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  • Tar Sands Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    along the way June 6 2014 John Greer by John Greer The predicament of industrial civilization March 16 2014 Resurrection by Darren Fleet Stirring the pot of the dueling Canadas July 9 2013 Does Canada still stand for something by Darren Fleet Resistance begins with remembering who we are February 1 2013 Canada s Hard Turn Right by Andrew Nikiforuk A New Petrol State Has Emerged June 26 2012 Based

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  • globalization Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    14 2014 Sacré bleu by Stefanie Krasnow What ever happened to love in the afternoon March 24 2014 John Greer by John Greer The predicament of industrial civilization March 16 2014 A Different Kind of Reality by José Mujica What is it that flutters within our minds July 23 2013 Ubuntu I Am Because You Are by Darren Fleet Emotional Utopia of the Abstracted Self May 20 2013 Toward a

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  • China, Inc. - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    many more slogans only this time around they are phrased in the aggressive lingo of the advertising agencies designed to plow straight through your frontal lobe and start whispering about unmet needs Love more is one of the jingles being peddled in Beijing by one of Europe s most respected automobile makers Love more indeed The Chinese economy has been growing for the past thirty years The obstacles fell by the roadside one by one For thirty years the genie of economic growth uprooted everything in its path deftly taking advantage of all the perks of totalitarian communism The party bosses have gotten used to posing as enlightened absolutists but they have long become merely corporate executives in that sun eclipsing mother of all corporations called The People s Republic of China In such an environment the workers rights and environmental standards are third rate subjects at best The human masses and what remains of nature are entirely subordinate to growth which can be seen either as a cult or an obsessive compulsive disorder The future may be now if I may borrow the official slogan of Shanghai the trade capital of the Universe The Future Is Now but this future is also unspeakably frightening Especially when the alluring female employees of the Center for Urban Planning in Shanghai the capital of the future show you 3D projections of what the city is destined to look like in a few years In this science fiction extravaganza one can see all kinds of details only the people are missing But why be petty The reigning deus ex machina has a clear cut plan the citizen of the future is someone who feels no pain someone who has been socially engineered to lose both his reflexes and his capacity for reflection As

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  • Erik Assadourian, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    122 denial Attacks on scientists and policymakers who address climate change are becoming both more brazen and more imperceptible Raising a Future Eco Warrior April 24 2015 by Erik Assadourian Tags eco 119 childbirth parenthood In January a group of environmental researchers led by Will Steffen of Australian National University published an update to their earlier work on planetary boundaries thresholds of nine fundamental ecological processes like climate Based in

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  • Here comes the climate war - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    desperate for survival roughly 300 million people migrate north to the United States and that s a conservative number The U S has two options accept the tired poor hurdled masses with open arms and allow the population to double or seal off the border which is less affectionately the realistic option The trouble is in order to do that effectively the U S Border Service would have to be willing to use lethal force in preventing those attempting to cross illegally This means the U S Marine Corps 20 per cent of which is by this time comprised of Latino Americans firing on masses of distant relatives to keep them out of a country that is now one quarter Hispanic The United States unravels into mutiny and Civil War This is not a concept that has been overlooked by the Pentagon In November 2014 the US Department of Defense released the Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap a chilling acknowledgement of things to come a worst case scenario guide to reality The statement describes climate change as a threat multiplier of national and global security Plainly stating that rising global temperatures changing precipitation patterns climbing sea levels and more extreme weather events will intensify the challenges of global instability hunger poverty and conflict They will likely lead to food and water shortages pandemic disease disputes over refugees resources and destruction by natural disasters in regions across the globe A rise of just two degrees sets off a collapse of the international grain market as more and more land available for food production gets sucked into the global dust bowl We re familiar with this scenario The worst drought in Syrian history which scientists have now linked to human influenced climate change preceded the 2011 uprising that propelled ISIS to the world stage This is not a phenomenon it s not a coincidence nor a theory it s a fact An uninhabitable global south drives half the earth s population into forced migration Countries in the Northern Hemisphere already exhausted by feeding their own populations on rapidly depleting resources are overwhelmed by millions of desperate climate refugees Dozens of previously self sustaining nations multiply into a hectic network of failed states and violent factions at war with themselves and each other Those that somehow manage to keep their borders intact are not much better off crucial to the survival of 1 2 billion people in India and a further 196 million in Pakistan the sacred Ganges River which is fed by swiftly deteriorating glaciers high in the Himalayas shows signs of fatigue Further exasperated by the collapse of the global wheat market and fearful of major water shortages India begins damming the Ganges securing resources for its own population but cutting off the vital waterway completely to downstream Pakistan Faced with drought famine and economic collapse Pakistan and India both of which have nuclear weapons and a bitter past go to war The environmental state of the earth now completely overlooked crumbles

