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As well as revealing the slogan for the year, “Co-operative enterprises build a better world”, he discusses the three key messages which will be embedded in the year-long campaign spearheaded by the ICA.

With the approach of the United Nations 2012 International Year of Co-operatives Charles Gould, Director-General of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), talks about the plans to exploit the opportunities which the international year brings to co-operatives.

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This video depicts the process of making a wind turbine for generating electricity on a settlement of the Movimento Sem Terra (MST – Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement). Made by Katherine Haywood (katherinehaywood@hotmail.com), Portuguese with English subtitles.

http://www.mstbrazil.org/video/mst-environment

Israelis chant ‘Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies’

Despite predictions that the cycle of violence would dissolve the rising social protest movement in Israel, thousands poured onto the streets and chanted “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies.”

: The Real News

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Sarah Van Gelder Keynote at WWFOR Seabeck 2011 Retreat, “Toward a Fair, Sustainable Global Economy”. Sarah van Gelder As co-founder and executive editor of YES!, Sarah leads the framing and development of each issue of YES! and writes a column introducing each issue. She writes for Huffington Post and speaks on leading-edge innovations that show that another world is not only possible, it is being created. Topics she has covered include the new economy, solutions to climate change, alternatives to prisons, food, water, nuclear disarmament and active peacemaking, education for a better world, beyond the superpower and happiness.

Long Serving UK Parliamentarian on Years as Industry Minister on Nuclear Industry Deceptions: Former Energy Secretary Tony Benn gives his current views on nuclear

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Benn has the distinction of being the second longest serving Member of Parliament in the history of the Labour Party. When he left Parliament in 2001, Labour had never been more popular. Last month, at the European Elections, the party suffered its worst defeat in almost a century. I ask Benn why he thinks it has lost so much of its support. “Well, the economic circumstances are very difficult,” he says. “A lot of people have lost their jobs and lost their homes, and they’re very, very worried and that always affects the government of the day.” But for Benn, it cannot simply be a factor of the accident of economics. “I think the policies that New Labour followed under Blair and Brown have made the situation worse, not better. We’ve had the Iraq war going on for years, now we have the Afghan war going on. Huge commitments to nuclear weapons that nobody wants, and ID cards and privatisation and so on. I think the policies of the government are very unpopular and I think for the first time in my life, the public is to the left of what is called the ‘Labour’ government.”

Source: Third Estate

Tony Andersen, Klimaforum09 organiser talks about the 10 000 Trees Strategy as a practical response to Climate Justice

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Nicholas Roberts, Permaculture.TV founder is travelling to Copenhagen (Dec 5th to Dec 21st) primarily for Klimaforum09, with a special interest in covering the “Planetary Permaculture” or “Gaia Permaculture” currents running through the program.

As you can see from the Klimaforum09 online program, the International Permaculture Council and listen (mp3) and kind of read in “Planetary Permaculture: A Global Strategy for Climate Change – Tony Andersen of Klimaforum09” one of the key organisers of Klimaforum, Tony Andersen, is a Danish architect (in cooperative design, the Scandanavian participative or user-centered design tradition) and permaculturalist since the 1980s.

Klimaforum is part of a global permaculture design process that seeks to get activists and grassroots talking and working together, the research, develop and implement a radical, democratic, planetary permaculture program which is called 10 000 Trees: A Practical Strategy for Climate Change.

Klimaforum09 as Gaian User Centered Design

From the 10 000 Trees document, we get the outline of the project;

  1. THE 1 TON CO2 10.000 TREES PROJECT – overview of the problem and the solution
  2. Permaculture – the idea, practice and global and local success
  3. Climate Change – the massive catastrophic problem
  4. Carbon sink – a new category for locking, permanently ecology as carbon sinks in forest and soil
  5. More than 10,000 TREES per. person per. lifetime – a requirement for local-global perennial polycultural replanting
  6. Less than 1 TON CO2 pr. person pr. year – global energy descent and emissions reductions targets
  7. The U.N. Climate Conference 2009 / COP 15- the failure of the official process, danger of carbon finance
  8. Parallel activist and grassroots Conference – Klimaforum as user-centered permaculture design
  9. The Permaculture network – massively expanding a global, democratic, locally-controlled permaculture network

Its a radical scaling-up of the what the Transition Towns Movement describe as to “take responsibility for action and then unleash the creative genius that resides within us personally and collectively in our communities”.

Transition Towns focus on the level of small-towns. While the Klimaforum is operating globally, with grassroots and activists working together to unleash their own creativity within a commonly understood framework for radical global permaculture.

TECHNICAL NOTE: Ben Brangwyn of Transition Movement points out Technical point – Transition Initiatives exist in rural areas, villages, towns and cities. Am interested to know how the ideas of re-localisation can work on larger scales such as cities, such as Los Angeles.

