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Entering into the future: The Planetary Context

February 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Robert Gilman completed a PhD in astrophysics at Berkeley in 1969 and gradually got more interested and involved in work on global sustainability. He has made a strong contribution in thinking on how we can enter the future as successful as possible.

In one of his recent presentations, dr. Robert Gilman shows us how we are entering into a new context. By looking back through the history, he shows us how we have moved from the tribal age and into the age of empires. We are now taking the next step into what he refer to as the planetary era. Several factors have and will contribute to these changes, including many of the global challenges we are facing. One of his key points is also the importance of working to make the transition periods as painless as possible – both in a short and in a long perspective – to avoid unfortunate consequences and burdens when we enter the new era.

The presentation is very inspiring and can be warmly recommend:

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Når vi trer inn i en ny tidsalder: The Planetary Context

February 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Robert Gilman tok en doktorgrad i astrofysikk før han begynte å jobbe stadig mer med global bærekraft. Han har gjort et stort og viktig bidrag i å bidra til å skissere konturene av framtiden og hvordan vi best mulig kan tre inn i den.

I en av sine presentasjoner viser Robert Gilman hvordan vi er i ferd med å bevege oss inn i en ny tidsalder. Ved å se tilbake gjennom historien, viser han at vi har beveget oss først fra stammesamfunnenes tidsalder og inn imperienes tidsalder. Vi er nå i ferd med å ta det neste skrittet inn i det han betegner som den planetariske tidsalder. En rekke faktorer har bidratt og vil bidra videre til disse endringene – inkludert mange av de globale utfordringene vi idag møter. Et av de viktige poengene er også viktigheten av å gjøre overgangsperiodene minst mulig smertefulle – både på kort og lang sikt – slik at vi ikke trekker med oss uheldige konsekvenser når vi trer inn i en ny tidsalder.

Presentasjonen er svært inspirerende og anbefales på det varmeste:

Eksperter støtter De Grønne i at det er tid for å fase ut fossilalderen

August 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Flere eksperter og økonomer støtter Miljøpartiet De Grønne sitt forslag om å starte en gradvis omstilling fra fossilsamfunnet vi i dag lever i. En av ekspertene er Karen Helene Ulltveit-Moe som er professor ved Økonomisk institutt ved Universitetet i Oslo, som sier at “det er vanskelig å kickstarte andre næringer den dagen oljen tar slutt eller den ikke lenger er lønnsom å hente opp.” Et annet aspekt som advares mot, blant annet av Roger Bjørnstad, sjefsøkonom i Samfunnsøkonomisk analyse, er faren ved å legge alle eggene i en kurv – slik Norge i stor grad gjør idag.

Dette er i tråd med politikken til Miljøpartiet De Grønne som har en plan for å bygge 100 000 nye klimajobber i Norge de neste 20 årene, innen blant annet havvind, jernbane, og solenergi. Ved å legge til rette for grønn innovasjon og gründervirksomhet, vil vi ikke bare spare klima og miljø, men også skape fremtidige arbeidsplasser og et mangfoldig næringsliv. Dette vil bidra til å kunne gjøre at fossilalderen kan trappes smertefritt ned og gi en ny og bærekraftig framtid. Der dagens regjering i stor grad har drevet symbolpolitikk inkludert satsningen mot den såkalte “Månelandingen” på Mongstad, vil De Grønne satse betydelig  mer og bredere.

Vil du være med å skape et slikt samfunn, vil din støtte i Stortingsvalget være viktig. Hvorfor ikke bli med å skape et grønt gjennombrudd?

Ønsker vi fordømmelse fra våre etterkommere?

Klimamarkering på Fløyen 23. februar 2013.  Bilde ved Lars Fadnes, CC-BY-NC-2.0

Klimamarkering på Fløyen 23. februar 2013.
Bilde ved Lars T Fadnes, CC-BY-NC-2.0

Professorene Sigmund Hågvar og Arne Johan Vetlesen stiller et viktig spørsmål i sin kronikk i Aftenposten 21.juni. Spørsmålet er stilt på vegne av kommende generasjoner til oss som lever i dag: «Hvorfor gjorde du ikke mer mens det ennå var tid, gitt kunnskapen som fantes?» Som de fleste av oss nå er klar over, er klimaet i endring og påvirker verden idag. Ser vi framover er klimaendringene varslet å få dramatiske konsekvenser for framtiden – med mindre det gjøres en større kursendring. Mange eksperter anser klimaendringene som den største trusselen mot helse i dette århundret.

