Category: Mike Bell


Why we need an Earth Jurisprudence

“We are told today that Inuit never had laws or maligait (“things that have to be followed”). Why? Because they are not written on paper. When I think of paper I think you can tear it up and the laws are gone. The maligait of the Inuit are not on paper. They are inside peoples’ heads and they will not disappear or be torn to pieces. Even if a person dies, the maligait will not disappear. It is part of a person. It is what makes a person strong.”

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A Great Book on Climate Change

My requirements were demanding and perhaps unrealistic. They remained unfulfilled until last week when a friend lent me a book entitled “The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis.” It was written by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac who were among the architects of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change

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New Systems Thinking For a Radically Changing World

Since the Industrial Revolution in the late 1700s many of our large corporations have taken over from Earth the process of evolution. Some scientists call this new era the Anthropocene . But today many corporations are still attached to the mission statement created by Milton Friedman: “The purpose of corporations is to maximize share-holder profits”.

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Making Room for a New World

As the title implies we are facing quite a challenge. This chronicle begins by describing three worlds we are now living in. It then moves on to suggest how we might begin to create a new world. We must redefine our relationship with Earth, develop a new vision for the future, and create new systems. My focus here is on the first two parts: the relationship and the vision.

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