URGENT NOTE TO OUR AUDIENCE
We are sorry to inform that we were hacked recently and the Wiki was almost lost. We are working hard to reconstruct the Wiki as it was before the attack which happened this July 2013. Usually the hacks and smap are easy to eliminate but the attack was so widespread that we had to edit the database manually to delete large amount of spam records so we are now trying to fix the database model as the purge of the smap caused database inconsistencies.
We only wish that the hackers who did this would understand the important work we are trying to do here and would leave not only this Wiki but all other Wikis alone.
Robert F. Kennedy
"The system of banking we have both equally and ever reprobated . I contemplate it as a blot left in all our constitutions, which, if not covered, will end in their destruction, which is already hit by the gamblers in corruption, and is sweeping away in its progress the fortunes and morals of our citizens."
Thomas Jefferson, 1816
This site is about the reconciliation of humans and their socio-economic activities with the world from which we stem. That is, rationalizing the notion that humans are part of a system that includes other species that in turn complement our existence and in fact in many cases allow our very existence to continue. Take for example plants, which provide the non-naturally occurring free oxygen molecules that we breathe, so without plant life we would have to find ways to generate our own oxygen to survive, or we would have to genetically alter ourselves to find some other forms of exchanging CO2 and O2. But this would be stupid, because without plant life, we would have to alter many other things as well, because plants in turn are part of our food chain as a whole. Since humans are at the top of the food chain, they easily forget that we are part of the overall food chain and even of the overall system we commonly call Ecology.
The ecological crisis is known fact and the main cause of this crisis is human destruction of the environment to satisfy it's current social and especially economic systems. If we continue to destroy the ecosystem it will eventually destroy the established socio-economic systems as well. Although many people may find this argumentation "logical", the connection is not all too obvious, especially since the effects of ecological damage is not felt directly upon the established system (or so we may think because of our ignorance). The increasing world population is putting further strain on the environment, to the point that developing and developed countries have been buying off land in Africa, Latin America and other places in order to guarantee their future demand for food. By depleting forest in favor of farm land, it's not hard to envision a future where we may have to decide between feeding or breathing. After all, plant life is the only source of free Oxygen in air, and by the same token trees are the best sequesters of carbon, so killing them off for farm or urban development is definitively not a very wise decision.
The most renowned effect of ecological damage is the weather changes we are currently experiencing, collectively known as "Global Warming". Very few scientists and even governments can argue that it is not a real and worrying phenomenon. Nevertheless, global warming should be perhaps the least of worries. We know for a fact that everything is connected, yet we focus our attention to the individual problems rather than viewing the system as a whole. For example, changing weather affects crops and livestock, which in turn affect the economy. Likewise, es exemplified above, economic demands creates the needs to exploit natural resources in a way that is not sustainable and in turn destroys the environment.
It is also a known fact that the global economic system is in a crisis. It will not go away, and will only get worse unless the global economic system is re-engineered completely. The current fractional monetary system, based on an ever growing and unpayable debt, the creation of money out of thin air, and the generally embraced Keynesian "boom-bust" cycle must be revised. Furthermore, the current economic power shits and incredibly fast growing economies and exponential energy needs, are putting further strain on natural resources and the environment. At EkoWiki there is no doubt in our minds that Ecology and Economy and not only connected, but that they are interdependent in more ways than commonly thought.
So this portal is about understanding the symbiotic connection of the environment with the human socio-economic systems and trying to find practical solutions so that both systems don't becomes irremediably mutually exclusive. Sustainable change cannot be accomplished over night, so the proposals here cannot be Utopian, but rather they must be realizable withing the current system. It is simply stupid to face the establishment head-on, so we must find solutions that can be easily accomplished by individuals in their everyday lives, but that may have a great impact on the overall system.
For example, instead of challenging or trying to boycott the current financial system directly, we can teach people on how to effectively use the credit system, and show them why they must favor the use of their debit card. We can foster the creation of local or communal micro banks or financial systems that don't multiply money and create a more sensible credit system with non-for-profit interest rates. These are systems that can co-exist, complement and possibly even cooperate with the existing financial system.
We can also devise scientific solutions to many problems, for example the promotion of inner-city agriculture which would lower prices and positively affect the environment. Sequester CO2 from existing city power plants (and even automobiles) to grow algae, which is then used to create hydro-soluble fertilizers, in turn used to grow hydroponic rice, which by the way, reduces the methane emissions normally related to rice production (which are 22 times as bad a CO2 emissions) , and at the same time, we are reducing the cost (lowering both the production and distribution costs) and augmenting the production of such a critical crop in the middle of a crowded city; it would also reduce the energy need for the distribution of rice resulting in less need for hydrocarbon based fuels and CO2 emissions, and we could also sell the carbon credits on the stock market.
