ecomodernism

ecomodernism

  • Right and left traditional (french) parties have rejected the law written to ban Deep-sea trawling.

    Deep Water Trawling France

      Sustainability requires long term thinking but which is the most natural way to think: short or long term planing? If this is the short term, can we safely rely on our intuitions?

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  • Why should we regulate the wood burning in residential areas? (Air pollution)

    Feux de cheminée : arriverons-nous à faire le deuil de nos traditions individualistes ?

    Yes, why?

    Those who suffer from such pollution are in the same situation as before the asbestos scandals. The politicians were also telling them: "we can’t do anything, even if it has been the demonstrated that asbestos is carcinogenic, because no law forbids it."

    Asbestos has been banned in the (most) developed countries since the 80ies.

    If you can see or smell smoke from your wood heater then you are causing a problem for yourself, your family and your neighbors.

    The Australian Environment Protection Authority (EPA)

    ● This article does not promote a wood-burning prohibition, but a legal

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  • The responsibility of each of our actions: a view from space

    The real motivation comes to each of us  individually, that's who has to make the change

    The astronaut Chris Hadfield's thought while he was observing the earth from space: The key is who is going to be the person that's going to decide to change something. We can't wait for some other person to change it, they don't have the imperative to do it, especially if they are someone that we elected. If we have elected them, they are just our representatives and the real motivation comes to each of us  individually, that's who has to make the change.   "You can't say they or him or her or it. It's us or me or I that has to make the change. And it's not going to be perfect, and it's going to have to get a little critical before people are truly going to feel enough pain or enough compunction to actually change what they are doing. And things are going to get worse before they get better but I'm confident, this isn't the end of the world : this is just a problem we are facing that is going to change things but we're going to have to figure out a way to do it."

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  • Reducetarian: eating less meat, doing a little is already a lot

    Reducetarian: a community of individuals who are committed to eating less meat for the benefit of themselves and the environment

    More and more people are realizing the impact of their food choices on the environment. Solutions are often radical such as vegetarianism or veganism. But getting rid of meat and animal products remains easier to imagine than to do. This lack of nuance does not play in favor of the efficiency of this action because by trying to do too much, we increase the risk of getting discouraged, and ending up doing nothing. The problem with this kind of radical solutions is that they do not take into account the limits of human nature, and in this case, of the willpower. Considering our limitations is the best way to maintain the effort in the long run: it’s better to have many people doing little efforts for a long time than only a handful of people making considerable efforts but risking getting discouraged on the way.   The Reducetarianism offers a more acceptable solution to the vast majority of us: it consists of making healthier food choices and more environmentally friendly choices by...

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  • From the consumer to the actor motivated by a new conception of profit.

    Fairphone: Together we can change the way products are made.

    We find the "Fairphone” business initiative interesting because this company, like more and more others, offers us the possibility to become more than a consumer. It allows us to become an actor of the global market. A consumer becomes an actor when he realizes the impact of his lifestyle choices and when he tries to change the world through his choices. We see in the Fairphone initiative more than just a business or a fashionable advertisement, we see the future of trade and profit. These initiatives go beyond the traditional and millennia-old concept of profit, a profit centered on a person or a group of people usually genetically related (family, nations) at the expense of the rest: the other people, other groups and the environment. This traditional, natural and short-term view of profit, which consists in getting rich at the expense of others, slowly begin to be overcome by a growing number of individuals and nations. More and more people become able to think further, to...

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  • RelayRides : from a proprietary logic to a logic of use.

    On average, in France, a car costs around €5,000 per year to its owner even if it is parked 95% of the time... Given that in city, it is easy to get around on foot, by bike or using public transport, and that a car is used only for special times, is it really necessary to be the owner? RelayRides offers all vehicle owners to rent a car for 1 hour, a day or a week with a simple and ingenious system of linking and use of the service...    

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  • Polluted by woodsmoke, or by our traditions, beliefs and lack of concern for those around us?

    tradition versus civilization

    We all heard about those traditions that hinder the development of individuals and society such as excision or the famous funeral and burial practices in West Africa that spread Ebola.

    Seen from outside, from another culture, this "stubbornness to do what has always been done" seems absurd: "what does it cost them to stop their medieval practices?"

    But from the inside, it's more complicated...

    Let's take, for example, a Western traditional activity: the wood burning for heating or enjoyment — without the technology needed to reduce the emissions of particles (at least, at the level of diesel).

    Woodsmoke, air pollution & health: some data:

    ○half day near the fire emits as many fine particles as a diesel car travelling 3,500 km. Even an EPA

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  • When nuclear explosions reflect cultural maturity

     2053 atomic bomb explosions between 1945 and 1998. One can imagine their moral and ecological impact on the short and the long term... One can notice that the northern European nations —which yet benefit an economic and social wealth envied by the rest of the world— did not feel the need to join the "nuclear club" nor to invest —as much as other "developed" nations— their wealth in military expenses.   One might wonder why the Scandinavian countries (Iceland on the top) do not feel the need to secure their power. One might also wonder which, between "violence" and "peaceful resolution mode", is the most advanced stage of consciousness, and the less "natural" (whereas in conflict management or in seeking resources). Finally, one might wonder why some societies and people feel the need to assert their power, their wealth to exist. Could it be possible that nations merely reflect their people's way of thinking? Could it be possible that nations, like individuals, pursue...

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  • Sign the Petition: The future of deep oceans is in our hands

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