Category Archives: Government

The Ancestral Values We Inherited: Protecting Indigenous Water, Land, and Culture in Mexico

Within our indigenous community of Xoxocotla, we continue to hold the ancestral values we inherited. It never crosses our mind to leave them behind. Because in daily life we are always in contact with nature, with our lands, with our water, with our air. We live in harmony with nature because we dont like the way that modernity is advancing, destroying our territory and our environment. We believe technological modernity is better named a death threat.We still watch our children chase the butterflies and the birds. We see the harmony between the crops and the land. Above all, we respect our water and we continue to perform ceremonies that give thanks for the water.

via The Ancestral Values We Inherited: Protecting Indigenous Water, Land, and Culture in Mexico.

The Global Land Rush

What is new now is the scramble to secure land abroad for more basic food and feed crops—including wheat, rice, corn, and soybeans—and for biofuels. These land acquisitions of the last several years, or “land grabs” as they are sometimes called, represent a new stage in the emerging geopolitics of food scarcity. They are occurring on a scale and at a pace not seen before.

http://grist.org/article/the-global-land-rush/

The Crisis of Humanitarian Intervention

Is it ever legitimate to supersede the principle of national sovereignty with a military intervention aimed at protecting citizens from their government? And if the answer is yes, what circumstances would justify this course of action and how should it be carried out?

Perhaps there is no better way to sum up the tragic odyssey of the doctrine of humanitarian intervention than by invoking the old saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

via The Crisis of Humanitarian Intervention.

David Roberts’ top 20.5 parting insights

David Roberts has done a masterful job in summing up the state of affairs as regards climate change and public policy. Not sure if I agree with every point, but it’s impressive to be so succinct and insightful through a medium such as Twitter. Hope he has a good year off.

Here are my favorites:

4. Climate adaptation is much more expensive than mitigation. The more we spend now, the less we’ll spend overall.

5. Much more “big government” will be required to adapt to a warming world than is required to reduce carbon emissions.

6. The choice, then, is bigger, more expensive gov’t now or MUCH bigger, MUCH more expensive gov’t later. There is no third choice.

8. Climate policy is about pulling future costs & benefits into today’s economy, by hook or by crook.

17.5 Social & economic innovations are every bit as important as technological innovations.

19. You cannot always know how or when, but every act of good will matters. “What is any ocean but a multitude of drops?”

20. If your ideology is serving to justify being unkind or uncaring, you are doing it wrong.

David Roberts’ top 20.5 parting insights | Grist.

Governments Must Stop Imposing Development Projects on Indigenous Peoples’ Territories

Governments across the Americas continue to discriminate against Indigenous peoples by denying their right to have a say on decisions which may have devastating consequences for their cultural survival.

Americas: Governments Must Stop Imposing Development Projects on Indigenous Peoples’ Territories.