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Agriculture, Topsoil and the Ecology of Colonialism | EV & N – 285 | CCTV



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The structure of extractive agriculture reflected in the “land-grabs” that have become a world-wide phenomena is not sustainable. Colonialism once took the form of outright invasion by one powerful state against weaker regions of the world. In our day, however, “hedge funds” and international food and agricultural corporations are “investing” in land-grabs around the world.

Institutional investors, including major American universities like Yale and Harvard have undertaken this kind of investment in recent years. This kind of “investment” is based on “mining” the topsoil around the world and it can become ecologically devastating, destroying the healthy soils, disrupting water supplies and displacing indigenous farming populations.

Careful scrutiny is now required by each of these university and institutional investors to assure that this kind of neocolonial land-grab process is not ruining local farming communities and accelerating the destruction of topsoils while destroying their natural capacity to sequester carbon.

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More fundamentally, need to re-think the colonial legacy of which we have been the Western World has been so far the primary beneficiary.  See:

Ultimately we need now to learn how to run Earth’s finite system on the infinite throughput energy from the sun.  Because of the myth of infinite economic  growth launched and fostered as a legacy of colonialism we have been operating on a metaphor that is headed  exactly 180-degrees in the wrong direction.  We desperately need a compass  change to re-organize our economies in the direction of sustainability — not growth — if we  hope to survive much longer as a civilization.

Climate change protest blitz targets local action in face of Trump hostility | Environment | The Guardian

With little hope of federal action, a series of marches and events in 70 countries will focus on climate change’s effects now and the low-income and minority groups bearing the brunt

Oliver Milman

Fri 7 Sep 2018 09.00 EDT Last modified on Fri 7 Sep 2018 13.39 EDT

Climate change activism has always had the stubbornly tough task of mobilizing the public to confront a slow-moving, largely invisible problem while being stymied by a fantastically wealthy fossil fuel industry and an array of sceptics in politics and the media.

Climate campaigners would, therefore, be forgiven a few moments of despair in the era of Donald Trump. Trump’s election elicited two large public howls from those concerned about climate change – the People’s Climate March and the Science March, held within days of each other in April last year – but any hopes of persuasion have now given way to attritional confrontation and attempts to bypass the administration altogether.

Now a series of marches and other events across 70 countries on Saturday called Rise for Climate Action, is framed as a grassroots movement aimed squarely at spurring local mayors, businesses and state leaders to slash emissions regardless of Trump, with the hope a future president will find the momentum impossible to ignore.

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Global marches and events demand state and local leaders act on climate change

PBS NewsHour

Published on Sep 8, 2018

Rallies and events focused on climate change across the globe on Saturday. In San Francisco, which will host a global summit on the issue next week, more than 300 organizations endorsed the “Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice” march, which focused on the lack of progress at the federal level and called for more action at the state and local level. May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, the lead organization for the event, joins Hari Sreenivasan for more.