It could be otherwise: contingency and social transformation

Everything in the social world is contingent. All the institutions we’re part of, the norms we follow and the practices we adopt could all be different because they were made by human beings. They only stay the same because people continue to act as they do. If that stopped, everything would change. (https://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/luke-billingham/it-could-be-otherwise-contingency-and-social-transformation)

The past is narrated and the future is not fixed – Spot-on! On that note, also worth referring to Adorno’s Society and work in general (“Everything under the sun is socially-mediated”), Benjamin’s Thesis on the Concept of History, and Foucault’s The Order of Things  and work in general.

Brazilian soy industry extends moratorium on deforestation indefinitely

Conservation usually is a long list of bad news, so hearing something positive is rather quite rare and I think should be put forward much more! I’m not 100% sure about the current state of the amazon, but from what I hear it seems Brazil is doing a fairly decent job in stopping deforestation. An indefinite moratorium on soy bean expansion is a good sign especially coming from the industry and can hopefully function as an example for other industries and countries as well!

Here is the article: Mongabay – moratorium extension

/Marius

Montserrat’s last two mountain chicken frogs to be reunited to save species (Garmin)

Pretty fascinating species and a desperate attempt to save what is left. Unfortunately one of the best known cases of rapid amphibian decline, but there are probably many, many more we’ve never heard about

 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/27/monserrats-last-two-mountain-chicken-frogs-to-be-reunited-to-save-species