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The struggle for what’s essential

By Jen Moore, Foreign Policy In Focus

Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.  We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.— Arundhati Roy, April 2020 Just over two years ago when lockdowns were being declared like dominoes around the world, there was a brief moment when the COVID-19 pandemic seemed to hold the potential for much-needed reflection. Could it lead to a reversal away from the profit-driven ecological and socio-economic dead end we’ve been propelling toward? Arundhati Roy’s call to critical reflection was published in early April 2020. At...


Building a regenerative future

By Daniel Christian Wahl, Medium

Why the potential of people, and the places that communities inhabit, is the key to addressing the climate crisis [First published in the RSA Journal — link here — this is the pre-final draft without the edits by the journal editors.] Our times call for “stubborn optimism”, as Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac suggest in their 2020 book The Future We Choose. We all owe them gratitude for their very personal effort in making the 2015 Paris Agreement possible. Since then, they have continued to stimulate action towards a transformative response to climate change. Together with the outstanding strategic work of Nigel Topping as the UK’s High Level Climate Action Champion in the run up to COP26, there is a basis for hope that we will see more bold and coordinated action within and across sectors after the Glasgow conference. Pathways towards a regenerative future The capacity building work that Bill Sharpe and...