This article originally appeared in Common Dreams. The decline is one of the effects of the industrial modernization that is supposed to have brought increasing comfort, health, and advanced knowledge into our lives. By JOHN BUELL Southwest Harbor, Maine (Special to Informed Comment) – While mainstream media celebrate the remarkable development in record time of vaccines … Continue reading Our Health Depends on Indigenous Botanical Knowledge and Plants That Are Rapidly Being Destroyed
This article originally appeared in Common Dreams. By JULIA CONLEY “Not a single drop of oil is going to come out of the Amazon until the government takes care of us,” said campaigners. Demanding stronger social and environmental support in northern Peru’s Loreto region, about 200 Indigenous protesters on Wednesday announced a strike two days … Continue reading Indigenous Environmental Defenders Shut Down Peruvian Crude Oil Pipeline
The production of plastics must halt. It is the only way to stop the influx of toxic substances into streams, rivers, lakes, oceans, and into our own bodies. This piece, which is made up of excerpts from a longer article, discusses new research into microplastics found in human organs. by Krissy Waite / Common Dreams … Continue reading Scientists Find Microplastics in Human Organs
The CoViD-19 pandemic is impacting Indigenous peoples across the Americas who are already living under ongoing colonization, have poor access to health care, and suffer disproportionately from pre-existing conditions that compromise the immune system. by Laura Hobson Herlihy and Daniel Bagheri Sarvestani / Intercontinental Cry Coronavirus now has spread throughout the Indigenous Americas. The Navajo … Continue reading Indigenous Peoples in the Age of COVID-19
By Max Wilbert In medicine, shock refers to an extremely serious condition of inadequate blood perfusion. Shock is most often caused by heart problems, severe infections, allergic reaction, massive blood loss, overdose, or spinal cord injury. Of the 1.2 million people who show up to U.S. emergency rooms with signs and symptoms of shock each … Continue reading The Life Support Systems of Planet Earth Are Failing
Does “survival of the fittest” truly define evolution? Or does mutual cooperation? This piece, originally published by Safehouse Infoshop, explores survival and mutual aid in a time of pandemic. By Taks Barbin / Safehouse Infoshop People often equate Charles Darwin’s notion of “survival of the fittest” with competition. People think that the natural way of … Continue reading Survival of the Fittest in the Time of Pandemic
This culture prioritizes the hoarding of private wealth over the public good. While billionaires enjoy their riches, the masses live on the brink of starvation. Food shortages during coronavirus are accelerating, and are a reminder of the importance of rebuilding local, sustainable food systems. We cannot rely on the globalized economy any longer. It is … Continue reading Food Shortages During Coronavirus Crisis
In this short excerpt from the last episode of The Green Flame podcast, Derrick Jensen and Lierre Keith offer a poetic reading from a piece by C.S. Lewis, originally written in 1948, in which the author speaks of the threat of nuclear war and how to live in an age of existential threats. “In one … Continue reading “They Need Not Dominate Our Minds.” On Existential Fear.
Coronavirus rarely kills people directly—so why are people dying? This piece from Paul Feather, animist farmer and writer, challenges simplistic, reductionist thinking, and proposes a synthesis approach to understanding the current crisis. Cause of Death: Civilization By Paul Feather Sixty five thousand, six hundred and fifty two. As of this writing, John Hopkins reports this … Continue reading How Does Coronavirus Kill People?
The origins of epidemics can be traced back to the emergence of civilization. By aurora linnea There is a family of bacteria dwelling in soil, in water. Some reside in the bodies of cows. Humans domesticate cows, for meat, milk, labor. Cows are corralled in large groups, in small spaces, near to human settlements. The … Continue reading Covid-19: The Pathologies of Civilization.