? Tout irait bien dans le meilleur des mondes possibles si nous ne faisions pas les terribles observations suivantes : L'espèce dominante, Homo sapiens, a vaincu toutes les étapes de l'adaptation à toutes sortes de milieux souvent hostiles. 9 milliards d'habitants prévus en 2050.
CrisisCommons letstalkamerica Shortage of Resources for Renewable Energy. UK Government Report Calls for “Strategic Metals” Plan. Not only are supplies of oil and natural gas under imminent threat of failing to meet demand for them, but so is a whole range of precious metals, along with indium, gallium and germanium and other vital elements such as phosphorus and helium, as is discussed throughout this Commentary. A report1 from the Science and Technology Committee, advised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, warns that if the U.K. does not secure supplies of strategic metals, its economic growth will be severely jeopardized. Endangered Elements: Threat to Green Energy. Underpinning the above political agenda, a list2 of "endangered elements" has been published in a new report, including the rare earth elements (REEs), in particular neodymium, production of which, it is reckoned3, will have to increase five-times to build enough magnets for the number of wind-turbines deemed necessary for a fully renewable future. Peak Oil - Peak Minerals. Table 1. Table 2.
Why ? : Un nouveau modèle pour la société du XXIe siècle There are at least four reasons : If the one hundred consortiums, or multinationals, which lead the economic game around the globe organize themselves in networks to accomplish their objectives, why don’t citizens do the same thing ? The political classes don’t manage anything but the short-term - no more than four years ahead at any given time ; they have abandoned anything resembling long-term planning. All the citizens of this planet are uneasy, increasingly realizing they are facing a sitution which seems to be deteriorating ; they want to reclaim an open space for reflection and dialogue. Almost all researchers and intellectuals are « continentalized »; they possess the the embryonic responses, but little in the way of shared or common visions. Several important trends occurring simultaneously will accelerate the changes ] – we will feel the wrath, all at one time, of the planet, the youth, the middle classes and the poor. The Initiative << Home
Change.org Petitions – Online Petitions for Social Change Mary Jacksteit: The Buffalo Case: Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Can Work Together On May 17, 2009 at Notre Dame, President Obama voiced optimism that pro-life and pro-choice partisans can advocate for their causes with passion and conviction without demonizing their opponents, and that they can work together on shared goals such as preventing unintended pregnancies. Fourteen days later, the murder of an abortion provider, Dr. George Tiller, in a Wichita, Kansas church, demonstrates that it will take more than Presidential vision to remove terrorism and violence from the abortion controversy. In 1993 I was co-director of the Network for Life and Choice, a new project of the Washington, DC-based Search for Common Ground. In October of that year, Buffalo abortion provider, Dr. That was just the beginning. The culmination of these activities was a "New Way" agenda to which pro-life and pro-choice leaders committed themselves in front of television cameras. In late 1994, John Salvi shot and killed employees of two reproductive health clinics in Massachusetts.
Debategraph <-- Outline view Paul Hawken describes the challenge of sustainability and activist movements that he sees converging into an unnamed and shapeless 'movement' in his book Blessed Unrest: " ... as yet there has been no coming together of organizations in a united front that can counter the massive scale and power of the global corporations and lobbyists that protect the status quo. ...The as yet undelivered promise of this movement is a network of organizations that offer solutions to disantangle what appear to be insoluble dilemmas: poverty, global climate change, terrorism, ecological degradation, polarization of income, loss of culture, and many more. The world seems to be looking for the big solution, which is itself part of the problem, since the most effective solutions are both local and systemic. Although the groups in the movement are autonomous, the coming together of different organizations to address an array of issues can effectively become a systemic approach.
Boiling frog A frog sitting on a saucepan handle The boiling frog story is a widespread anecdote describing a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually. According to contemporary biologists the premise of the story is not literally true; a frog submerged and gradually heated will jump out. However, some 19th-century experiments suggested that the underlying premise is true, provided the heating is sufficiently gradual. Cultural usage If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will of course frantically try to clamber out. The story has been retold many times and used to illustrate many different points. Scientific background In 2002 Dr.