After the Apocalypse 1 -Can We Prevent Famines?

The Apocalypse is NOW.

Many “unexpected” worldwide and life threatening crises are happening at the same time:

*Climate Change (with wide changes in temperatures and wind), *Famines caused by food shortages, Energy Crisis, Elites failing, trust in science decline, decreasing biodiversity, corruption, The Health services crisis, housing shortages, Internet crashes, Cyber war, Financial crises, *nitrogen and NO3 crisis (from cattle), *CO2 crisis, *disappearing birds and insects, *Water shortages, NeoLiberal-capitalitic mantras (based on extracting value at expense of people and nature) not working anymore, Decline in UK and USA, Collapse of Russia and China, *collapse of the Australian ecosystems. None of these complex and interconnected issues seem to be solved in the short or long time while most people know what is happening.

Especially young people on his planet are getting very concerned for their future and about what to choose as education and work. This may help them. In my next Blog I will outline a line of thought and “actions after the Apocalypse”. Most of the material for that blog I have collected from a number of apocalyptic revelations of “Apostles” known to me and in connection. And surprisingly enough most of them are relatively unknown to the general public. The only reason for that i can imagine is that positive, constructive views and stories are not good material for attention grabbing memes the press and media (and therefore the politicians) love so much.

I picked out one of those revelations from apostle George Monbiot (Twitter: @GeorgeMonbiot) since getting what he says and writes can not wait since for instance the grain shortage due to the invasion of Ukraine and the grain crop failure in India may cost the life of hundreds of thousands of people and will damage millions of children for life. That are Memes, right !!! And Georges book affects at least 6 of the above mentioned crises, marked with an *.

What we can do about those is described in his recently published book:

George Monbiot “REGENESIS” -Feeding The World Without Devouring The Planet- ; published by Allen Lane (26 May 2022)

1. You can get a very good summary of his book when you take about 30 minutes to view this video on Youtube:


Monbiot’s comment on this video is: ” I doubt 1 in 100 people fully grasps the scale of the global food emergency we’re facing, the deep reasons why it has been building since 2015, and what’s needed to fix it. I seek to explain it as concisely as possible, in 30 mins. I beg you to watch it.

2. One of the reader reactions is : Just finished reading Regeneresis by George Monbiot – a brilliant book. So well researched. Rips apart our current agicultural system methodically and convincingly. A sobering read for sure but full of hope too. Made me feel, for the first time in a while that all is not lost.

3. I can fully imagine that Farmers and their whole value chains of farmfood importers, the four huge food conglomerates, butchers and meat shops will be not amused by this ‘revelations’. In The Netherlands cattle farmers (Boze Boeren) have demonstrated and blocked highways with their tractors recently protesting the *nitrogen production measures declared by our Agricultural Minister and backed by the EU. I urge them to read this book and prepare for intelligent transitions to introduce more diverse cattle-less food production in parallel with meat asap. Famines are a higher priority than cattle.

4. Interestingly the focus of farming and crop yield is shanging at the same time to what happens SUB-SOIL : Soil Ecology Especially in India and Africa widespread experiments. Subsoil knowledge is avilable very widespread and is very well established at the Wageningen University and Research institutes WUR in he Netherlands.

Five steps for regeneration of subsoil

5. To put this “revelation” into context we can now recognize five Wealth Surges & golden ages in History with techno-economic shifts between them as described by prof. Carlota Perez, University College London:

  1. The Industrial Revolution
  2. Age of steam & railways
  3. Steel & heavy engineering
  4. Age of Oil, Chemo-Mechanics, Automobiles and mass production
  5. The age of ICT, Telecom networks and Internet (now). Network effects, synergy

Next will be:

6. Circular Economy, Biotech, Nanotech, repair, re-use
7. Regeneration of ecologies and 1Planet Nature including humans

So this Regenesis revelation describes and sets into movement the seventh Wealth Surge where many things still have to be discovered. At present prof. Perez is writing a new book describing the above ages with their general purpose technology drivers and the transitions between them which cause uncertainty and crises for many vested interests and stagnant mindsets causing huge conflicts and even wars.