Spørsmålet er derfor om vi med åpne øyne vil fortsette i samme kurs som vi gjør idag og forberede oss på de ubehagelige spørsmålene og konsekvensene som vil møte oss i nær framtid, eller om vi heller vil skape et bedre og bærekraftig samfunn. Hva kan vi da gjøre? Skal vi komme i mål er det behov for både personlige og politiske endringer. Hver og en av oss må gjøre en innsats i å forme sin livsstil på en måte som bidrar til å best mulig vare på jorden, medmennesker og medskapninger og framtiden. (Les gjerne mer om dette i tidsskriftet Bærekraftig helse.) Samtidig trengs det politiske endringer for å gjøre det lettere å leve på en slik måte og gjøre at det blir mindre attraktivt å ødelegge livsgrunnlaget. Det er dette som er kjernen i grønn politikk og bakgrunnen for at Miljøpartiet De Grønne nå er i ferd med å innta Stortinget.

Skal vi lykkes i skape kursendringene må vi være mange som står sammen. Vi trenger derfor innsats fra både deg og meg. Da blir det lettere for oss å møte spørsmålene i framtiden og kunne fortelle at vi gjorde hva vi kunne.

Materiell vekst er ikke tjenlig

Seier for biene er en seier for verden

May 2, 2013 1 comment

Når EU nå har vedtatt forbud mot bruk av neonicotinoide sprøytemidler, er dette god grunn til å feire. Dette er en stor seier for biene som har vært svært hard rammet de siste årene med kraftig reduksjon i antall. Kraftige reduksjon i biebestandene er ikke bare et tap for biene – det er også et tap for verden. Biene har en svært viktig rolle i pollinering av planter. Albert Einstein sa derfor

If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.

Det er derfor gledelig at EU har trosset mektige selskapers interesser og lyttet til forskere.

Dear amazing Avaaz community,

We did it — Europe just banned bee-killing pesticides!! Mega-corporations like Bayer threw everything they had at this, but people-power, science and good governance came out on top!!

Avaaz bee die in, Germany
Bee “die in” at Bayer’s headquarters, Cologne

Vanessa Amaral-Rogers from the specialist conservation organisation Buglife, says:

“It was a close vote, but thanks to a massive mobilisation by Avaaz members, beekeepers, and others, we won! I have no doubt that the floods of phonecalls and emails to ministers, the actions in London, Brussels and Cologne, and the giant petition with 2.6 million signers made this result possible. Thank you Avaaz, and everyone who worked so hard to save bees!”

Bees pollinate two thirds of all our food — so when scientists noticed that silently, they were dying at a terrifying rate, Avaaz swung in to action, and we kept on swinging until we won. This week’s victory is the result of two years of flooding ministers with messages, organizing media-grabbing protests with beekeepers, funding opinion polls and much, much more. Here’s how we did it, together:

    • Keeping France strong. In January 2011, 1 million people sign our call to France to uphold its ban on deadly neonicotinoid pesticides. Avaaz members and beekeepers meet the French agriculture minister and fill the airwaves, pressing him to face down fierce industry lobbying and keep the ban, sending a strong signal to other European countries.
Bernie in Brussels
Bernie, the huge inflatable bee, helps deliver our 2.6m strong petition to Brussels
    • Tackling industry head on. Bayer has faced Avaaz and allies protesting at its last three annual meetings. The pesticide giant’s managers and investors are welcomed by beekeepers, loud buzzing, and massive banners with our 1 million plus call on them to suspend use of neonicotinoids until scientists reviewed their effect on bees. Avaaz even makes a presentation inside the meeting, but Bayer says ‘no’.
    • Making the science count. In January the European Food Safety Agency finds that three pesticides pose unacceptable risks to bees, and we jump in to ensure Europe’s politicians respond to their scientific experts. Our petition quickly grows to 2 million signatures. After many talks with EU decision-makers, Avaaz delivers our call right to the EU HQ in Brussels. Later that same day, the Commission proposes a two-year ban!
March of beekeepers
Beekeepers help deliver our massive petition to Downing Street
  • Seizing our chance. The battle to save the bees heats up in February and March. Across the EU, Avaaz members are ready to respond as all 27 EU countries decide whether to welcome or block the proposal. When farming giants UK and Germany say they won’t vote yes, Avaaz publishes public opinion polls showing huge majorities of Brits and Germans in favour of the ban. Avaaz members also send almost half a million emails to EU Agriculture Ministers.Apparently afraid of dealing with citizens rather than industry lobbyists, UK minister Owen Paterson complains of a “cyber-attack”, which journalists turn into a story in our favour! And then comes Bernie — our 6 metre bee in Brussels — a powerful visual way to deliver our petition as negotiations enter the final stages.Journalists flock to Bernie, and we hear we’ve helped get the Spanish ministry to look harder at the science and shift position . But we didn’t get the majority we needed to pass the ban.< /li>
    Bernie in The Independent
    Bernie the bee featured in The Independent
  • Turning the red light green. In April the bee-saving proposal is sent to an Appeals Committee, giving us a glimmer of hope if we can switch a few more countries’ positions. In the final sprint, Avaaz teams up with groups including Environmental Justice Foundation, Friends of the Earth and Pesticides Action Network, plus beekeepers and famous bee-loving fashion designers to organise an action outside the UK Parliament. In Germany, beekeepers launch their own Avaaz petition to their government, signed by over 150,000 Germans in just two days and delivered in Cologne soon after. More phone calls rain down on ministries in different capitals as Avaaz responds to a last-minute wrecking amendment by Hungary, and positions Bernie the bee again in Brussels. Pesticide companies buy adverts in the airport to catch arriving officials, and take to the airwaves suggesting other measures such as planting wild flowers. But their slick messaging machine is ignored, first Bulgaria then — the big prize — Germany switch their stances and this week we win, with over half of EU countries voting for the ban!
It’s been a long haul, to get this win, and it wouldn’t have been possible without scientists, specialists, sympathetic officials, beekeepers and our campaign partners. We can be proud of what we’ve helped to accomplish together.One strong bees advocate, Paul de Zylva, head of the Pesticides and Pollinators Unit at Friends of the Earth said:

