02/07/2012

Another life is possible

Transition is a socio-environmental movement, whose main interest is the application of a responsible, supportive and sustainable lifestyle, its dissemination and development of its resilience for the future. From issues such as peak oil, climate change and the global food crisis, he encourages any community to seek ways to reduce energy use and increase their own self-sufficiency.

The concept of ‘transition’ emerged from an assigment that permacultor Rob Hopkins performed with students of the vocational training center in Kinsale, Ireland. One of his students, Louise Rooney, developped the design concept and its application to human communities. Afterwards, she submitted her proposal to the council, which decided to turn Kinsale into the first Transition Town.

The initiative was expanded and adapted in 2006 by Hopkins himself to his people, in Totnes, England. It spread rapidly and, in September 2008, hundreds of towns and cities in the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United States, Italy and Chile were officially recognized as transitional communities. Today, many other places from Brazil, Mexico, Japan, South Africa, Poland, Portugal, Spain or Germany have joined, and while the project was directed at first to small towns, communities currently involve villages and districts as Kinsale as Penwith to Brixton or municipalities as cities like Nottingham, with several hundred thousand people.

Satish Kumar, editor of Resurgence magazine and strong advocate of the idea that respect for nature should be at the center of any social or political discussion, explains in this video the more philosophical side of the movement.

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Currently he is working on a sequel, 'Home, story of a journey', which insists on the wounds of the world and explains the reasons that led him to get back on the same subject. 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Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan y Arthur C. Clarke hablaron sobre la gran teoría unificada de las leyes que gobiernan el Universo. Este singular documento, aunque anterior a descubrimientos hoy conocidos como la existencia de la energía oscura, aborda temas como la Teoría del Big Bang, la expansión del Universo, los agujeros negros, la vida extraterrestre, la existencia de Dios y los orígenes de la creatividad.Three major of the scientific outreach, each an expert in a different field, met for the first and unique time in the same television studio in 1988. Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan and Arthur C. Clarke spoke of the grand unified theory of the laws that govern the Universe. This unusual document, although it's before today's known discoveries such as the existence of dark energy, addresses issues such as the Big Bang Theory, the expansion of the Universe, black holes, extraterrestrial life, the existence of God and the origins of creativity." 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En este extracto de la serie nos habla con una pasión contagiosa de la primera fotografía de la Tierra que se tomó desde el espacio exterior, mientras la nave Voyager 2 abandonaba el sistema solar, y de la lección de humildad que supone darse cuenta de que toda la historia de la Humanidad, con sus alegrías y sus miserias, ha tenido lugar en 'ese punto azul pálido'.Carl Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, writer and scientist. He became a popular figure for his science books and, above all, for the television documental series 'Cosmos: a Personal Journey', which he narrated and co-wrote. Here, we can enjoy an excerpt of the series, in which he talks, with a contagious passion, about the first picture of the Earth taken from the outer space, while the Voyager 2 leaved the Solar System, and the humbling experience it is to realize that the whole history of humanity, with its joys and miseries, has taken place in 'that pale blue dot'. 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No es que tal insensatez sea un fenómeno muy común entre los visitantes de la reserva, pero creo que en algún grado la desconexión general del ser humano con el medio biológico en el cual ha evolucionado le ha hecho perder un saber instintivo cuyo vacío ha sido ocupado por una estúpida visión paternalista hacia la naturaleza. Hasta los documentales emitidos por televisión sobre los animales tienen que montarse describiendo un pequeño argumento con final feliz para el destino del animal, que no hieran el bienestar moral del espectador. W_deleonesyhombres Da qué pensar esta poca identificación entre el hombre y la naturaleza. En Girona, alguien que sufrió una fuerte indigestión denunció al ayuntamiento por dejar crecer en un parque público el tipo de setas no comestibles que ingirió. El ayuntamiento tuvo que erradicarlas de sus parques. La domesticación deliberada de la naturaleza por el hombre oculta que integramos un sistema orgánico en el que el buen funcionamiento de una de sus células se corresponde con el buen funcionamiento de células de distintas clases, que son las que permiten a ésta optimizar su potencial. Recíprocamente ésta es la que con su buen funcionamiento facilita a su alrededor que el sistema prosiga reproduciéndose con estabilidad. Nuestras especiales facultades no deberían pervertirse con la desconsideración hacia otras especies vivas, extinguiéndolas o 'humanizándolas', pues son éstas las que despiertan en nuestro cuerpo el saber instintivo y vegetativo sobre el que nuestra cognición debe asentarse para poder navegar hacia su plenitud. La perversión del sistema, o enfermedad, se evidencia cuando destruimos a nuestro alrededor las manifestaciones naturales de la vida que nos protegen psíquicamente del adormecimiento mental, del cual se aprovechan los mandatarios para infundirnos esta falsa seguridad institucional que llevó al pobre desgraciado a creer que podía fotografiar al animal salvaje 'respetuoso' con los turistas que han hecho el costoso viaje hasta ahí.Not long ago, I read shocked that a person died devoured by a lion in front of their family, who watched the show terrified in the same car that the person had abandoned for photographing the animal. This folly is not very common phenomenon among visitors to the reserve, but I think to some degree the general disconnect between human beings and the biological environment in which it has evolved, has made him lose an instinctive knowledge whose vacuum has been filled for a stupid paternalistic view toward nature. Even on television documentaries about animals must be mounted describing a small argument with happy fate for the animal, which does not hurt the moral well-being of the viewer. W_deleonesyhombres Invites reflection this little identification between man and nature. In Girona, someone who suffered severe indigestion denounced the council for letting grow into a public park inedible mushrooms. The council of City Hall had to eradicate its parks this mushrooms. The deliberate domestication of nature by humans, hides that integrate an organic system in which the proper functioning of your cells corresponds to the proper functioning of cells of different types, which are those that allow it to optimize its potential. Reciprocally with their efficient operation, facilitates around the system continues playing with stability. Our special faculties should not be perverted with disregard the other species, extinguishing or humanizing species, because they are the responsible of awaken in our body the knowledge of our instinctive and vegetative body, the place where our cognition needs settle to sail to fullness. The perversion of the system, or disease, is evident when we destroy around our natural manifestations of life that protect us psychically mental numbness, which the rulers exploit to infuse this false institutional security that led to the unfortunate man to believe that he could photograph the wild animal 'friendly' with tourists who have made the expensive trip up there." 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