6. And …..young people often want in their life efforts to be part of something bigger than just a future of slavery of a 9 – 5 job. They can when they project their concerns on The Planet and how we can start working to Regenerate Nature and human societies. Gaia is her name. And she will wake up soon.

jaap van till, The Connectivist

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Drinking Water from Air

See video on link below

This invention is a breaktrough !!! Key is that water can be condensed from humid air, even in the deserts of our planet. Solar power and gravity are used for this prizewinning invention.

Now familiar pattern for serious innovations (see my other blogs): Universities ridiculed mr. Ap Verheggen when he proposed it some years ago. but he and his team made it work with the Sunglacier – produces 1200 liters water a day and the Doppler – 30 liters/ day. A backpack portable version is in preparation.

Now on test sites all over the world.

These machines will be put in production at scale next year (2023).

Jaap van Till, The Connectivist


Information about the SunGlacier Technology

  Ap Verheggen News

A technology that will change the world!

We have designed a new and highly-efficient technology that produces volumes of clean water from the air, almost anywhere in the world. Our drive to accomplish this comes from the starting point that clean water should be accessible to everyone.

Sunshine, gravity and air – are free to everyone. We apply these elements to their maximum potential (together in a unique way) to contribute to the solution of the earth’s main problem: fresh, clean water availability.

Detail of “Growing Waterfall” inside the SunGlacier unit.

How does it work?
We condense water vapor in cold falling water: “the growing waterfall” principle. The volume of the waterdrops grow, as the water falls down. The total volume of the water increases rapidly with this method.

What are the advantages?
– The technology is simple and easy to maintain.
– Each cubic meter of air entering the system is dehumidified to the maximum possible amount.
– This is an energy-friendly method: smaller units are designed to run on solar energy and/or hybrid.
– A key advantage of this system is that no water evaporates during the process.
– This system can be scaled up easily.
– We have greatly expanded the working climate/temperature range of ​​previous conventional dehumidification methods.

Where does this technology work?
The SunGlacier system is already in operation when the dew point temperature exceeds 5 Celsius. And on the top of the Dutch pavilion at the Dubai Expo, we have easily produced water in temperatures higher than 50 Celsius. During the first test runs we succeeded to generate 50 liters/hour. (=1200 liters/day) Even in extremely dry and hot conditions, our system produces large volumes of fresh water.

SunGlacier is located on top of the Dutch pavilion, at Expo2020. The water is used to create a rain shower. Picture: cross section of the pavilion, by v8 architects.

Are other SunGlacier machines already in use?


  • Dubai 2020 Expo
    We built a large unit that can harvest hundreds of liters of water per day from the desert air for the Dutch Pavilion in Dubai. The water is used in the pavilion to produce a spectacular rain shower and to grow a variety of plants. The outgoing cold air of the container helps to cool the building.
  • Droppler 20
    We built a small series of mobile units for the Dutch Ministry of Defense which produces an average of 20 liters of water per day. This Droppler 20 series has even managed to extract more than 30 liters of water per day in some locations. These machines are being field tested around the world.
  • SunGlacier Backpack (in development)
    What could be better than traveling with a backpack that independently produces drinking water every day – for decades? This concept is still science fiction but hopefully soon will turn into reality! We have already built the world’s smallest water-from-air device, and are still optimizing the technology.

SunGlacier system installed on top Dutch Pavilion – World Expo Dubai

  Ap Verheggen News

The SunGlacier – water from air – machine is finally installed. First test runs showed a result of 50 liters/hour, which means 1200 liters/day!!!! That number is even beyond our own expectations. The countdown to the opening started (October 1st)

©Faisal Khatib Photography and ©Dutch Dubai
©Faisal Khatib Photography and ©Dutch Dubai

Delivery of the first Droppler machines at Dutch Defense

  Ap Verheggen News

What started as the “Art meets Science” project SunGlacier, resulted in the deliverance of the 2 first Droppler machines to the Dutch Ministry of Defense, partner of the DCHI (Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation). This innovative technology is able to harvest efficiently water from air in almost all parts of the world. CD&E – The department Concept Development and Experimentation helped us in making a dream come true. Thank you for all support to find a real solution for an urgent climate problem: the lack of clean water.

