Tag Archives: resilience

Politics of Bioregional Democracy

The following article is an excellent read by James Bernard Quilligan in Kosmos Journal on the future of water scarcity and security.

Water scarcity is the result of climate change, diminished rainfall, overpopulation, inefficient infrastructure, over-pumping of aquifers, pollution and wasteful agricultural practices. Nearly three billion people around the world are experiencing periodic water shortages. It’s affecting people in southern and northern Africa, the Middle East, the nations of central Asia, China, India, Australia, Mexico and southwestern United States.

Far from only discussing the problems the article also goes intThe Self: Human Dignity through Bioregional Identity

Every life is sacred from conception to death. Respecting the lives of sentient beings is at the core of human existence. Human dignity is the basis of freedom, justice and social solidarity. But the reality is that very few people receive the respect they deserve. When individuals abuse power and wealth, they create imbalances with others in society. This is how human potential is suppressed and why human rights often do not deal with the fundamental reason for these disparities.

All in all this is a highly recommended read for anybody interested in the the politics around water which after all is one of the most crucial elements of food production. No matter where and at which intensity.

Original Article: http://www.kosmosjournal.org/article/human-watershed-the-emerging-politics-of-bioregional-democracy/

Open Tech Forever

Open Tech Forever – Indiegogo Video from OpenTech Forever on Vimeo.

This is a great example of the use of “Open Source” concepts related to agriculture, resiliency and self-sufficiency. OTF is dedicated to developing new and improved, open source versions of modern and cutting-edge technologies. In the open source spirit, they are creating free, online, high quality educational resources demonstrating how to understand, redesign, and replicate our products.

It covers not only the skills, designs and the train of thought behind the development process but also the facilities, tools, and materials that it takes to really make a variety of technologies but also to develop and document open hardware, manufacture products for sale, and host public workshops to provide a hands-on learning experience for improved skill development and retention.

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