This article is excerpted from a white paper of the same title published in December 2020 by r3.0 (Redesign for Resilience & Regeneration). The piece makes the case that the current form of capitalism is fatally flawed, as it focuses exclusively on the growth and concentration of a single capital – financial capital – and that the very survival of the human species depends on transitioning from the Monocapitalism to Multicapitalism, which focuses on dynamic balance between the capitals, respecting their carrying capacity thresholds.
This is the first publication in a global series urging new economic thinking and application in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and in preparation for future climate, biodiversity, and health crises. The publication sets out a possible 21st Century insurance plan for Europe’s long-term economic recovery and renewal. The time is ripe to build on years of transformational change and systems logic, immediate policy changes spurred by the European Green Deal and growing citizen openness for a healthier, more sustainable and more resilient future post COVID-19.
Australia is one of the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change such as reduced rainfall and increased bushfires. It is now at a crossroads with its agriculture and land management regimes, and needs to strategically adapt its policy approach to incorporate global sustainable development principles. Key ways forward will be much greater engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; a focus on regenerative and sustainable agriculture and land management; and greater prioritisation of social equity in national resource management.
In 2015, 21 American youth filed the internationally-renown case Juliana v. United States, claiming that affirmative acts of the federal government violate their constitutional rights and the rights of future generations. Juliana v. United States is science-based, seeking to halt state-created danger and other constitutional harms and to enforce legal rights to a climate system capable of sustaining life. The response of the Biden-Harris Administration and the Supreme Court to Juliana will signal to the world whether the US federal government is serious about grounding long-term solutions to the climate crisis in our Constitution.
As we look towards rebuilding the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic, a coherent strategy for reinvention of the macro-economic system towards more equitable well-being and environmental sustainability is especially potent. Rutger Hoekstra offers a rallying and urgent strategy towards those ends in his book, Replacing GDP by 2030: Towards a Common Language for the Well-being and Sustainability Community.
This article reviews Kathleen Smythe’s Whole Earth Living: Reconnecting Earth, History, Body, and Mind. The work is a deep meditation on human history and what true sustainability could and should look like. The author of the review describes this work as a much-needed book at this major junction point in human history.
In March 2020, early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the leaders of the Honors College and the Center for Entrepreneurship in the Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Fort Hays State University identified a potential solution to the double problem of the interruption of student engagement activities and the need for increased COVID awareness. They worked with their students to develop a social entrepreneurship initiative called “Get Smart About COVID-19” ™ that linked students with each other, with campus and community partners, and with local businesses to explore COVID science and mitigation through online workshops. These workshops continue to grow and develop as more partners come online.
In this article Kathleen R. Smythe describes her vision for the re-launch of the Solutions in History section of our magazine. We hope you will contribute!
Part 1 of this discussion dealt with differences between Socialist and Anarchist perspectives on the global situation and on implications for the form a sustainable and just society must take. Part 2 explains how an understanding of our situation and the social form required to resolve it leads to implications for revolutionary strategy which also contradict those within traditional Socialist theory and practice.
Environmentalists are easily drawn into David and Goliath struggles. Devils are always in the details. A spat of new “climate litigation” efforts ostensibly designed to slow carbon pollution risks doing no such thing, all while lining the pockets of trial lawyers, misleading activists and communities.