The purpose of this forum is to explore big questions about society and environmental change, such as
- What does the good life mean in the 21st Century?
- How do personal choices and values play a role in this conversation?
- What do the natural sciences have to say about the way our world is changing?
- What do the social sciences and humanities have to say about the ways that the social and the cultural intersect with questions surrounding environment?
- How can we address environmental and social challenges at the same time?
- How is environmentalism changing in response to these pressures?
- What’s the role of higher education in facilitating sustainability and environmental literacy?
There are a lot of environment blogs that assess daily political battles on energy and climate. Others take a “100 things you can do to save the environment” approach. And many others provide a laundry list of daily news, from solar panels to tree frogs to Copenhagen to sea ice, and so on. Those approaches are useful and helpful, especially for fast-moving matters like policy. But they sometimes lose sight of the big questions we need to be asking in our quest to develop a more ecologically sustainable and socially just world. The blogosphere delivers a great deal, but it also fails in making important interdisciplinary connections that foster a more-sophisticated, substantive analysis.
globalchangeblog.com forges a new path (to visit the blog, click here). I want to analyze environmental change by focusing on the interaction between nature and culture, showcasing big ideas from all disciplines —sociology/anthropology, ethics, ecology and other natural sciences, psychology, history, political science, ethnic studies, religion, literature, visual and performing arts, and so on.
I hope this forum will provide the creative space to attract the best and most-interesting ideas for how we might get to a more ecologically sustainable and socially just world. I hope that the constellation of posts can lead to a more useful integration of ideas around these big questions.
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Preventing a Ton of Cure:
Disasters, be they natural or human made, do occur--they have been occurring all throughout human history, they occur even nowadays; they are nothing new to us. They do not surprise us.
Grassroots Government: The World's Ombudsman.
Today most people are not represented in their government properly, if at all, regardless where this might be in the world.
Even in the most advanced democracies of the "first world" countries it might take a long time before wrongs being committed on minorities are addressed to a satisfaction; Wrongs committed on individuals might never be considered at all, in most instances, mostly due to the impossibility of people having an equal access to justice.
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Dear Mr. and Mrs. Obama,
I wish that you are well!
If we, the people, were really interested in establishing a lasting peace in the world, we would spend more on ways that would achieve peace non-violently than what we spend on the military!