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EDA NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY 2020
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THIS MONTH IN EDA NEWS
CLIMATE CHANGE AND SYSTEM CHANGE - What's the Difference?
EDA REFERENDUMS - Walking the Talk
WHAT WE'RE READING & WATCHING - Water, Energy and Global Stewardship
MANAGING DIRECTOR - Visiting Future Planet Europe
INTERVIEW WITH JACELYN ECKMAN - EDA and Loomio
– CLIMATE CHANGE AND SYSTEM CHANGE –
What's the Difference?

Growing numbers of people are focused on global warming and its debilitating effects on society and ecology. The world has begun to organize mass movements to mitigate and adapt to climate change. This is a new and very important development.

Yet many of us don't understand that carbon dioxide emissions and extreme weather conditions are largely the result of structural imbalances in society. The technologies that are being developed to deal with the crises arising from climate change are a product of the very system from which they evolved. As such, they tend to perpetuate the imbalances inherent in that system.

Replacing current energy sources with renewables by the same manufacturers does nothing to change the fundamental system on which our economies are based. The rich in extractive and exploitative economies will still be rich and the poor will still be poor.

For example, the electric car batteries and computer technologies that most of us have come to depend on require lithium and cobalt which are mined by multinationals in countries where labor is exploited and the physical environment decimated, while profits are returned to the company’s stockholders.

Bringing climate change under control
Climate change is the result of such long-term systematic social and economic imbalances. To actually bring climate change under control, we must identify and seek to change the underlying inequities that have given rise to our current conditions. This is not a problem for some far-off future, but an urgent challenge that requires fundamental structural reform on all levels today. This is EDA’s mandate: to advocate for legislative action that will lead to equitable and sustainable economies that exist in harmony with our physical environment. We must change the underlying system to have the greatest impact on climate change.

– EDA REFERENDUMS –
Walking the Talk

We believe that developing democratic processes will help us to fulfill our mission to promote economic democracy. EDA is committed to engagement with our members, as noted in our Charter:

Any Active Member can open a thread on the network platform to raise a new issue or contribute an opinion. The platform provides a ... place where a member can put forward ideas (that) the membership and Board of Trustees will continually review. It's a place where ... members may openly disagree with ideas and opinions, thus promoting healthy debate.

This year EDA will be developing a number of referendums to give our members greater input in the decision-making of the organization. To further that objective, we are considering training our members in how to generate a referendum on Loomio. If this is of interest to you, please send an email to EDA Secretary Eva Simonsen.

– WHAT WE'RE READING & WATCHING –
Water, Energy and Global Stewardship

Are We Running Out of Clean Water?
Despite water covering 71% of the planet's surface, more than half the world's population endures extreme water scarcity for at least one month a year. Current estimates predict that by 2040, up to 20 more countries could be experiencing water shortages. These statistics raise a startling question: is the Earth running out of clean water? Balsher Singh Sidhu takes a closer look at water consumption.

TED-Ed    Are We Running Out of Clean Water?     Time: 0:05:18

An Economic Case For Protecting the Planet
We all share one planet – we breathe the same air, drink the same water and depend on the same oceans, forests and biodiversity. Economist Naoko Ishii is on a mission. She wants to protect our shared resources known as the global commons that are vital for our survival. In an eye-opening talk about the wellness of the planet, Ishii outlines four economic systems we need to change to safeguard the global commons, making the case for a new kind of social contract with the earth.

TEDGlobal>NYC    An Economic Case For Protecting the Planet     Time: 0:14:15

Agriculture Consumes 92% of Freshwater Used Globally – US Leads Per Capita Consumption
This report tells us that agriculture is by far the greatest user of fresh water as well as tagging the United States as the greatest per capita user. It also points to some ideas about conservation of water.

What is Energy Denial?
A sobering article about renewable energy. It discusses a series of myths about renewables. Ultimately, we will need to make tradeoffs in the process of transferring to renewable energy.

– MANAGING DIRECTOR –
Visiting Future Planet Europe

Late this month, some of the world’s most visionary thinkers and activists will gather at Nova Lisbon University in Lisbon, Portugal, for the inaugural conference of Future Planet Europe

Sponsored by Prout-Global, this symposium on economic democracy will include EDA Managing Director James Quilligan as a keynote speaker. He will present key steps for building a more sustainable and just society in Europe.

– INTERVIEW WITH JACELYN ECKMAN –
EDA and Loomio

Early last year, our friends at Loomio asked for an interview with EDA Chair of Advocacy Training, Jacelyn Eckman, about our use of the Loomio platform. They made this interview available to their extensive global network, enabling many individuals and organizations to learn about who we are and where we're heading. We thought you’d be interested in seeing what the Loomio Network has been learning about us.

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