Tag: energy

Towards a bioregional world

Sometime ago there was a huge debate in Colombia about the promise of avocado crops to foster economic development. The debate missed the point that it does not matter which crop becomes the next big monoculture. The consequences are deforestation, environmental destruction, and regional poverty. Monocultures are based on a development model whose triumph is to export, making a few rich and leaving many others in misery. The odd thing is that while a lot of food is being produced, it creates problems of local food distribution and sovereignty. Read more...

Cities hold the future for a sustainable world

The weakened state of the environment in the United States by Donald Trump, and in Brazil by Tropical Trump (Bolsonaro), should make us reflect on how one person can have so much power and decide over so many people on key areas such as climate change. To me, this is the legacy we have derived from our country (state) dominated worldview, and it is damaging the real world (the Earth). But I see hope in the form of cities. Read more...

Energy is the real currency on Earth

The Incas in South America worshipped the sun (inti), because the energy coming from it is the sustenance of life on planet Earth. I will always remember going to Machu Pichu and celebrating the sunrise with two hippie friends who convinced me to it. It was a profound experience. Since then, I am a sun-worshipper too. The sustenance of modern life is money. On its own money is not evil, because as Yuval Noah Harari has said in Sapiens, it is basically a trust system that enables cooperation. Read more...