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The Electronic/Optic Networks Value Chain

Hugo de Groot
  1. On holiday I recently discovered that the famous legal/diplomatic scientist Hugo de Groot aka Grotius 1583-1645 is a family member of mine, through links with the Van Haersolte and Van Panthaleon van Eck families.

One of his greatest achievements is his legal document Mare Liberum (De Vrije Zee = The Open Sea) which still has impact on present Sea Law. In it De Groot for the first time developed the concept of a (mondial=) planetary community, from the idea that the sea should be accessible, so communication between tribes of people can be maintained and hose tribes would not prevent each other to reach overseas coasts. In practice he aimed by defining the Sea “open”, beyond an x-mile zone from the coasts, that ships would have a free passage though narrow straights. You should understand that the Pope in Rome had declared before this book that all seas to the west of Rome would be property of Spain and all seas to the east of Rome to be property of the Portugese kingdom. This was not acceptable to the Provinces of The Netherlands who ran the first multinational company: VOC shipping. Bringing goods and people from port A to B without much interest in going inland. Around that time the King of England declared that all seas of the world where property of England. That is why the Mare Liberum was such a breakthrough in legislation. Beyond the x miles off the coast the captain was the only law. Except that he or she had to report to the ships owners (hence their flag) when coming home to declare his/her decisions and show maps of discovered coasts. And not including flag-less pirates, not to be confused with Privateers (Kapers) merchant vessels who had a contract to attack specific enemy ships.

NL translation from Latin of Mare Liberum

2. Why do I tell you all this? The point is that more and more national governments see that the impact and influence on society, business and politics of Internet is so huge that they have to govern it with national regulations and laws. Despite the fact that these controlaholic public servants do not even know what Internet is and do not know the difference between the ISO-OSI levels of transmission & switching and for instance information services like the WWW, governments compete in their zeal to tame the beast: cybercrime, privacy, cyberwar, AI ethics etc. are turning into complete industries. That is why for instance J.P. Barlow RIP gave his famous lecture in Davos stating simply that “governments have NO JURISDICTION in Cyberspace” since that virtual space resides between the ears of people !

Sure the Internet Society ( and its chapters of able engineers in the construction process of the IETF have defined laws and regulations for things that have to standardised (called requests for comment 🙂 = RFC) worldwide to enable end-to-end communication. All this is based on a number of Network Architectural Rules that must adhered to in order to expand Internet again and again. One of the Fathers of Internet Vinton Cerf has declared several times that these, STILL DEVELOPING rules and regulations, do in fact constitute a modern day Internetum Liberum (The Open Internet) for our present Planetary Community, also known as the Civil Sociey. Maybe a present day Hugo de Groot can be found to write them down in a publishable and understandable (for politicians) form ?

3. It is important to recognize that new PLANETARY patterns are emerging in technology and business that are playing an ever greater role in our lives. You may have noticed that a new hugely successful value chain has developed in our midst, puzzling national politicians and regulators no end. To put it simply; because it is much more complicated, no longer “national” only and evolves and changes daily; that value chain DRIVES LEADING EDGE ELECTRONICS and ICT in the world.

What have these trans-national companies in common? They are the best of the best in their field and employ the most bright and skilled young boys and girls available ( giga nerds , Yes !!!). If you are uncertain where to go after your graduation and are very good at a certain things which gives you satisfaction which can be grown into an obsession…… go talk to one of these companies !!

4. It even goes much deeper. Each of these top class companies has developed into a NETWORK ORGANIZATION.

a. They each have a small group of top class SPECIALISED suppliers. For instance ASML only makes designs and builds an x percentage themselves of the things they put together into very complicated lithography machines. The rest is aquired from the selected specialised suppliers.

b. They maintain extremely high quality standards on what is delivered to them, as well as what they sell.

c. Maintain very strong rules on availability and delivery on promises.

d. co-devellop in open cooperation but with strong enforcement of secrecy to the outside world.

e. Have steep learning curves for all participants, and change & improve at a fast pace. If competitors have copied (parts of) their products and have built factories for mass production of those, they already are going to anounce new deliverable products which are much better in price/performance/energy use.

