Lindsay's List

Lindsay Curren, Transition Voice

The peak oil (and related climate change and economic crisis) movements are not just about preaching to the converted. They're about reaching out to all people, however uninitiated, to build awareness for a larger cultural buy in on what's necessary to change the way we live and do business. I created Lindsay's List to focus on what role women have to play in conservation and a values-based lifestyle shift, one small step at a time.

archived March 31, 2011

The age of activism

John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus

In recent months, people have filled the streets in the Middle East, the Balkans, Africa, and many parts of the United States. Their targets are local: autocratic leaders, corrupt politicians, and dismal economies. They're not performing acts of global solidarity. Nor has there been an outbreak of some protest virus. These demonstrations are responding to specific conditions. Tunisia isn't Bahrain. Croatia isn't Burkina Faso. Madison, Wisconsin isn't Frankfort, Kentucky. Let me rashly and prematurely propose a name for our era: the Age of Activism.

archived March 17, 2011

Women managing farms and forests in South Asia

Bina Agarwal, Solutions

For millions of rural women and their families in developing countries, rights to agricultural land and forest resources are critical determinants of their well-being and their security against destitution. Not only can such property rights enhance individual welfare, they can also strengthen livelihoods for the most vulnerable and help conserve forests that are of global importance as carbon sinks and sources of biodiversity.

archived March 9, 2011

International Women's Day - sex and cheap energy

Sharon Astyk, Casaubon's Book

At the same time that we speak about the public accomplishments of women in Science, Art, Education, Politics, Social Justice, Law and more, we need to speak of something else - the degree to which the accomplishments and shifting roles of women over the last century and more have tracked and been transformed by not only our own intention and activism, but by cheap energy.

archived March 9, 2011

Using traditional strategies to address water problems

Supriya Kumar, Nourishing the Planet

Global warming has likely already caused changes in the world’s climate by delaying monsoon seasons, causing less summer precipitation and creating longer breaks between rainy periods. One group of women in southern India is turning to traditional farming practices for immediate and sustainable answers to address these water problems.

archived March 3, 2011

In field and for food, the return of structural adjustment

Rahul Goswami, Fahamu, South Africa - Emerging Powers in Africa Programme

Africa is being measured for its land profitability potential. So are other regions in the political South. This process is part of the new structural agri-food adjustment programmes that are already in place in the developing South. It includes agri-investor friendly new industrial policies, the disinvestment by and withdrawal of government equity in profitable public sector enterprises, financial sector 'reform' that ushers in private banking and asset management.

archived March 2, 2011

Consciousness rising, world fading

Robert Jensen, Energy Bulletin

Our stories of awakenings -- whether moral, intellectual, religious, artistic, or sexual -- are tricky. Honest self-reflection doesn’t come easy, and self-satisfied accounts are the norm; we love to be the heroes of our own epics. ... The longstanding discomfort in telling my story is further complicated by new concerns in the past few years. More than ever I’m aware that no matter how high anyone’s consciousness in the United States is raised, there may be very little we can do to reverse the consequences of modern industrial society’s assault on the living world.

archived February 24, 2011

Magical shirts: A wardrobe journey

Amanda Kovattana, Blog

Would my closet be in danger of unsustainable growth headed for collapse? I could not tell yet whether my new obsession, despite having been a doorway to my intuitive self, would prove to be a distraction from serious spiritual work or money making endeavors. Sometimes you just get what you need.

archived February 7, 2011

Water - Feb 7

Staff, Energy Bulletin

- Water: On Women’s Burdens, Humans’ Rights, and Companies’ Profits
- Peak Water: What Is it -- and Are We There Yet?
- Scientists warn California could be struck by winter ‘superstorm’

archived February 7, 2011

Cool ideas continued - Jan 31

Staff, Energy Bulletin

-'Barefoot' grandmothers electrify rural communities
-Lucy Neal on Transition and the Arts
-Why Seattle will stay dry when your city floods
- Small town launches its own stimulus: a local currency (NEW)

archived January 31, 2011

The extremely leisurely pace of American democracy and the urgency of our predicament

Kurt Cobb, Resource Insights

Winston Churchill once remarked that "[t]he United States invariably does the right thing, after having exhausted every other alternative." The assumption behind that remark is that there will be time to do the right thing after all alternatives have been exhausted. This assumption is especially troubling when it comes to addressing such issues as peak oil and climate change.

archived January 9, 2011

Review: "Prelude" by Kurt Cobb

Amanda Kovattana, Energy Bulletin

Novels are good ways to impart information and put it into a social context. This one covers all the basics relating to our current predicament concerning peak oil without getting into an apocalyptic futuristic vision that has tempted so many writers.

archived December 24, 2010

300 years of fossil fuels and not one bad gal: Peak oil, women's history and everyone's future

Sharon Astyk, Casaubon's Book

Post-Carbon and Heinberg are telling a critical story - but the actors they need to engage, all the hands they want on deck are not engaged, because they aren't part of the tale. That needs to change.

archived December 20, 2010

By lanternlight in rural Asia

Rahul Goswami, Energy Bulletin

How do 'developing' countries prioritise energy goals? How should they in the face of climate change? These countries, with per capita energy consumption and CO2 emissions which average one-sixth those of the 'industrialised' world, are not primarily responsible for climate deterioration, but on the other hand they are the most vulnerable to climate change impacts because, says the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) they have fewer resources to adapt – socially, technologically and financially.

For the majority of the populations in these countries climate change issue is not a priority concern compared with problems of poverty, natural resource management, energy and livelihood needs.

archived December 18, 2010

SEWA: A movement to transform women’s lives in India and beyond

Janeen Madan, Nourishing the Planet

In India, 72 percent of women are involved in agriculture. But often, these small-scale farmers confront numerous economic barriers, including lack of access to training, markets and productive inputs. In a society where gender biases are deeply ingrained, women farmers also lack access to bank accounts and land tenure. And, women are also underrepresented in farmers groups and associations, making it harder for their voices to be heard.

archived December 1, 2010