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From endless growth to a new form of democracy: Nafeez Mosadeqq Ahmed


Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed take us on a journey crammed with apparently discouraging facts about the state of our world today, but he manages to answer the question:

“How can the world move from a paradigm ruled by a few, who have had constant growth as the major goal, to a paradigm with community cooperation guiding the creation of a prosperous society for all?”

in a way that makes you want to start acting today. (Filmed at TEDxHornstull)

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed is a bestselling author, international security analyst and consultant. He is Chief Research Officer at Unitas Communications and founder and president of the Institute for Policy Research & Development (IPRD). Nafeez also wrote and produced the documentary feature film The Crisis of Civilization.  Full bio »

 


Quotes by Nafeez Mosadeqq Ahmed

00:32
“We are all aware of the devastating findings of Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change, the worst case scenario on a business as usual trajectory, you are all aware, global average temperatures will raise by six degrees Celcius by the end of this century. An inhabitable planet.”

01:45
“We could see a raise of 10 to 12 degree Celsius by the end of this century”

02:02
“With four fifths of the United states in drought, prolonged droughts in Russia and Africa and a lighter monsoon in India all due to climate change.”

02:24
“By mid century if we fail to act world crop yields could fall by as much as 20-40 % due to global warming alone.”

02:36
In 2012 the International Energy Agency acknowledge that world conventional oil production had most likely peaked in 2006

03:40
“Sir King also argues that oil companies have overestimated world oil reserves by about a third, so we are in trouble folks.”

05:13
“This is because the growth that we have experienced during the last decades has been tied inextricably to the systematic expansion of debt.”

06:18
“The heart of the problem is the squid structure of our current form of capitalism, which make endless material growth at any cost a seminal rational logical imperative”

06:29
“What is this structure let’s pin it down, it comes down to who owns the earth, todays capitalism is based on a completely unnatural condition where approximately 1 to 5 % of the worlds population own the entirety of the planets productive resources.”

07:09
“These are not separate crisis. They are interconnected symptoms of a global crises of civilization.”

07:15
“So how do we respond? We must first awaken to the reality that this isn’t the end but the beginning.”

07:23
“What we are witnessing is the collapse of the old paradigm.”

08:32
“In the UK there are 43 communities producing renewable energy through cooperative ownership structures.”

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