“Network organizations” are the new trend to be reckoned with. They will spread into society, science and politics sooner than you can imagine, building and enforcing planetary communities, active with creating value for the survival of all of us. They are driven by the 3rd (Reed’s Law; group membership) and 4th (Van Till’s Law; cooperation and collaboration) networking effect, much more powerful than the 1st broadcasting (Sarnoff’s Law) and 2nd (Metcalfe; communication with conversations). The 4th network effect & synergy happens when a network of combinations is made between a diversity of unique contributions. See:

5. It should not surprise you that Network Organisations need very high quality Communication Networks in multple countries to operate, and across borders. This is achieved by long distance optical fiber cable network providers. Such fiber cables have been and are rolled out all over the world as Fiber-to-the-home and FiberTTBusiness digital infrastructures and by way of Internet Exchanges in big cities and Cloud Computer hyperscale processing and datastorage centers. These digital infrastructures are driven by a Dark Fiber (Fibre) Market. Reason when optic fiber cables are installed in trences / ducts/ overhead it makes sense to use cables with many (for instance 92) fibers to have room for future connections. So there are either no fibers available or an abundance from A to B. In that case cable link providers are often willing to lease dark cable pairs (under a IRU rule: Irrefutable Right of Use) to other network companies or for instance university networks for a lower fee.

Map of main digital transmission cables connecting Cities

This is also an area which is booming, where new jobs are created and vast improvements are made by clever young engineers. This field is in a transition from electronic networks –> optic networks which started 40 years ago with the invention of fiber optic cables. All over the ICT field moves are made to replace electrons with photons, which is just gathering light ! Hugo de Groot rules OK ?!

6. Establishing and nurturing EXTERNAL connections and relations should be recognized as vital to survive. Not many people know or want to recognize that a very large part of our culture was developed by discussions between top scientists & court wizzards from Asia, India, Europe, Egypt, Persia gathering together in Central Asia in 800 until the 12th Century. They took long leaves and sabbaticals from the courts of their own kings, under the pretext of having to learn from their collegues top scientists how better to forecast from the observed stars the best days for attaque of the kings armies. See “Lost Enlightenment” – Central Asia’s Golden Age; from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane; S. Frederick Starr.

  • Lost Enlightenment recounts how, between the years 800 and 1200, Central Asia led the world in trade and economic development, the size and sophistication of its cities, the refinement of its arts, and, above all, in the advancement of knowledge in many fields. Central Asians achieved signal breakthroughs in astronomy, mathematics, geology, medicine, chemistry, music, social science, philosophy, and theology, among other subjects. They gave algebra its name, calculated the earth’s diameter with unprecedented precision, wrote the books that later defined European medicine, and penned some of the world’s greatest poetry. One scholar, working in Afghanistan, even predicted the existence of North and South America―five centuries before Columbus. Rarely in history has a more impressive group of polymaths appeared at one place and time. No wonder that their writings influenced European culture from the time of St. Thomas Aquinas down to the scientific revolution, and had a similarly deep impact in India and much of Asia.
Co-creation with the best

If we want to restart Enlightenment in our day and age I recommend that we start working from the driving forces and synergy of the above mentioned networks on every level which activity i call “CONNEXIO LIBERUM” which is contagious and fruitful for all connected and cooperating participants.

In ICT I forecast a next wave/learning curve based on applications on top of a layer of linked & distributed computers with the help of HoloChain software. For instance in Australia built a user-side devices grid of appliances that can stabilise the local fluctuations of Solar & Wind renewable energy. Including a user – supplier accounting & billing system. Yes, with cars as batteries.

Jaap van Till, TheConnectivist

PS The “network organization” model also applies to groups/teams within the successful companies. The participants (young engineers etc) are the best of the best. You can compare these teams with for instance world class football (socker) teams. You may have noticed that these are formally national or large city teams but the best specialized players are hired from all over the world irrespective of their place of birth or shoe size, as long as they are the “best of the best” AND can play together as a team. Also the spectators are no longer purely geographical bounded to enforce their cultural identity. Members of the Ajax spectator club are no longer found only in Amsterdam. They are networked too !! Trans-(mental / physical) borders.

