The Rural Green Environment Organization is entirely rewriting the environmental narrative for 90 villages and 40,000 people in Badakhshan, Afghanistan. The region has endured decades of conflict, insecurity and the overharvesting of natural resources. What was once a region battered by conflict and environmental degradation is now flourishing.
It’s all about who controls the food supply, and how many chemicals we can “input” in the process. Climate change is such a hot button, the agrochemical companies just have to use it to promote their solutions.
‘Climate Smart Agriculture’ is agribusiness’ latest attempt to promote industrial farming and undermine agro-ecological approaches generally recognized as the real solution to food production under climate change
They were given 13 threats or potential threats to consider: adverse global trends and challenges to the international system; terrorism and piracy; instability and failed or failing states; poverty, inequality, and poor governance; serious and organised crime; WMD proliferation; climate change; civil emergencies, including natural disasters and pandemics; state-led threats (such as rising powers and balance of power issues); competition for energy and resources; social cohesion; sovereignty issues (including illegal fishing and illegal entry to Australian waters and airspace) and; cyber threats. They then had to rank them by scale of impact, geographic proximity and urgency in time, and come up with a 1-13 list in order of priority. I don’t have the space here to go through the list of outcomes, but the students’ calculations based on current intelligence projections indicated that climate change should be our top national security concern.
The Leap Manifesto was initiated in the spring of 2015 at a two-day meeting in Toronto and signed up to by more than 100 actors, musicians, labour unions, Indigenous rights leaders, environmentalists and religious leaders. The overarching aim of this “People’s Agenda” is to wean the next federal Canadian government off fossil fuels by 2050 with a radical overhaul of the Canadian economy. Significantly, many of the National Democratic Party (currently leading in the polls for next month’s federal election) number amongst the manifesto’s highest profile supporters. Learn more.