Lessons for the environmental movement from Gandhi

Lessons for the environmental movement from Gandhi

 Raghav Kaushik May 19, 2021 Gandhi is not well-known for his views on the environment. Indeed, in his vast output, there is little explicit mention of the environment. Yet, in Gandhi’s views, one finds a lot that is relevant to environmentalism. Like most great thinkers, Gandhi’s views are flawed; however we learn a lot by […]

China: Key Player in a New World Game

China: Key Player in a New World Game

Hazel Henderson TFF Associate April 20, 2021 The world’s rising powerhouse In 1986 on returning for my first 3-week visit to China, I wrote an article, “China: Key Player in a New World Game” in The Futurist, December 1986. I had been invited by China’s State Council at the recommendation of my good friends, Alvin and […]

Humanity Has Reached a Critical Decade

Humanity Has Reached a Critical Decade

John Scales Avery TFF Associate April 16, 2021 A new report, published on 14 March, 2021, in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ journal Ambio, points out that humanity is hurtling towards destruction unless we have the collective wisdom to change course quickly. The Ambio article was written as part of the preparation of a meeting of Nobel Prize […]

How long for civilization?

How long for civilization?

Image credit: Pixabay Dr Andrew Glikson January 20, 2021 As the world is trying to hopefully recover from the tragic effects of COVID-19, it is reminded there is no vaccine for the existential threat for its life support systems posed by global warming, nor for the looming threats of future wars and nuclear wars fueled […]

How China won its war on poverty

How China won its war on poverty

China 1983 © Jan Oberg, Oberg PhotoGraphics Documentary with Lawrence Robert Kuhn January 6, 2021 When the history of the 21st century is to be written, there is no doubt that the story of China’s eradication of poverty – i.e. lifting about 700 million people out of it – will be seen as a milestone, […]

The ecological impact of militarism

The ecological impact of militarism

Photo – Aleppo December 2016 © Jan Oberg Against the Institution of War – announcing the publication of the book, The Ecological Impact of Militarism John Scales Avery November 27, 2020 As we start the 21st century and the new millennium, our scientific and technological civilization seems to be entering a period of crisis. Today, […]

Walkers of the world unite!

Walkers of the world unite!

Jonathan Power June 9, 2020 Shouldn’t we be Panglossian when it comes to the progress now being made to defeat the Coronavirus? Pangloss in his youth was unreasonably optimistic. He was in Voltaire’s novel “Candide” Candide’s mentor, and coined the phrase, “All this is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.” But […]

Crisis means dangers and opportunity

Crisis means dangers and opportunity

June 9, 2020 John Scales Avery In written Chinese, the word “crisis” is represented by two characters. One of these, taken alone, means “danger”. The other, by itself, means “opportunity”. A crisis nearly always leads to great change. There is a danger that this will be a change for the worse. But there also is […]

Former UN climate chief calls for civil disobedience

Former UN climate chief calls for civil disobedience

Jeff McMahon March 20, 2020 In a new book, the woman who led the negotiations for the Paris Agreement calls for civil disobedience to force institutions to respond to the climate crisis. Originally posted on Transcend.org on February 24, 2020, here “It’s time to participate in non-violent political movements wherever possible,” Christiana Figueres writes in […]

How to be an Ecosattva

How to be an Ecosattva

Photo: David Loy at an Extinction Rebellion protest in Denver. Photo by denver.cbslocal.com How do bodhisattvas respond to the greatest crisis of our time? Appropriately, says Buddhist teacher, activist and TFF Associate, David Loy. February 27, 2020 By David Loy One of my favorite Zen stories is short and simple. A student asks the master, […]

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