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‘Humans v nature: our long and destructive journey to the age of extinction’
‘A replica of cave paintings in Chauvet cave, France, created around 36,000 years ago. More than 178 species of megafauna are estimated to have been driven to extinction between 52,000 and 9,000BC.'- Photo: Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images/ via The Guardian
‘The story of the damage done to the world’s biodiversity is a tale of decline spanning thousands of years. Can the world seize its chance to change the narrative?’
‘More than 10,000 scientists, government officials and activists will gather in Montreal this week for the world’s most important biodiversity conference, eager to hammer out a deal to stem habitat loss around the world and preserve sensitive ecosystems.
‘The UN Cop15 biodiversity summit opens on Tuesday (6 Dec 2022), and will see countries negotiate this decade’s targets for protecting nature after more than two years of pandemic-related delays and just over two weeks since the end of the Cop27 climate meeting in Egypt…’- Leyland Cecco, writing for the Age of extinction, The Guardian.
‘A million animal and plant species are perilously close to extinction.
Their fate and ours are intimately connected.’- The Guardian
‘In an essay entitled The Sense of Wonder, the American conservationist Rachel Carson suggested two questions to make us think more deeply about our natural environment. “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?”
'Published in 1955, Carson’s call to mindfulness was influential in the burgeoning postwar environmental movement. But despite campaigners’ best efforts, the sense of jeopardy lurking within her second question is now acute. Wild animal populations are declining annually by about 2.5% as a result of habitat loss, invasive species, pollution, climate change, overfishing and overhunting. Since 1970, overall numbers are down by 69%. Livestock and the human beings who farm them now account for 96% of all the mammals on Earth. The Sumatran tiger, the Bornean orangutan and the hellbender salamander are among the million animal and plant species judged perilously close to extinction.
'In Canada this week, conservationists will attempt to persuade the world’s governments to summon up the will to address this crisis. Like the climate emergency, it is the direct consequence of human activity, but has nothing like the same high profile. The Montreal Cop15 summit – which begins on Wednesday – is part of the wider Cop process launched in 1992, when the United Nations established three separate conventions on climate change, biodiversity and desertification. But since then, despite 196 nations signing up for action, the record on biodiversity has been one of lamentable failure. Of 20 targets set at the last major summit in Japan in 2010 – ranging from tackling pollution to protecting coral reefs – none were fully met. In the recent words of Andrew Terry, the director of conservation at the Zoological Society of London, “absolutely no progress has been made” in slowing the rate of species attrition.
'There is no coming back from extinction, so Montreal is an opportunity that the planet cannot afford to miss. But a paradigm shift is required to make progress…’- Editorial, The Guardian
See also: IN MEMORY OF RACHEL CARSON
N.B. The GCGI has, since its foundation in 2002, has been at the forefront of the struggles to highlight, address and suggest sustainable policies to heal, nurture, protect and save our environment.
Thus, to celebrate the works of Cop15 and to highlight the urgency of this project to heal and save our home, our mother nature and our sacred earth, I very much wish to note a selection of postings from our GCGI archive:
'Earth Is A Mother Who Never Dies’- A saying from the Diné (or Navajo) people
'Quite simply, Gaia is life. She is all, the very soul of the earth. She is a goddess who, by all accounts, inhabits the planet,
offering life and nourishment to all her children. In the ancient civilizations, she was revered as mother, nurturer and giver of life. It’s she who created and sustained us, and to whom we returned upon death.'-Greeting Goddess Gaia Image via Mystic Investigations
'We are an integral part of Nature, which we cherish, revere and preserve in all its magnificent beauty and diversity. We strive to live in harmony with Nature locally and globally. We acknowledge the inherent value of all life, human and non-human, and treat all living beings with compassion and respect.'
'In the absence of the sacred, nothing is sacred. Everything is for sale.' - Oren R. Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle clan
Imagining and Taking Action to Build a Better World
…And Being Transformed by Nature
The Wisdom of Mother Nature belongs to all Life.
Let be guided and inspired by Her and Save the Web of Life
The Tree of Wisdom, Old whimsical tree in the Wicklow forest, Ireland.- Photo by Jenny Rainbow
'Be like the sun for grace and mercy.
Be like the night to cover others’ faults.
Be like running water for generosity.
Be like death for rage and anger.
Be like the Earth for modesty.
Appear as you are.
Be as you appear.'- Rumi
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Neoliberal Economics: A Theater of the Absurd and Absurdity
Global Standardised Economics Education:
Teaching pearls of Wisdom or Indoctrination and Propaganda?
“There is no correlation between ethics and economics”- Lord Kalms’ letter to the Times (08/03/2011): Ethics boys
Sir, Around 1991 I offered the London School of Economics a grant of £1 million to set up a Chair in Business Ethics. John Ashworth, at that time the Director of the LSE, encouraged the idea but had to write to me to say, regretfully, that the faculty had rejected the offer as it saw no correlation between ethics and economics. Quite. Lord Kalms, House of Lords
‘ECONOMICS is “not a ‘gay science,” wrote Thomas Carlyle in 1849. No, it is “a dreary, desolate, and indeed quite abject and distressing one; what we might call, by way of eminence, the dismal science.”
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To All my fellow Academic Progressive and Values-led Economists and All other Stakeholders
It is Our Responsibility and Duty to Highlight The Destructive Ways and the Falsehood of the Neoliberal, Thatcheroreagonomics and Economists
What we teach our students in the name of economics must change. It must change if it is to play a constructive role in solving the multiple and multi-dimensional crises that so engulf our world, our species, the fabric of human community, relationship, and the web of life. We are running out of time. If our field does not change, if we do not revisit the rich and fertile soil in which our field was born, that being moral philosophy amid the broader questions of human existence, meaning, and ecology, then not only will we have retreated from the chance to play a constructive role in solving these crises, we will inherit well deserved scorn and contempt. The opportunity is upon us. Let us seize it. Carpe Diem!
From Reagan to Trump and from Thatcher to Truss, these here today, gone tomorrow destroyers had one thing in common: