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Living Lightly: Reciprocal Bonds and the Trust Horizon

April 23, 2012 by


BY BEN HABIB. One of the exiting aspects of living lightly is the opportunity it provides for community building and connecting with other people. Strong social networks will become increasingly important as we grapple with environmental problems, energy insecurity and financial turmoil at the end of the age of growth. As a specialist in international relations, I look to Chinese culture for ideas on building social cohesion during tough times.

Living Lightly: Sensible Adaptation to Converging Crises

April 11, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. The sustainability movement has for many years been preparing to confront converging environmental, energy and financial crises. That moment is now here. To adapt with as little disruption as possible, it has never been more important to embrace living lightly.

The Evidence is Mounting: CSIRO/BOM Report – ‘State of the Climate 2012’

March 26, 2012 by


BY BEN HABIB. The report ‘State of the Climate 2012’ released this week by the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology makes for sobering reading, concurring with numerous other scientific reports published by independent researchers and expert organisations from numerous disciplines around the world about the dangerous trajectory of human-induced climate change.

Observations on My Role in Commenting on the New Albury Anti-Carbon Tax Group

March 21, 2012 by


BY BEN HABIB. Last Saturday I provided comment in an article in the Border Mail—‘Doug takes up fight on carbon tax’—about a new group called Border Says NO to Carbon Tax being established by local trucking operator Doug McMillan. No-one wants to see hard working local businessmen like Doug McMillan lose their livelihoods. If people with climate-related expertise can work cooperatively with local businesses and other impacted members of the community, we can constructively adapt to the many challenges posed by climate change instead of further fracturing the community for the sake of argument. However for the cooperative approach to work, everyone has to begin from a position of informed empowerment.

ALP Leadership Contest, Factional Divisions and the Spectre of International Crises

February 24, 2012 by


BY BEN HABIB. The current Gillard-Rudd confrontation highlights the problems that Australia’s 20th century political parties face in dealing with 21st century policy problems. The Gillard-Rudd rivalry is a story of ambition, bitterness and betrayal. Yet there is a broader dimension to the ALP leadership crisis that is more complicated.

Immanuel Wallerstein on the 2011 world revolution and the crisis of capitalism

February 15, 2012 by

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A must watch: In this presentation, American world systems theorist Immanuel Wallerstein compares the world revolution of 2011-? to that of 1968 and places both within broader perspective of 500 years of global capitalism. What are your thoughts?

EYE ON THE MEDIA: Are We Heading Beyond Dangerous Climate Change?

February 3, 2012 by

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This post is devoted to a comprehensive coverage of an October 2011 presentation at the London School of Economic by Professor Kevin Anderson, entitled 'Going Beyond Dangerous Climate Change: Exploring the Voice Between Rhetoric and Reality in Reducing Carbon Emissions'. Anderson argues that "The analysis suggests that despite high-level statements to the contrary, there is now little to no chance of maintaining the global mean surface temperature at or below 2◦C. Moreover, the impacts associated with 2◦C have been revised upwards, sufficiently so that 2◦C now more appropriately represents the threshold between ‘dangerous’ and ‘extremely dangerous’ climate change."