Vantage Point

A world where the last white rhinos age in zoos is also a world of war, racism, poverty, and ecocide. It’s impossible for one to exist without the others. All are part of the same unholy matrix, says Charles Eisenstein.

I received the following email from a young woman, a student at an elite law school.

What do Pope Francis, Neil Young, and German beekeepers have in common? They’re all speaking out against genetically engineered crops and the excessive use of toxic pesticides. Meanwhile, the chemical technology industry is feverishly trying to revamp its image by renaming itself and putting out new spins on words to disguise what they’re really all about. The  ad fact is, the chemical industry has to a large degree taken over the food industry, not to mention hijacked the federal regulatory process. In essence, most of the population is

Schools, parents and children are focused on exams, college education and careers. While this may be considered natural, can we prepare children also, for a future that will be upon us in 10, 20 or 50 years? When the major day to day issues our children will have to deal with will include wholesome food without chemicals, our water and energy sources becoming scarce and waste disposal becoming critical and so on. More importantly, many of these issues can perhaps be dealt with only through cooperation and local community involvement.

In environmental circles, one hears often about green schools or eco-schools. We are talking here of schools that practise principles of green living, not ones which merely include environmental sciences as an academic subject. Since Governments do not have documented data about such schools, we decided to look up websites. NGOs and International Organisations supported by the UN do have some data, which we present below.

What is truly great can also be very simple.

Smart by Nature - the fruit of two decades of work by the Center for Ecoliteracy, a public foundation in Berkeley, California, dedicated to education for sustainable living - is the center’s framework for schooling for sustainability.

The 86-year-old Vietnamese monk,who has followers from around the world, believes the reason most people are not responding to the threat of global warming, despite  overwhelming scientific evidence, is that they are unable to save themselves from their own personal suffering, never mind worry about the plight of Mother Earth. He says it is possible to be at peace if you pierce through our false reality, which is based on the idea of life and death, to touch the ultimate dimension in Buddhist thinking, in which energy cannot be created or destroyed.

We all know right from wrong and so what we must do now is as simple as doing the right thing. Caring for our environment is a moral imperative. At the moment everybody’s mind seems to be more exercised by the imperative of economic growth. Policy makers, politicians of every colour and journalists of almost all newspapers appear to be obsessed with economic growth.

How many of us humans reading this piece realise that the planet is losing species 100 to 1,000 times faster than the natural extinction rate. International experts assembling for high-level global biodiversity meetings say knowledge co-production with indigenous peoples has growing importance to help stall this. The IPBES (UN

“Over the past 50 years, we are seeing that diets around the world are changing and they are becoming more similar - what we call the ‘globalised diet,’” Colin Khoury, a scientist from the Colombia-based Centre for Tropical Agriculture told the BBC. “This diet is composed of big, major crops like wheat, rice, potato and sugar. It also includes crops that were not important 50 years ago but have become very important now, particularly oil crops like soybean.” While wheat has long been a staple crop, it is now a key food in more than 97 per cent of countries listed in UN data.