Facing Future Blog

We welcome you to submit blog posts on any of the stressors covered in this website, or other stressors not covered here.  Topics can include ocean and air pollution, toxic chemicals and processes, the dominance of ‘profit’ over ‘people’ and all of life on Earth, soil degradation and destructive farming and forestry practices, threats to the biodiversity of a no longer healthy ecosphere, population, how we feed ourselves, industrial and personal carbon footprints, and the many components and impacts of climate change.  Don’t forget the topics of political advocacy, and grassroots organizing that are central to Facing Future.

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December 24, 2020

Modern Myths of Human Power – Part 1 of 3

by Usha Alexander

In Classical Greek mythology, Thanatos was Death. As a minor god who got little press in the surviving tales, he appears in the play, as something of a functionary, dutifully gathering those whose time had come and spiriting them to . . .

December 20, 2020

Hey! We’re on the Same Team

by Kent Deal

On Addressing the Deconstruction of Deep Adaptation [1] and the Denial That Collapse Is Inevitable by Kent Deal Let me assume some pessimism can be directed towards the chances of human survival. We can face it, our prospects are not . . .

November 30, 2020

Lost and Found in Eden – Part 3 of 3

by Usha Alexander

As I intimated at the start, this trajectory we’ve ultimately followed as a global civilization—toward increasing inequity, greater despoliation of the commons, and the eradication or oppressive control of natural life within our acculturated spaces—was not the only drama under . . .

November 27, 2020

Lost and Found in Eden – Part 2 of 3

by Usha Alexander

The first farmers we know of in the world lived in the eastern Mediterranean region less than ten thousand years ago. They became farmers by slow degrees, through a progression of choices that accrued over hundreds of preceding generations, leading . . .

November 23, 2020

Lost and Found in Eden – Part 1 of 3

by Usha Alexander

High in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta of northern Colombia, the Kogi people peaceably live and farm. Having isolated themselves in nearly inaccessible mountain hamlets for five hundred years, the Kogi retain the dubious distinction of being the only . . .

October 15, 2020

Tales From a Changing World

by Usha Alexander

Tabea Bakeua lives in Kiribati, a North Pacific atoll nation. Her country is likely to be the first to disappear completely under the rising seas within a few decades. Asked by foreign documentary filmmakers if she "believes" in climate change, . . .

October 9, 2020

Review: Sir David Attenborough’s “A Life on Our Planet”

by Brian McGavin

This documentary, which Attenborough describes as his “Witness Testament and vision for the future",  goes further than his BBC program "Extinction - The Facts", which was broadcast last month, and his collaboration with WWF in "Our Planet", released on Netflix . . .

September 29, 2020

How Using GPI Leads to Healthier Economic Choices

by Ken Pentel

The Danger of Using the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Relation to Human Migration from Rural to Urban Areas and How the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) Can Remedy This. The main focus of the Ecology Democracy Network is to reverse . . .

September 24, 2020

Of Wanderers and Nomads

by Usha Alexander

At the beginning our story—paraphrased from an origin story remembered by a Creed elder — two figures are walking along the clouds. They’ve been walking long and far. Looking down through the spaces between the clouds, they spy a beautiful, . . .

September 21, 2020

Economy vs. Ecology — A Battle of the Titans

by Stuart Scott

Certain sayings earn a place in human culture beyond what one would expect. “Houston, we have a problem” is such a saying. Uttered by Jim Lovell, commander of the Apollo 13 space shuttle mission, it has come to be an . . .

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