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

SDG10: The perspective guides equality

For most of my life, I have lived in the migration process. I was a refugee, illegal and legal immigrant, and each status taught me a lot about this goal's importance. Each condition gave me a unique perspective into values different societies cherish, hierarchies that sustain their social structures, and communicative paths that organize the … Sigue leyendo SDG10: The perspective guides equality

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!

SDG7: ‘Affordable’ is becoming redundant

Cleaner. Inexhaustible. Cheaper. These are some of the attributes that follow renewable energy source production. So, why is this type of energy still being considered an “alternative” option? One (and perhaps the most important) of the reasons is the technological lock-in that the present and dominant technological regimes (or paradigms) are being controlled by. Lock-in … Sigue leyendo SDG7: ‘Affordable’ is becoming redundant

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’

‘Millionaires make money. Billionaires make history.’… too much history

 "I'm a millionaire, and millionaires make money. It’s the billionaires who make history”. This quote was attributed to George Soros in a biopic published in Duga, a Serbian magazine that I used to follow back in the '90s. It was the answer Soros allegedly made in his early days of being 'just' a millionaire when … Sigue leyendo ‘Millionaires make money. Billionaires make history.’… too much history

It’s the Tomorrow, stupid

One irrefutable statement can be applied to today's political, social, and economic choices, and that is: “It’s the Tomorrow, stupid." Set into a mathematical formula form, this could be expressed as Humanity – Tomorrow = No Humanity. Environmental sustainability is what turns the equation positive. It comes from the commitment to assure future generations’ “ability … Sigue leyendo It’s the Tomorrow, stupid

New guilt management

Since the early days' of our hunter/gatherer ancestors, human societies have developed belief systems. These systems evolved around different myths through which our relationship with nature has been shaped. Floods, wildfires, famines, droughts, epidemics, and other disasters were attributed to gods' deception. In order to appease them, sacrifices had to be made. This became a … Sigue leyendo New guilt management