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  • Death of a thousand cuts - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    they are right now The second big driver is the proliferation of failed states Governments that cannot feed their people tend not to survive Look at Somalia there was a famine in the early 90s and the country never recovered Now there s no government no law there s nothing We won t have just one or two failed states but more like 20 in the Caribbean right across Africa and out through the Middle East into Central Asia and with it we get pirates terrorists and all the stuff that goes with it The third big effect happens between countries that share a river system and there are a lot of them India and Pakistan but also Egypt and Sudan down near the mouth of the Nile River versus all the countries upstream Iraq and Syria downstream on the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers versus Turkey upstream Turkey is getting a free ride right now because neither Iraq nor Syria are in a position to protest militarily against what the Turks have done they ve built 12 enormous dams across the headwaters of the Tigress River two years ago there was no water in the Euphrates none Agriculture was shut down in Northern Iraq but nobody heard about it nobody starved because Iraq has oil they just bought the food they needed Then you ve got China building dams like crazy at the top of the Mekong river system with all the Indo Chinese countries below All of these are potential conflict scenarios and it all comes down to food all these scenarios are driven by food I can see huge mayhem and larger use of violence in the future and I m perfectly prepared to believe that would include nuclear violence but more likely it will be the death

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  • Engineering the way out of climate disaster - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    the planet probably in perpetuity Dreams of escape Geoengineering is often referred to as Plan B one we should be ready to deploy because Plan A cutting global greenhouse gas emissions seems unlikely to be implemented in time Others are now working on what might be called Plan C It was announced recently in The Times British scientists and architects are working on plans for a living spaceship like an interstellar Noah s Ark that will launch in 100 years time to carry humans away from a dying Earth It is known as Project Persephone which is curious as Persephone in Greek mythology became the queen of the dead The project s goal is to build prototype exovivaria closed ecosystems inside satellites to be maintained from Earth telebotically and democratically governed by a global community NASA and DARPA the US Defense Department s advanced technologies agency are also developing a worldship designed to take a multi generational community of humans beyond the solar system Paul Tillich noticed the intoxicating appeal space travel holds for certain kinds of people Those first space flights became symbols of a new ideal of human existence the image of the man who looks down at the Earth not from heaven but from a cosmic sphere above the Earth A more common reaction to Project Persephone is summed up by a reader of the Daily Mail Only the elite will go The rest of us will be left to die Perhaps being left to die on the home planet would be a more welcome fate Imagine being trapped on this exovivarium a self contained world in which exported nature becomes a tool for human survival a world where there is no night and day no seasons no mountains streams oceans or bald eagles no ice storms or winds no sky no Sun a closed world whose occupants would work to keep alive by simulation the archetypal habits of life on Earth What kind of person imagines him or herself living in such a world What kind of being after some decades would such a post terrestrial realm create What kind of children would be bred there According to Project Persephone s sociologist Steve Fuller If the Earth ends up a no go zone for human beings sic due to climate change or nuclear or biological warfare we have to preserve human civilization Why would we have to preserve human civilization What is the value of a civilization if not to raise human beings to a higher level of intellectual sophistication and moral responsibility What is a civilization worth if it cannot protect the natural conditions that gave birth to it Those who blast off leaving behind a ruined Earth would carry into space a fallen civilization As the Earth receded into the all consuming blackness those who looked back on it would be the beings who had shirked their most primordial responsibility beings corroded by nostalgia and survivor guilt He s now mostly forgotten but in

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  • climate change Archives - Page 4 of 4 - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Is a holy war against the five planet lifestyles of the West Justified April 21 2010 The Vanishing Face of Gaia by Alexander Zaitchik Are we prepared for whatever s coming March 17 2010 Late Modernity by Multiple Authors The search for ontological security February 3 2010 Climate Wars by Gwynne Dyer Imagine that the year is 2024 January 27 2010 Posts navigation 1 3 4 Based in Vancouver British

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