((updated June 29, 2022))

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Nonviolent Campaigns in the Civil Society

Ivan Marovic has writen a guide on how to organize a non-violent movement which can lead to improvements in the Civil Society. This guide has been used successfuly in a number of countries, and improved every time based on what was done, to resist authoritarian/ fascist regimes and dictators.

Its origins can be traced back to the book of former general Gene Sharp “From Dictatorship to Democracy” FDTD, Einstein Institute. See Wikipedia and . Warning: regimes have also read FDTD. For instance activists in Iran have been sentenced by verdicts saying “you used method x from FDTD”. So you better be creative and surprising. Audace, Audace!

  1. To understand what the guide is for and its journey sofar i recommend you read the recent article of Ivan Marovic:

2. Here is the link to the guide that you can use to download the Guide. It is also published as a book and as a Kindle file: The Path of Most Resistance: A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning Nonviolent Campaigns, 2nd Edition Paperback – 3 maart 2021

For link: Review: includes link for FREE pdf download from @CivilResistance

May your change campaign be very well prepared, democratic and successful. And that it create concensus for the necessasary changes.

  • “Democracy” essentialy means that the Demos (Latin for population) lead society and economy. Total agreement is not needed.
  • Populist governments always fail because its powercontroling leaders select loyal/obedient subleaders over competent ones.
  • And dictators can not cope with complexity so they do dictate from very simplified mental models in their heads, instead of listening to messages from the population who may have learned fast from what they do together. If people no longer listen & understand eachother and can discuss issues openly, only then bullets will start to fly.
  • So the plans for change should include processes for open learning and continuing improvement in the future. Otherwise you construct a “From Dictatorship To new Dictatorship”. Egypt fell into that trap. Until now.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

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New Book by Sibylle Berg: RCE- RemoteCodeExecution

Pink cover (skin color)

About the expected Worldwide REVOLT OF HACKERS. Instead of looking backwards at Russia, USA, UK and China. It may be more relevant to look what is coming. What are the young people doing.

Her first book was about young refusenics in England who did succeed in starting an isolated value creating community, outside the consumer culture created by their parents.

This book goes much further the hidden communities contain quite clever software wizzkids and white hat geeks that start to communicate with eachother. And they stop the greedy money gathering oligarch systems. Yes, they can hit the parasites. A last try to stop the process of extermination of humanity.

This new book is also in German but it is being translated by the publisher  @KiWi_Verlag (Kiepenheuer & Witsch , Koln)

About the author: Sibylle Berg lives in Zürich, Schwitzerland. Her work consists of 27 theater plays, 16 books and was translated in 34 languages. Latest Vlog: “Nerds retten die welt” 2020.

I hope we survive. Not for me, but for my children and grandchildren. When I ask them ‘what do you want to be in the future, they usualy answer as nerds do: ‘older than now :-)’ .

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

PS: i will add a more in-depht review later, when I have read it.

PS 2 there is a video leader about this book, see for that the Instagram site of @sibylleberg

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Powerful Ideas of P2P Michel Bauwens

This is a Must-See video of an interview by mrs. Pim Kemasingki Editor of “City Life” – Chiang Mai, of the famous inspirer of the P2P Foundation Michel Bauwens. See also the Foundations blog.

I recommend that take a look of this video several times. It might contain ideas that are unfamiliar to you, but will reveal themselves faster than lightning in the near future. I that sense Michel is a GURU and P2P-ORACLE.

Much of his recent work focusses on Commons and sharing work and wealth creation at local / city scales. “Cosmo-Local” instead of national or Neo-Lib (WEF).

great interview

He also talks about crypto money and what China is doing.

All looked at from a long time perspective, as it should be. I am also happy that he briefly mentioned the new balance which is developing between the 3 poles of the Trias Internetica , that I have introduced years ago: The State / Business / Civil Society .

Invite him to come and present his views on what we can DO !

