SDG15: Biodiversity, resilience, and photosynthesis

“Buy land, my son. They don’t make it anymore!” was the advice one farmer, whom I met some years ago, was given by his father. The man inherited a big farm right on the outskirts of a fast-developing city. The laws that stipulate the land use in that region dictate that, in order to remain … Sigue leyendo SDG15: Biodiversity, resilience, and photosynthesis

SDG4: Learn to live with nature and with each other

Education is the lifeblood of society. It reflects its structures and relations as no other human activity. After all, knowledge is power, and the way knowledge is shared shows how power is structured in society. When education follows that Foucauldian notion that we are not mere receptors of actions of power but instead its vessels, … Sigue leyendo SDG4: Learn to live with nature and with each other

SDG12: First, do no harm!

Human health is intrinsically related to environmental health. That is perhaps one of the most valuable lessons to be learned from the Covid19 pandemic; which has proven to be a manifestation of the earlier published conclusion that pointed out climate change as a potential factor for the emergence of pattern transitions in spatial epidemics [1]. … Sigue leyendo SDG12: First, do no harm!

SDG 17: We, the people

We, the people. These three powerful words open the Constitution of the United States. This country, whose ideals arise from the French Revolution and humanist values, has for the past four years been sequestered by demagogic fabrication of alternative facts. Now, it feels as if it has regained serenity, decency, and rigor of truth. While … Sigue leyendo SDG 17: We, the people

SDG13: Co-Intelligence: Cogito ergo sumus

“How is she qualified to talk about climate change?” I have often heard these and similar questions regarding Greta Thunberg’s competencies. Ever since she became one of the most prominent figures in the fight against climate change, people became triggered by the gap between her youth and the central role she plays. They question Greta’s … Sigue leyendo SDG13: Co-Intelligence: Cogito ergo sumus

The end of the Midas dynasty

Midas was a king who had it all. He considered himself a happy man and believed that the source of his happiness was provided by gold. Nothing would make him happier than to spend his days counting his golden coins, adorning his body with golden objects, and taking the occasional dip into a bath full … Sigue leyendo The end of the Midas dynasty

Through ‘More Local’ to ‘More Europe’

Name one utopic vision that turned reality? A few years ago, with a group of colleagues from LUMES, while working on envisioning future environmental scenarios, we came upon this question. When my turn arrived, I've named the European Union as the most incredible utopic vision ever to become a reality. As an argument, I've reconstructed … Sigue leyendo Through ‘More Local’ to ‘More Europe’