Mother Pelican
A Journal of Solidarity and Sustainability

Vol. 16, No. 12, December 2020
Luis T. Gutiérrez, Editor
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Advent-Christmas 2020 ~ Peace on Earth?

Let's use social media to sow peace and solidarity, not violence and division.
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NATIVITY, David Jones, 1924 ~ Prayer:
"By the mystery of thy Holy Incarnation,
deliver us / O Virgin Mother!
He whom the whole world cannot hold
was enclosed in thy womb."
Mass of the Eve of the Assumption

Invitation to Join the Blue Planet Club in Support of the Blue Planet's Systems of Life
Don Chisholm

Healing the Hearts and Minds of America
Jody Tishmack

No Matter Who Wins the Election, We Are on the Cusp of Major Change
Nate Hagens

The Economic Superorganism: Book Excerpt
Carey W. King





Some Social Implications of Concordian Economics
Carmine Gorga

The Covid Pandemic: Broadening the Discourse
Asoka Bandarage

After the COVID-19 Crisis: Two Possible Futures
Robert Costanza, Ida Kubiszewski, et al

Toward Global Sharing ~ Has the Time Come for a Universal Basic Income?
Adam Parsons

The Necessary Alternative to Growth is Degrowth
Dick Burkhart

A New Stark Clarity ~ What Happens Next?
Tim Morgan

Energy Is the Economy ~ Shrinkage in Energy Supply Leads to Conflict
Gail Tverberg

Artificial Intelligence, Human Supremacy ~ Grace Versus Dystopia
Eileen Crist

The Meat of the Matter: Diet, Climate, and the Steady State Economy
Haley Demircan

Thresholds, Cascades, and Wicked Problems
Rex Weyler

Resources for a Better Future: Renewable Energy
Alf Hornborg

Eco-Stalinism: A Tongue-in-Cheek Manifesto
Part 4 - The Green Man of Steel

Giorgio Baruchello

Rescuing Civilization: Does the Conservative/Progressive Rift Pose an Existential Threat to Humanity?
Donovan C. Wilkin

Environmental Movements Need to Critique Capitalism, Not Overpopulation
Sangeetha Thanapal

Orange Cone Headaches: Construction in an Overpopulated, Pro-Growth World
Karen I. Shragg

Making America Ungovernable
Richard Heinberg

Eco-productivism: Ecological Transition is a Political Issue
Louison Cahen-Fourot

Toward an Age of Low Tech for a More Resilient and Sustainable Society
Philippe Bihouix

Diversifying Power: Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy
Book Review by Jane K. Brundage

On Laudato Si', Fratelli Tutti, and the Terminal Decline of Patriarchal Civilization
Luis T. Gutiérrez

Invitation to Join the Blue Planet Club in Support
of the Blue Planet's Systems of Life

Don Chisholm

This article was originally published by
Blue Planet Club, November 2020


For now the Blue Plant Club is simply a portal for those who have come to accept the apparent realities of our times, or The Human Predicament, as coined 50 years ago by the Club Of Rome.

The 1st Apparent Reality of interest is that human-activity (gross human population plus all the things we do) has surpassed the carrying-capacity of the biophysical resources of our planet. Studies by the Ecological Footprint organization indicate that we started deficit spending our biophysical resources in the first eight months of this year.

The 2nd Apparent Reality is that economic-growth has become an ideology. Our governments appear fixated on increasing the growth of dollar-throughput which in turn increases the spending of biophysical resources.

Today's governance systems have not evolved to use dynamic feedback that could limit the money supply in order reduce human-activity to the point where humanity could live within our planet's biophysical budget as assessed by scientific measurement.

Our young generation will inherit the future. They don't like what they see. A few years ago Gretta Thunburg, the Swedish high school student, gained significant media attention about these issues. The voice of the Extinction Rebellion organization states: "We are running out of time, and our governments have failed to act."

The Blue Planet Governance Model

Page 2 of the three-page web booklet, Blue Planet Governance, describes a Regional & Global governance model designed to regulate human-activity toward a sustainable state. In this model the world is divided into largely autonomous regions that support a global umbrella organization to deal with global issues. Page 2 has a list of definitions and many reference web links.

Club membership is open to anyone who prefers the proposed BPG Model, as compared to what exists today. Page 3 is where you can become a BPClub member. There is a separate membership category for the many Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that work diligently on various elements of The Human Predicament. As membership grows we will choose a team of leaders to consider next steps.

The links to join are on page 3 of the Blue Planet Club website.


Don Chisholm is the Director of the Gaia Preservation Coalition. He is a retired engineering technologist whose career path dealt with dynamic systems, maintenance, design, management and quality assurance auditing, generally related to the aviation industry. The past thirty years have been spent studying human behaviours, energy, and other areas related to the human predicament. For his complete biography and contact information, click here.


"Nothing is so strong as gentleness,
nothing so gentle as real strength."

Francis de Sales (1567-1622)


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