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Change of Era

Our point of departure lies in a realisation : that we are living today at the end of a period marked by the greatest material wealth human history has ever known. This wealth was built on temporary sources of cheap, concentrated energy that made everything else possible.

Today, accumulated sources of debt – financial, environmental and energy debt – are looming large, like time bombs that have stopped ticking and are beginning to explode.  Read more →

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Un personnage est englouti dans les mâchoires de la Terre.
(Codex Laud, Mexique Ancien)
Un personnage est englouti dans les mâchoires de la Terre.
(Codex Laud, Mexique Ancien)

Human Destiny in the Anthropocene

By Clive Hamilton
In all previous instances, transitions from one division to the next in the geological time scale came about because the great forces of Nature came together in a particular way, but always unconsciously and unintentionally. In the Anthropocene, the “human imprint on the global environment has now become so large and active that it rivals […]
Sans titre
Sans titre

Social Cohesion in Times of Prolonged Recession. Spain, Greece, Portugal.

Seminar of the 14th of February 2014 by Alice Canabate
The 2008 global economic and social crisis continues to be debated, reinterpreted and explained. For some, it can be seen as cyclical, structural or civilizational. For others, the disastrous effects of this global crisis are still amplified and not a single analyst seems to be able to propose solutions. The most vulnerable populations are at […]
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jobless-occupation

Living Income

For Free and Egalitarian Societies
Despite the unsurpassed material opulence of contemporary Western societies, many can’t fulfill their basic needs: healthy food, decent lodging, energy, drinkable water and an emancipatory and autonomous education. Whilst it eludes the question of a just distribution of the planetary dowry, Growth society increases inequalities. Two tools: Unconditional Autonomy Allowance (UAA) and unconditional basic income (BI) […]
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Should the concept of resilience be saved?

Seminar of the 20th of September 2013 by Hugo Carton, Raphaël Stevens & Pablo Servigne
Today, the concept of resilience is everywhere. Its success possibly stems from the fact that it can be used in a context of choc, trauma, disturbance… or “crisis”. But can this concept really be applied to societies? Can we truly measure resilience? Could it help us understand the dynamics of a potential civilizational collapse and […]
Friedensreich Hundertwasser
Friedensreich Hundertwasser

The Road Towards an Oil Free Agriculture

Seminar of the 12th of April 2013 by Pablo Servigne
We have passed the global peak of conventional fossil fuel production. Numerous other non-renewable resources will follow a similar decline. Hence, it seems very possible that within a few years, we will witness the collapse of industrial food systems. How should we organise a transition towards more resilient food systems that are completely disconnected from […]
Ryuta Amae
Ryuta Amae

The Politics of Catastrophe

Seminar of the 15th of March 2013 by Luc Semal
During the 2000’s decade, two social movements, the degrowth movement in France and Transition Towns in the United- Kingdom, have contributed, both in parallel, to a renewal of the green political landscape. The catastrophist dimension of these two movements, understood as a form of political thought based on the anticipation of major ecological shifts (peak […]
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Capture-d’écran-2011-11-12-à-13.58.50-142x142

Phase Transition: Three World Models

Seminar of the 28th of September 2012 by Yves Cochet
“We cannot win against entropy, but we must act as if we could”, Marc-Aurèle, (Pensées pour moi-même, p.170) and Ugo Bardi (conference, 4th of Mai 2011). It is vain to claim that we can describe the future as precisely as we can the past. Nevertheless, one of the key concerns of economic and political actors […]
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food_ration_book_uk

Personal Carbon Allowances, Rationing and Responsibility

Seminar of the 15th of June 2012 by Mathilde Szuba
“In 1871 Paris was under siege, in a final effort to resist the enemy what did the people ask for? Rationing!” Pierre Kropotkine, 1887. Degrowth thinkers tend to recognize a central thesis in which the finite quantity of natural resources automatically creates a limit to growth. This idea of material finitude can also be found in […]