“Thanks to millions of Avaaz members who mobilised online and in the streets. Without a doubt Avaaz’s massive petition and creative campaigning helped push this over the edge, complementing our work and that of other NGOs.”

It’s time to celebrate this breathing space for one of the earth’s most precious and important creatures. But the EU ban is only in place for 2 years pending further review. And around the world bees continue to die from the pesticides which weaken and confuse them, as well as from loss of habitat as we plough up and build over the countryside. In Europe and across the world there’s lots of work to do to ensure sound science guides our farming and environmental policies. And we’re just the community for the job. 🙂

With hope and happiness,

Ricken, Iain, Joseph, Emily, Alex, Michelle, Aldine, Julien, Anne, Christoph and the rest of the Avaaz team

PS: Let’s keep this going — chip in to ensure we can launch rapid-fire, multi-tactic campaigns on the issues we all care about: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/bees_victory/?bRuKtbb&v=24665

PPS: Many Avaaz campaigns — like the German beekeeper one this month — are started by individuals or groups of members. Just click here to see how easy it is to start yours right now: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?rba13

SOURCES

The bees story, and Avaaz’s role, have been mentioned in hundreds of articles. Here’s a small selection:

EU bans pesticides over bee fears (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/video/2013/04/29/eu-bans-pesticides-over-bee-fears?videoId=242537247&videoChannel=5

Bee-harming pesticides escape proposed European ban (The Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/15/bee-harming-pesticides-escape-european-ban

EU says it will push through better bee protections after members disagree over pesticides (Washington Post)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/eu-says-it-will-push-through-better-bee-protections-after-members-disagree-over-pesticides/2013/04/29/eea31ecc-b0d4-11e2-9fb1-62de9581c946_story.html

Save the bees: Protesters swarm around Parliament in support of pesticides ban (Mirror)
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/save-bees-protesters-swarm-around-1855996

Historic vote to ban neonicotinoid pesticides blamed for huge decline in bees (The Independent)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/historic-vote-to-ban-neonicotinoid-pesticides-blamed-for-huge-decline-in-bees-8591807.html

EU to ban pesticides linked to bee decline (Al Jazeera)
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/04/2013429133837540126.html

European Union imposes ban on pesticides linked to bee deaths (RFI)
http://www.english.rfi.fr/environment/20130429-european-union-imposes-ban-pesticides-linked-bee-deaths

EU to ban bee-killing pesticides (EU Observer)
http://euobserver.com/environment/119979

Time to re-discover the importance of the soil

The soil and its resources is often taken for granted. If used unresponsibly our soil can be diminished substantially. It is time to learn a bit more about our soil and how to preserve it well. Use 5 minutes of your time to see the excellent animation below:


This animated film tells the reality of soil resources around the world, covering the issues of degradation, urbanization, land grabbing and overexploitation; the film offers options to make the way we manage our soils more sustainable.
For more information visit globalsoilweek.org

By: Uli Henrik Streckenbach, Ronny Schmidt, Maik Lochmann, Andrea Abendroth, Marcus Illgenstein, Robin Merrill, Martin Langenbach and Christoph Wieczorek. IASS Potsdam.