Earth day: 10 commandments to save the Earth

It is good to know there is one president of a state in this world who is up to speed when it comes to measures urgently needed to prevent the further crises affecting the world’s ecosystems, communities, food and other forms of security and the well-being of the planet in general. Speaking at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples yesterday, Bolivian president Evo Morales proposed 10 commandments to save the planet, life and humanity:

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“Selfish capitalism is bad for your health”

Ok, if all the news and stories of increased poverty and social suffering, exploitation of workers, dispossession of peoples from their lands, laid-off people, collapsing ecosystems haven’t convinced you yet, here’s finally a reason to rethink your values: “Growth in materialism is taking a toll on mental wellbeing.” A recent book The Selfish Capitalist – Origins of Affluenza by Oliver James argues, based on WHO studies, that selfish capitalism has resulted in a startling increase of mental illness in both children and adults since the 1970s. And those suffering most are, for some reason, the Anglos, or the English-speaking capitalist nations.

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