Klimaforum09 “Gaia Permaculture” Events

  • Tuesday 8th, 10-12am, Venue 4, Title: From activist to grassroots (120), Organisation: Permaculture International, Contact: Tony Andersen – Klimaforum Program
  • Thursday 10th, 1pm-3pm, Venue 6, Title: 10.000 threes (120), Organisation: Permaculture International, Contact: Tony Andersen – Klimaforum Program

Klimaforum09 Features

  • a forum where activists start working with grassroots
  • network for activists/grassroots to design a user-centered, radical, global permaculture project for Climate Justice
  • becomes an ongoing network from which practical actions meet radical actions
  • does not just work for climate change, it works for systems change
  • An international grassroots/activist radical permaculture network is created and sustained.

Activist to Grassroots – Tony Andersen Klimaforum co-founder

In Activists to Grassroots, Tony discusses how activists need to start working with grassroots and create a new hybrid radical activist-grassroots persona.

Tony Andersen, co-founder of the Danish civil-society climate justice conference, Klimaforum, gave two talks at Klimaforum09: Activist to Grassroots, and 10 000 Trees: A Practical Strategy for Climate Change.

http://www.vimeo.com/14431560

Tony Andersen, Klimaforum co-founder, gives a presentation and workshop at Klimaforum09 in Copenhagen, December 2009 during the COP15 climate circus.

  • THE 1 TON CO2 10.000 TREES PROJECT – overview of the problem and the solution
  • Permaculture – the idea, practice and global and local success
  • Climate Change – the massive catastrophic problem
  • Carbon sink – a new category for locking, permanently ecology as carbon sinks in forest and soil
  • More than 10,000 TREES per. person per. lifetime – a requirement for local-global perennial polycultural replanting
  • Less than 1 TON CO2 pr. person pr. year – global energy descent and emissions reductions targets
  • The U.N. Climate Conference 2009 / COP 15- the failure of the official process, danger of carbon finance
  • Parallel activist and grassroots Conference – Klimaforum as user-centered permaculture design
  • The Permaculture network – massively expanding a global, democratic, locally-controlled permaculture network

http://permaculture.tv/save-the-planet-with-permaculture-tony-andersen-of-klimaforum09/
http://gaiapermaculture.com/projects/permaculturecooperative/blog/2009/11/20/klimaforum09-mandate-spectrum-of-coverage/
http://permaculture.tv/10-000-trees-climate-justice/
http://permaculture.tv/?s=tony+andersen
http://permaculture.tv/?s=klimaforum
http://permaculture.tv/permaculture-international-pioneers-klimaforum09/

“The importance of Vijay Prashad’s book, The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World, lies in its ability to trace the trajectory of the “Third World Project” – its genesis, growth and crisis – amidst the cacophonous range of local political economic structures and their varied articulation with global capitalism and the metropolitan world. The book shows us that beyond the simplistic orientalist image of the Global South as just being on the receiving end and reactive, there has existed definite protagonism with all its contradictions grounded in the peoples’ struggle against domination, oppression and exploitation. The following discussion with the author of The Darker Nations is an attempt to retrieve some of the salient insights in this formidable work.” Quote from Radical Notes, via Z

Video from Press TV

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Text via Radical Notes, Z

Radical Notes (RN): First of all, hearty congratulations to you from Radical Notes for having authored a masterly work on the history of peoples (and their interactions) less traveled to, and much less talked about. But how necessary do you think is it to write a history of peoples still alive? Considering that the developing world is still at a developing phase, will writing a history amount to writing off of some reverberating presence of the old elements?

Vijay Prashad: Thanks for asking me to do this. I appreciate it.

The book is a history of the Third World project. It is this project’s development that I trace from the 1920s to the 1980s. A wide range of initiatives came together in a relatively coherent platform of demands that was pushed at various United Nations and international forums. That project was assassinated in the 1980s by a combination of the exhaustion of the way the various regimes operated in their societies, by the debt crisis (itself a product of a newly confident financial capitalism), the collapse of the Soviet Union, etc. The people who live in the societies that once adopted the Third World project of course live on, and certainly they are making history. But not on the same platform as they once were.

Source: Z

Bill Mollison on Mondragon Coop
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10 000 Trees
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planetary permaculture

strategy of 10 000 Trees
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Cuba permaculture
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India permaculture
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Palestine Permaculture
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Meso America permaculture
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Formed by Yasuteru Yamada, The Skilled Veterans Corps are preparing to enter the Fukushima disaster zone reports CNN. The team all veterans of the Japanese nuclear industry and all retirees all aged 60 and above intend to lend their skills to stabilise the stricken power plants.

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“We have to work instead of them,” says Yamada, referring to the estimated 1,000 workers currently at the nuclear plant. “Elders have less sensitivity to radiation. Therefore, we have to work. Kazuko Sasaki, 69, the co-founder of the group, says she has a number of personal reasons why she wants to work at the plant. “My generation, the old generation, promoted the nuclear plants. If we don’t take responsibility, who will?”

Source; CNN International

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