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Susanne Zwingel
8 May 2011

What a beautiful thing to imagine!

The single most important shift is twofold: that those in positions of domination understand that their privilege is not a good thing for the planet, and that the disempowered - who know already that their vulnerability is not good for the planet - gain voice. In other words, a re-structuring of who has a say and is heard based on the collective well-being of humankind and the planet as a whole. This realization may come in many forms, for example: no investment in projects that harm the environment (or: profits can only result from sustainable economic action - and this profit will not land in the hands of only a few); the living standard in developed countries will radically alter (say: remove all petroleum-based products; cut energy consumption in half); the living standard in developing countries also change, but on a new, less wasteful development path. Such radical rethinking is democratically possible - if the marginalized voices around the globe are heard. The uprisings in the Middle East are inspiring in this sense: the unheard voices do not necessarily need violence to be heard.

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Democracy Dominoes/Bryant Arnold/CartoonADay.com


Author: Susanne Zwingel

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To: Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer

We welcome the steps already taken by the government to support people and businesses affected by the coronavirus.

But today, we are calling on the government to introduce an immediate liveable income guarantee for everyone living in the UK – without conditions on job seeking, migration status, savings, partner income or any other limiting factors.

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