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

PS. For the serious scientist & student i can recommend the background Cultural & Historical studies that Bauwens has undertaken to get a better view on the present direction of things :

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They Are Messing With Your Digital Twin

((updated on May 16 2022 with full trancript of the text spoken))

This is a warning from prof.dr. Dirk Helbing about what is happening in the next stages of digital surveillance. No longer only for advertising purposes. Now also for mindfucking, and control of the ideas and views of the population. Dictators have long dreamed to do this. “1984” was a fairytale compared to what is done now.

**** Here is the link to the full text transcript of this lecture video:

If THIS is called “Democracy” as the answer to Authoritarian Dictatorships, then we the People ( the DEMOS) should start fighting this controlaholic empire too.

Please RT this to your friends.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

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Consequences of the New IPCC Climate Report

Lemille’s Lecture

This will have huge impact.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

=============== Kiley Arroyo wrote: ================

The IPCC released its first report in 1990. Over 30 years later now in 2022, the word “colonialism” finally made its way into the IPCC’s sixth assessment report. The panel’s working group 2 report, which looks at the impacts of climate change on people, listed colonialism not only as a driver of the climate crisis but also as an ongoing issue that is exacerbating communities’ vulnerability to it.

Now, the world’s top scientists are acknowledging that decolonization must be central to the global response to climate change. This has tremendous potential for how world leaders (conceive of) and shape future climate policy.

The IPCC released its first report in 1990. Over 30 years later, the word “colonialism” finally made its way into the IPCC’s sixth assessment report. The panel’s working group two report, which looks at the impacts of climate change on people, listed colonialism not only as a driver of the climate crisis but also as an ongoing issue that is exacerbating communities’ vulnerability to it.

Now, the world’s top scientists are acknowledging that decolonization must be central to the global response to climate change. This has tremendous potential for how world leaders (conceive of) and shape future climate policy.

========== paper by YESSENIA FUNES in Atmos Earth======


Yes, Colonialism Caused Climate Change, IPCC Reports


A woman dressed with traditional clothes wearing a face mask with the word “decolonize” in Spanish.
(Photograph by Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images)



The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its final report Monday. The Frontline explores the significance of the sixth report finally naming “colonialism” as a historical and ongoing driver of the climate crisis.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its first report in 1990. Over 30 years later, the word “colonialism” finally made its way into the IPCC’s sixth assessment report. The panel’s working group two report, which looks at the impacts of climate change on people, listed colonialism not only as a driver of the climate crisis but also as an ongoing issue that is exacerbating communities’ vulnerability to it.

The addition of one word may not seem like a big deal—but don’t be fooled. This is major. The IPCC publishes a summary for policymakers alongside every report. This is the document world leaders look to when they’re in the thick of negotiations at COP, the annual U.N. climate meeting. The summary’s final language is meticulously scrutinized and discussed line by line—and not just by the world’s top scientists, but also by officials representing 195 governments. That means that officials and scientists from around the globe now recognize the significant role colonialism has played in heating up our planet and destroying its many gifts.

Welcome to The Frontline, where we’re celebrating the climate justice movement that helped make this happen. I’m Yessenia Funes, climate director of Atmos. On Monday, the IPCC released its final section in its sixth assessment. The working group three report is focused on mitigation, or how leaders can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And guess what? There’s plenty of time to prevent climate catastrophe if leaders just listen to the science.

“It’s about time.”

That was Adrien Salazar’s reaction when he saw that “colonialism” finally made it into the IPCC report last month. Salazar is the policy director for Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, which is made up of over 60 groups advocating for the rights of the most marginalized. 

The role of colonialism in creating the climate crisis has been a part of the climate justice movement’s narrative for decades. At COP26 last year, Brazilian Indigenous activist Taily Terena opened the Indigenous Peoples Pavilion with these words: “Colonialism caused climate change. Our rights and traditional knowledge are the solution.”

Now, the world’s top scientists are acknowledging that decolonization must be central to the global response to climate change. This has tremendous potential for how world leaders shape future climate policy. Many advocates are worried about false climate solutions that promise to decrease carbon emissions (and may do so) but risk harming people along the way. 

