History and anthropology tell us of the many civilisations that have vanished during the last few millenia. Most of them died out because they could not change their values pertaining to consumption of natural resources or war. Many scientific organisations, including the UN and the IPCC today warn us not only of climate change related catastrophes, but also of the very survival of modern civilization.
This section includes extracts from articles and reports that the next generation needs to know. Or children and youth would have to think and act much more than us about the future and the crises that are likely to be upon the world. This is not to focus on gloom and doom but to help prepare for the future with a strong reality orientation.
The unseen fate of 15 million people per year around the globe! Current development projects, though aimed at improving the lives of people, actually end up exacerbating poverty, social unrest, environmental degradation and loss of cultural identity. The primary reason for these issues is forcible evictions of communities and entire villages to make space for projects, conducted by the state and corporations. Through engaging videos, this page provides a voice for the people who are at the receiving end of these evictions and highlights their stories.
GETTY IMAGES Chennai (formerly Madras), the capital of India's southern Tamil Nadu state, is gaining notoriety as the disaster capital of the world - floods one year, cyclone the next, and drought the year after. But it is not alone. Environmental activist Nityanand...
Helena Norberg-Hodge Poverty, climate change, the erosion of democracy, an epidemic of depression – these and other global crises are symptoms of a far bigger systemic problem. So reports Local is Our Future: Steps to an Economics of Happiness, the new book...