Entries in lee van ham (42)
I remember seeing my mother cry sometimes when her six kids and the schedule of the day simply overwhelmed her. So now I see and hear Mother Earth crying. As a kid, when my mother was brought to tears, overwhelmed by work on top of uncooperative kid stuff, I felt ashamed, changed my behavior, and stepped up to help her. Similarly, all who have ears to hear and eyes to see know that Mother Earth is crying because the capital-driven economy has overwhelmed her. How better to cry out than by giving us unbearable weather day after day?
No jobs, austerity programs, excessive wealth for the 1%, bailouts that moved money from middle and lower class to big banks! All of these during the past five years have reduced confidence in “free market” capitalism according to a new global poll by Pew Research. Even 24% of us in the U.S. now doubt that our lives are better with this system.
Not since 3 million years ago (Pliocene Era) has Earth had 400 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide in the air. But those levels have been recorded this year in Alaska, Greenland, Norway, and Mongolia.
Recently Elinor Ostrom died. She won the Nobel Prize in economics for her lifelong work on how a commons can be managed successfully. As such, she contributed mightily to a jubilee economy. She wrote up many examples of successful commons management, debunking the notion that a commons is regularly victimized by human greed.
A jubilee economy looks for ways to hold land that it is kept accessible to all. That means keeping it away from some investors whose sole interest is speculating that the price will go up. Community Land Trusts fit the bill. That’s why JEM has been intensively involved in the San Diego Community Land Trust since its founding. In the process, Richard Lawrence, a SDCLT Founding Board Member and current Secretary, has become a good friend and an advocate for jubilee. In 2010, Richard and his SDCLT colleague Anastasia Brewster were guests on The Common Good Podcast episode 8.
What are the Nine Convictions essential to living on our one Earth instead of requiring several planets as we do now?