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Jorge Riechmann – Rebuilding Cultures, Transforming Identities: On the Need for Socio-Ecological Conversion

27/05/2017
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Fons audiovisual / Lectures and debates

Unsustainable Politics and Subjects
Petroleum (Third Session)

‘How will the twenty-first century row / to get to where...,’ Felix Grande asks us in that immense poem La cabellera de la Shoá (The Hair of the Shoah). Indeed, the way ahead looks difficult: we know that BAU (Business As Usual) leads to the collapse of industrial societies. Ecocide, accompanied by genocide, is not an ineluctable fatality, but today we are advancing at full speed toward that abyss. To avoid this, deep changes would be necessary, comparable to those that shook human communities during the Neolithic Revolution and the Industrial Revolution; but in this case they would have to be intentional changes, guided by values such as sustainability, equality, cooperation and biophilia. Self-restraint: limiting oneself to allow the other to exist. Self-construction: political and moral DIY to remedy some of the defects of the faulty monkey that we are. Impossible? Since the alternatives are frightening, we will have to try. This presentation will examine some of the cultural dimensions of this possible Great Transformation.

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