Author Archives: Leo Lepiano

Remembering Earth – Swans and other agents of mercy

“Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death.” “I came here to remember everything that already happened… They don’t remember what they did… They took him out in front Without mercy and without love He was looking for his disciples But they had all fled I came here to remember everything that already happened.” In the Haudenosaunee ...

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Remembering Earth – The Pale Horse of Death

“… behold, a pale horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death, and Hades was following with him.” Please let me let it go Please let me let it go Please let me lose this Old weight that I tow Please let me let it go Please let me recover my way Please let me recover my ...

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Remembering Earth – The Black Horse of Hunger

“… and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.” Night is falling. Despondent, surrounded by a gathering dark, we make no move towards the Black Rider who approaches from the southern door of the medicine wheel. But we hear his horse grow louder, and we hear a voice saying “a ...

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Remembering Earth: The Red Horse of Nationalism

“… a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.” The first movement of our apocalypse was the loss of the illusion of global unity and univocality, and with it, the loss of ...

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Remembering Earth – The White Horse of Globalism

“… and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.” Masked people fleeing infernos in front of orange skies; charred koala bears and dead livestock; masked people reporting deaths from a new virus; locusts consuming whole countries; blockades shutting down ...

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Debt, Credit and Value: Could we Pay for a New Economy?

In my last article on the topic of use-value, exchange value and the carbon tax, we considered the idea of money as a form of social credit. While last week’s paper focused on the creation of value through the production of commodities, money —as a token of credit —is ultimately created outside of the process of commodity production. If money ...

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Use value, exchange value, and the carbon tax

There are a number of climate related stories unfolding now around the world: a heatwave in Europe that, to take one example, broke France’s national heat record 13 times in a single day, with the new record being 45.9 degrees celsius; arctic sea ice having a terrible year; the floods in the Midwest USA continuing to impede both the planting ...

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Climate change is national emergency, so let’s build the TMX!

I could almost hear some of you saying after my last article, “Really? Collaboration, decency, respect and love? After all these articles, that bullshit is all you have to offer?” I spoke about decency and respect, because all societies and civilizations are built on a set of explicit and implicit rules for formal interaction, which often seem inauthentic, but which ...

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Global Emissions – The Prisoner’s Dilemma

My last article ended on a gloomy note, warning that we may already be too late to avoid catastrophic climate change. It is difficult to find a space in which we can see our situation clearly. While we might not respond if we think that we are doomed, we might not respond adequately if we underestimate the severity of what ...

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There is no way back

This is the third and final article in my series of three principles for thinking about climate change (you can find links to the previous two at the bottom of this article). I have deliberately made these articles as simple as possible. There is no shortage of incredible content (including powerful visuals) available on the internet provided by climate scientists ...

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Climate science is not uncertain

In my previous article, I talked about the need to think broadly across space and time in order to comprehend climate change. Before I continue with my second principle for thinking about climate change, it is important to make something clear. As I hope will become apparent throughout my articles, the severity of the challenge we are facing is far ...

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The growing threat of climate change – Wawa is changing

Earlier this year Wawa-News published a letter of mine on the subject of pipelines, the economy and climate change. My letter was intended to make the case that as we try to create vibrant local, regional and national economies we cannot ignore the growing threat of climate change. I referred to declines in Lake Superior ice cover, even knowing that ...

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