“With this additional language finally being incorporated into the IPCC reports, I hope that we are more equipped to hold colonial states and governments accountable to not perpetuating colonialism as we respond, adapt, and mitigate the climate crisis,” said Jade Begay, the climate justice campaign director for NDN Collective, an Indigenous rights organization.

Many communities on the ground are still living through the remnants of colonialism—and fighting the forms into which it has evolved. We only have to look at the Russian occupation of Ukraine to remember that colonialism is still alive and well. Or to fossil fuel tycoons who desecrate Indigenous lands in chase of profit. Or the U.S. military-industrial complex whose tanks and fighter jets make it among the world’s top carbon polluters.

“Our country [the U.S.] was born out of colonialism and slavery,” Salazar said. “That has been reinforced over generations by policy.”

European colonialism—the act of exploiting land and resources on which others are already dependent—didn’t only devastate the local communities living on the lands settler-colonizers stole. Colonialism also devastated ecosystems

“What I’d like to see, then, is for countries like the U.S. to create mechanisms where those communities that are negatively impacted have the resources they need to heal their communities.”


“It was not only an economic exercise,” said Tero Mustonen, a lead author of the working group 2 report who’s the chairperson for Snowchange, a Finnish organization that works closely with Arctic Indigenous peoples. “It was also a massive terraforming exercise.” 

The planet still carries the scars of that trauma today—in the form of extinction, deforestation, and pollution. The communities that survived this genocide from Africa to North America have had to mend their own wounds while surviving generations later in a world run by white supremacy and structural racism. A world that barely acknowledges their existence or the historical harms they’ve faced. That must change if we are all to survive climate change. A response that doesn’t take this history into account risks the lives of people who have already lost too much.

“If we want to make sure that there is a livable planet for all, the window for that is tiny,” said Lisa Schipper, an environmental social science research fellow at the University of Oxford who was a coordinating lead author on the IPCC’s working group two report. “If we want to have a livable planet for some, which seems to be what some politicians are thinking, then the window of opportunity might be bigger, but then we’re making a conscious decision to sacrifice people.”

So, how did this happen? Well, thanks to organizers like Salazar—but also thanks to scientists. 

In the eight years since the last IPCC assessment report, there has been an explosion in literature drawing links between climate change and colonialism. The IPCC reports compile findings from thousands of papers that already exist. Authors don’t make original conclusions—they put all the pieces together and present a full picture to the public.

Mustonen of Snowchange was one of the authors who crafted the language around colonialism in the working group two report. But he didn’t work alone. In fact, a team came together to create the first technical paper on Indigenous and local knowledge eligible to make it into an IPCC report. The paper, published independently last year, required close collaboration with communities so that the researchers could submit evidence of observed climate impacts within the parameters the IPCC requires.

“There is a mechanism now in place that enables Indigenous and local communities directly to inform the panel, for the first time, of the ways they see history, justice, and climate impacts,” Mustonen said. “That was a game changer.”

And that paper wasn’t the only game changer. The IPCC featured more social scientists, scientists of color, and women scientists than previous reports, too. Involving researchers who deal with more history and society rather than models and data goes a long way. 

This time around, the IPCC engaged more Indigenous authors, in particular, explained Sherilee Harper, a lead author on the report who is the Canada research chair in climate change and health at the University of Alberta. Every single chapter in the working group two report covered Indigenous topics. And Indigenous authors were the ones writing many of these sections on traditional knowledge and colonialism. 

“That is really important because Indigenous self-determination in climate change assessment processes is really, really critical,” Harper said. “There’s definitely still room for improvement, and it’s just a small step forward—but a critical and important step forward.”

There’s great power in the IPCC pointing to colonialism as a climate cause. Those on the frontlines of climate disaster now have another tool in their pocket, said Ozawa Bineshi Albert, the co-executive director of the Climate Justice Alliance, which brings together climate organizations dedicated to protecting Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. Advocates don’t have to waste time educating the U.N. anymore on the issue. Instead, they can focus on pushing world leaders toward the right climate solutions that will build the equity communities so sorely deserve. For instance, conservation goals can be set in partnership with the Indigenous people who live within the ecosystems officials want to protect. Otherwise, efforts can risk further local land dispossession.

