A group based in the Netherlands, called The Weather Makers, are rolling out an ambitious plan to turn the Sinai desert green. Apart from stabilising weather in the region and possibly an even wider area, the initiative hopes to bring livelihoods to the area, reducing the risk of conflicts among the troubled people who live in the area. The project literally has biblical proportions as it is the site of what ancient scripts refer to as the land of milk and honey.
We did the following thought experiment: we replaced the word growth or economic growth with peace in excerpts from statutes and statements from some main global organisations. Take a look. Is it in improvement? Maybe you agree with us that Peace is the thing we need to focus on! Continue reading →
The funnel concept, introduced by Karl-Henrik Robert Founder of the Swedish Natural Step, explains how increasing pressure on resources reduces the options of future generations to maintain a standard of living. Stress like that on populations radically increases conflict and undermines peaceful societies. In the diagram below, the width of the funnel represents the opportunities to continue society’s per capita resource usage. The depth of the funnel represents time. Continue reading →
Globalization has caused inequality. And inequality is one of the causes of conflicts and ill-health, both undermining peace. Yet global inequality is diminishing according to the general narrative. Jason Hickel points out how this is not true and lays out the structural causes of inequality and gives us suggestions to change it.
During July, Caux Palace in Switzerland hosted the Invest in Peace Forum. The initiative, a cooperation between the Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation and Initiatives of Change, Sweden, convened land restorers, peace activists and investors in its first-ever conference to explore how investment can better help build a foundation for peace. The main theme centered around what we need investment for, and how to meet the needs of fiduciary investors.Continue reading →
This video points to the essence of what’s wrong with the global economy and the multiple benefits of localisation. Localisation can ensure more have food on their table a roof over their head and are included in the local economy. Together with a personal understanding of peace this can build the foundation for a world in peace.
Local Futures & Economics of Happiness project works for the wellbeing of people & planet through a systemic shift to economic localization. Read more by following this link or their Peace Bank Entry.