Leading a green lifestyle could help us be more satisfied

People will need to lead less materialistic lifestyles if we are to transition to a green economy, but the challenge in changing actual behaviours and lifestyles lies in overcoming our ingrained notions about consumption, success and happiness.

That’s according to Ricardo García Mira from the University of A Coruña in Spain, who is leading an EU-funded project looking at how to encourage people to behave in a pro-environmental manner.

How will our individual lifestyles have to change over the next 10 years if we are serious about reducing climate change?

Sourced through Scoop.it from: horizon-magazine.eu

Another example of the great research done by EU institutions, which never then never reaches policymakers. How can we change this?


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There’s no perfect answer to the migrant crisis – and we must face that

The right wing is cruel to reject the humanity of those whose lives depend on our succour. Yet the pro-refugee politicians will not win the day if they fail to address the deeper causes of the crisis. Accepting the refugees today has to be accompanied by a rapid end to the Syrian war; an end to the US-led wars of regime change; more cooperation in the UN security council; and long-term investments in sustainable development. The flood of refugees will abate to a manageable level only when people everywhere, including in poor and unstable regions, see a safe future for themselves and their children in their home countries.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.theguardian.com

One of the best analyses yet of the migrant crisis by Jeffrey Sachs

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”Plan X”: Former Greek Finance Minister on the Movement to Democratize Europe

Europe emerged as a cartel of heavy industry. It began with steel and coal, and then they co-opted the farmers, then they co-opted the bankers, and then the car industry and then eventually the service industries, and so on and so forth. It was an attempt to create stable prices, to limit competition, the opposite of the raison d’etre of the British state and of course the American state. So the idea was to stabilise prices and to stop the clash between German industry, French industry, northern Italian industry, Dutch industry – that kind of thing.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.truth-out.org

Interesting Varoufakis interview, good analysis but vague on substance as to how to democratise the EU

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Eurozone crosses Rubicon as Portugal’s anti-euro Left banned from power

“Europe’s socialists face a dilemma. They are at last waking up to the unpleasant truth that monetary union is an authoritarian Right-wing enterprise that has slipped its democratic leash, yet if they act on this insight in any way they risk being prevented from taking power.

Brussels really has created a monster.”

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.telegraph.co.uk

Portugal: austerity trumps democracy – the next stage after Greece. Who is next?

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Marxism and Ecology: Common Fonts of a Great Transition

This essay unearths the deep ecological roots of Marx’s thought, showing how he brought an environmental perspective to bear on the overarching question of social transformation. From there, it traces the evolution of Marxian ecology, illuminating its profound, formative link to modern ecological economics and systems ecology. It concludes by discussing the wider project of building a social movement broad and deep enough to halt and reverse ecological and social destruction.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.resilience.org

Excellent analysis of the Marxist basis for the social-ecological transition.

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Towards a social-ecological transition. Solidarity in the age of environmental challenge

The primary aim of this short guide is to tie the ecological transition firmly to the simultaneous demand for social progress. As the authors see it, such social progress must be erected upon the tripod of equality, employment and social protection. These are the three pillars of the edifice required to produce a social-ecological transition. Simply put, the social-ecological transition answers environmental change with social progress.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.etui.org

Very good new guide by Philippe Pochet (ETUI) and Eloi Laurent (OFCE) on the need to link the ecological transition to the social justice agenda

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Death to ‘austerity’. Long live sustainable abundance!

Greens are united in opposing neoliberal ‘austerity’, write Rupert Read & Sandy Irvine. But there’s another kind of austerity to which we are committed – that of living within ecological limits. But base the transition on social, economic and environmental justice, and there will be nothing austere about it. The future we’re working for is one of sustainable, life-enhancing abundance.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.theecologist.org

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Common Wealth Trusts: Structures of Transition

Organizing common wealth so that markets respect its co-inheritors and co-beneficiaries requires the creation of common wealth trusts, legally accountable to future generations. These trusts would have authority to limit usage of threatened ecosystems, charge for the use of public resources, and pay per capita dividends. Designing and creating a suite of such trusts would counterbalance profit-seeking activity, slow the destruction of nature, and reduce inequality.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.greattransition.org

Brilliant article on the REAL structural changes our society needs.

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”Casino Capitalism”: Economist Michael Hudson on What’s Behind the Stock Market’s Roller-Coaster Ride

the real problem is that we’re in a nonrecovery in America, and Europe is in an absolute class war of austerity. That’s what the eurozone is, an austerity zone. So that’s not growing. And that’s really what’s happening. And all that you saw on Monday was just sort of like a shift, tectonic shift, is people realizing, “Well, the game is up, it’s time to get out.” And once a few people want to get out, everybody sees the game’s up.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.truth-out.org

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