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Opening Pandora's Box: The New Wave of Land Grabbing by the Extractive Industries and The Devastating Impact on Earth

The Gaia Foundation, February 2012


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Resource IDgaia2012
Resource titleOpening Pandora's Box: The New Wave of Land Grabbing by the Extractive Industries and The Devastating Impact on Earth
Author(s)Philippe Sibaud
Publication/ sourceThe Gaia Foundation
Date publishedFebruary 2012
Summary text/ abstract'Opening Pandora's Box' is a metaphor for our time. It is a story about how one of two brothers, Epimetheus, is seduced by appearances and his own desires. He did not have the forethought to look into the true nature of what he saw, or to understand the implications of his actions beyond himself. The moral of the story is that once the Earth is opened, she cannot be closed, and what we spoil we spoil forever. Mining the last remaining wildernesses and the critical ecosystems of our Earth is irreversible. The other brother, Prometheus, in the story, warns us that hindsight is too late and hoping for the best is ignorant and impotent. What the story recommends is foresight: from this come the gifts of a true civilisation and right relation towards the Earth, our source of life.
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Climate Change, Food & Agriculture, Land Rights
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