“What I’d like to see, then, is for countries like the U.S. to create mechanisms where those communities that are negatively impacted have the resources they need to heal their communities,” said Albert, who is Yuchi and Anishinaabe. 

And she wants to be clear: colonialism affects us all, not just her Indigenous people who bore the brunt of it. With this clarity, perhaps climate reparations will finally get its day. The IPCC has certainly helped make a case. Undoing the damage of colonialism will be an uphill struggle, but the IPCC has made the work just a wee bit easier. After all, you can’t build a world you can’t imagine. Including Indigenous voices in the process secures a better world for us all.

======Speech by Alexandre Lemille, The Humansphere, Lille University, France, EU

This speech was delivered at the FashionGreenhub Conference April 8, 2022.

((Translated by me from French is this very important summary:))

The message delivered this morning at the Fashion Green Days: in a world where the IPCC indicates that we have three years to react and act, the path of regeneration of life on Earth seems the one and only way to preserve a world acceptable to all.

Beyond circularity, ‘regenerative lifestyles’ are the only ones to use diffuse energies, to give access to off-center materials and with enough empathy for all.

In short, the only ones are able to take care of everything and everyone.

We have seen, through examples, how to learn to see one’s company as part of a system in which it could develop laterally. A host of ecosystem, and therefore economic, opportunities would result.

The idea here is to get out of our siloed approaches to think bigger, to understand the potential of the bio-regions on which we depend to evolve into systems. We need to develop reciprocal relationships that generate mutual benefits.

This system-based, interlocking, empathetic, interconnected thinking will allow us to preserve the conditions of life on Earth for generations to come, and therefore will prepare our companies much better for the shocks to come.

Including the “preservation of life” in all the ‘raison d’être’ of companies is the first step towards this regeneration.


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The Power of Civil Society at Work

Spontaneous p2p cooperation using functions of the Internet.

Connecting hundreds of the best violinists of the world, accross many borders.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

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Putin The Thief

((updated April 23, 2022 and May 8))

New book by Bill Browder, in which he tells the story of how all his life Putin has enriched himself at the expense of the Russian people, in order to use the money to bribe the rich and influentials in the West and the powerful in the Russian Federation its-self. In Leningrad, in Dresden etc. Slowly working himself to the top of the Oligarchs. And building a Kleptocracy with his oligarch friends of policemen, top cadre in ministries, military chiefs and diplomats until he reached ambitions of Empire.

Sadly his Tsardom is hopelessly outdated and bound to collapse since sooner or later the Russian PEOPLE will have had enough of this greedy anachronism. It simply does not work, as shown by the defeat in the war in #Ukraine. Nevertheless Putin/ Souron and his Orc masters seem to have started believing in their own lies.

“Freezing Order” refers to the chilling story told in this book about theft from govt (public) funds, killings, blaming the victims and money laundering through chains of fake companies in many countries and the #MagnitskyLaw to freeze bankaccounts outside Russia of the thieves in high places in Kremlin and GRU hq. This book shows why Vlad Putin helped #Trump to win the election and what he wanted from the Prez in return: that the effort to get the Magnitzky Law adopted in many countries would be stopped, since it started to endanger the personal fortune of Putin, parked in the West.

This book also explains why Putin and his crew in the Kremlin STARTED THE WAR IN #UKRAINE: to distract attention from his kleptocratic fortune, laundred through a maze of bank tranfers, exposed by Browder and his crew.

The book by Browder is now available in the USA and in Europe. A real page turner, but unfortunately true

Here are some reviews from Twitter:


Joanna Elmy @joannaelmy

·Excited for this.@Billbrowder is a crucial voice in times of war if you want to understand Russia (and how the West enabled/s it)


Ian Marshall @IanPlayfair.

Great to see that @Billbrowder brilliant & important new book about #Putin & the #Oligarchs, Freezing Order, is already one of Amazon’s top Hot New Releases. Some amazing advance praise already: ‘explosive, compulsive’ says @stephenfry. ‘mind-blowing’ says @CatherineBelton


You can order it now, and is available in the stores and Amazon .

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

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