“For the first time in the evolution of life on Earth a single species is seriously disrupting the biosphere’s life support systems.
Our future now depends on reshaping our presence within the planet’s community of life.
There is no map to guide us through the uncertain times ahead. Ours will be a learning journey along a path we must invent as we go.
This website is offered as a collaboration tool for creative activists, and engaged artists and thinkers – a space for dialogue about the nature of the transition we face and how we can prepare for it.”
In the shadow of the euro crisis and America’s fiscal cliff, it is easy to ignore the global economy’s long-term problems. But, while we focus on immediate concerns, they continue to fester, and we overlook them at our peril.
The most serious is global warming. While the global economy’s weak performance has led to a corresponding slowdown in the increase in carbon emissions, it amounts to only a short respite. And we are far behind the curve: Because we have been so slow to respond to climate change, achieving the targeted limit of a two-degree (centigrade) rise in global temperature, will require sharp reductions in emissions in the future.
Some suggest that, given the economic slowdown, we should put global warming on the backburner. On the contrary, retrofitting the global economy for climate change would help to restore aggregate demand and growth.
At the same time, the pace of technological progress and globalization necessitates rapid structural changes in both developed and developing countries alike. Such changes can be traumatic, and markets often do not handle them well.
An excellent piece by Eric Ritskes, PhD student in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and a Managing Editor of the Open Access, online journal Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, on the challenge Indigenous scholars face in mediating between making their work accessible, meaningful and timely for Indigenous movements, and the demands of academic publishing.
by Eric Ritskes
I write this piece for those of us who are academics. We trumpet our forward thinking research, yet so often fail to be forward thinking on how we engage with our communities, how we spread our thoughts, and what it means to live out and generate a decolonizing praxis.
How do you envision your role as an academic, particularly in regards to the communities you live in, engage with, and research in/with? Often, academics are described as living in an “ivory tower”, as being cloistered and out of touch with what happens in the daily lives of people who don’t have their scholarly privilege. And, to a large degree, the critics are right. For many of us who work, write, seek, and live out a decolonizing praxis, we often challenge these ivory tower ideals – we desire connection, the back and forth exchange of theory with reality…
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For several weeks now, CBC News has not only covered various Idle No More protests within Canada and beyond, but has also tackled the larger contours and questions that have fuelled the movement.