This site is are down-to-earth and practical ideas which can have a great short, medium and long-term positive effect on the environment and the economy. It also tries to deeply understand the very means of society and in turn it's economics and it's relation to the fragile spaceship we call Mother Earth. The address to these issues is also fundamental to the expansion of the human race outside of Earth and the colonization of other planets or merely surviving multi-generation journeys throughout space, which in one form or another would not really be the colonization by humans alone, but actually the migration of complete ecosystems on which the human depends. We feel that finding balance here on Earth, is an important or actually a fundamental step into the venturing of mankind outside of the planet, or better put, of our Ecology outside of Earth.
If you thought the current world economic crisis could not have been prevented, or you really think that government (of any country) is trustworthy and/or able to fix this situation by itself, think again. It would probably surprise you to know how many people aknowledge the flaws of the current system, both in the private and public sectors.
The references to Thomas Jefferson are not by chance. Jefferson was not only one of the greatest U.S. presidents, but a great oposer of the Federal Reserve system a.k.a fed, or central bank as it is known in many other countries. Events like the Federal Reserve Act signed by Woodrow Wilson in 1913, and the later disconnection of the US Dollar to gold by Nixon in 1971, can seem like unrelated events at first, but these and other events are connected in more than one way.
People often feel it's very little what they can do others, quite the opposite. But we can make organic change a grassroots movement that can really make difference and co-exist with status-quo to create a new. That's the main objective of EkoWiki. We don't want to fight banks, fishermen, hunters, oil companies, or race-car drivers, we want to understand what we can do to co-exist with our Ecological system as a whole: to stop refering to Man vs. Ecology, but rather Man is part of Ecology, and ultimately Mankind is non-existent without an Ecological system to sustain life, so Mankind is in fact contained in Ecology. No Ecology, no Mankind, it's that simple.
This Wiki is a public effort to change the world economy (or more precisely or Socio-economic systems) towards a sustainable human system. It may sound like an utopia, but in fact it is actually easy if it's done from the ground-up. The EkoWiki name comes from the roots of the Esperanto words Ekonomio and Ekologia
We've had people say that a portal on economics and ecology would dilute the site or cross-pollinate at best. Although it's a valid point of view, we think that there can be no environmental change unless it's economically feaseable and the economy cannot continue it's current path without ecological and sustainability awareness. So this site is an effort to analize the problem not only from economics and ecology, but also from sociology, anthropology and related social sciences. It's senseless, for example, to propose ideas that go against the very basics of evolutionary psycology, that is to propose a socio-economic system where social status is ignored.
Usage of this site
You can write about anything you want, as long as it's somehow pertinent or connected to the topics of economy, environment, political philosophy and social sciences in general. We are striving for actual proposals and ideas, not utopic ones (although not prohibited!), but rather actual practical things we can readily do in our daily lives to help change and better the world economy, and the sustainability of our planet.
You are free to make your contributions in any language of your choice. We may eventually support en.ekowiki, eo.ekowiki, fr.ekowiki, es.ekowiki, etc, but for the time being just indicate that your article is in a different language if it's not obvious. English will probably give your article more universal access, but hopefully we can eventually find volunteer translators that will help propagate the information herein into different languages and cultures. Articles in Esperanto are also welcome and encouraged.
The EkoWiki:Community_Portal contains a structured outline of topics, many of which may not even be developed. If you have an idea, please check this index to see if it's not already there, or add a new item if not (that is: create an entry in the Community Portal structured index).
This section contains direct links to articles or to other indexes, so we can group the information in a dynamic way. The use of kyperlinks is encouraged and important so please use them both as authors and readers.
Articles should be short in general to allow for re-grouping as the information grows. The idea is that we have thematic indexes, starting with the links in this section, that could point to specific articles, or better yet to thematic indexes that may group the information in different ways. In other words, we want the information to flow dynamically so don't worry too much on the structure because the whole idea is continually re-structure the information constantly. For this reason, each article should be small and very specific.
Also please remember to correctly categorize your articles by adding the Category:XXX tag at the end of each article. Please do not wildly make-up categories but rather check in Special:Categories to see if a category for your article already exists.
Here are some links you can follow that we want eventually to become a starting point Contents Page: