Archive for June 23rd, 2015

23/06/2015

Then & Now: Launching a “Mind Bomb” to Save the Arctic

Human Wrongs Watch

By Emily Hunter*

22 June 2015 – Staring out at the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean, I feel a sense of past and present colliding. Forty-four years ago in these same waters off Canada’s west coast, my father Robert Hunter and a group of Greenpeace co-founders sailed to stop nuclear testing on the Alaskan island of Amchitka. Today, we have just taken a similar passage on the west coast to disrupt Shell’s plans for drilling in the Arctic this year.

Greenpeace

Greenpeace

For me, staring back at the same waves my father once encountered reminds me that we live a common story.

While these events are separated by time, they are essentially the same struggle. For these are the defining issues of our eras and we are the dreamers that believe we can change them.

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23/06/2015

That Which Is Right vs. the Political Right

Human Wrongs Watch

By Leonardo Boff*

Leonardo Boff

Leonardo Boff

23 Jun 2015I think that in trying to overcome the present crisis (if that is possible) two factors must be seriously considered, otherwise we risk losing everything that we hope for: the collapse of the capitalist order and the limits of the Earth that cannot be exceeded.

Naturally, this relies on hypotheses, but I believe they are well founded.

The first fact: the capitalist system has begun to collapse, which means it has reached its end in two ways: its end in the sense that it has achieved its fundamental purpose: to accumulate private wealth up to extreme limits.

As Thomas Piketty wrote in Capital in the XXI Century: «the few who are on top tend to appropriate a great portion of the national wealth». Today that tendency is not only national, but global.

The data varies from year to year, but in short, they are: that an ever smaller group has and controls the better part of the world’s wealth.

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23/06/2015

New Hope for Avoiding Catastrophic Climate Change

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

The threat of catastrophic climate change requires prompt and dedicated action by the global community. Unless we very quickly make the transition from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy, we will reach a tipping point after which uncontrollable feedback loops could take over, leading to a human-caused 6th geological extinction event.

Photo: Greenpeace

Photo credit: Greenpeace

This might even be comparable to the Permian-Triassic event, during which 96% of all marine species and 70% of terrestrial vertebrates became extinct.

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