Posted by: r.m. | November 17, 2008

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a few quite poignant environmental stories

“First.- Climate change is not the product of human beings in general, but rather the on-going capitalist system, based on unlimited industrial development.  We must do away with the exploitation of human beings and with the pillage of our natural resources.  The north needs to pay the ecological debt, rather than the countries paying the external debt.

Second. – War brings profits to empires, transnational corporations and a group of families, but implies death, destruction and poverty for the peoples.  The trillions of dollars destined for war should be invested in the Earth wounded by abuse and over-exploitation.

Third. – Relations of co-existence and not of submission among the countries of the world needs to be achieved, free of imperialism or colonialism.  Bilateral and multilateral relations are necessary because we favor a culture of dialog and of social conviviality.

Fourth. – Water is a human right and for all living creatures on the planet.  One can live without electricity but not without water.  Water is life.  It is not possible to tolerate policies that permit the privatization of water.  We need an international convention on water to protect the sources of water as a human right and to avoid privatization.

Fifth. –  The development of clean energies friendly to nature will do away with the energy crisis.  In 100 years we are using up fossil energies created during millions of years.  Avoid the promotion of agro-fuels.  Lands cannot be set aside for the functioning of luxury cars in the place of food production for human beings.

Sixth. – No “expert” or specialist can debate with indigenous leaders about respect for the Mother Earth.  The indigenous movement ought to explain to other social sectors, urban and rural, that the earth is our mother.

Seventh. – Basic services, such as water, electricity, education, health, communication and transportation should be considered as human rights.  They cannot be made private businesses since they are public services.

Eighth. –  Consume what is needed, prioritize what we produce and consume locally. Put an end to consumerism, decadence and luxury.  It is not comprehensible that a few persons seek only luxury at the expense of millions who are deprived of a decent life.  While millions of people die each year from hunger, in other parts of the world millions of dollars are dedicated to combating obesity.

Ninth. – Promote the diversity of cultures and economies.  The indigenous movement that has always been excluded is betting on unity in diversity.  A plurinational State, where everyone is included within the State, whites, brown, black and red.

Tenth. –  It is nothing new to Live Well.  It is simply a matter of recovering the life ways of our forebears and end with the kind of thinking that encourages individualistic egoism and the thirst for luxury.  Live well is not to live better at the expense of others.  We need to build a communitarian socialism in harmony with the Mother Earth.”

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  1. What comes around goes around…. We’re creating a toxic environment for ourselves and others, all for greed and comfort-seeking. At some point, we’re going to become an agrarian society again and when that day comes, let’s hope there’s some land left to farm.

  2. Today I have a roomful of old computers and a few monitors, most of them perfectly functional, and boxes full of old RAM chips, hard drives, floppy drives, etc., many containing actual gold plating as well as a host of other potentially valuable materials if only someone could figure out how to beneficially recycle them. I know they are potentially environmentally toxic (for example, by burning off the plastic insulation to sell the copper wiring…)


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