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

SDG5: Meritocracy, Technology and Universal Basic Income

I can't think of any profession where having a penis is a guarantee for better job performance. And yet, having one gives professionals with penis a much better chance to receive a higher salary than the professionals without one. In the last few decades, we have come a long way in closing the gender pay … Sigue leyendo SDG5: Meritocracy, Technology and Universal Basic Income

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!

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

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