IEP Ambassador Julia Pedersen has written an article about ‘Post-Pandemic Development: Lessons from Indigenous Philosophies’ which has been published on the Sydney Environment Institute’s website.

The article explores a social philosophy emerging from the Quechua peoples of the Andes, the Buen Vivir movement imagines and practices an alternative, community-oriented future, unshackled from the myths of capitalism that are driving the planet to disaster.

For many of us, the idea that the development of humanity and nature are connected is not a new one. However, the manifestation of such an idea into reality has proven difficult. Thus, as humanity expands, we are instead encroaching upon vulnerable ecosystems part of a larger system of life of which we are part. Our endless desire for development is founded upon resources we know not to be boundless, but that we perceive as expendable towards the teleological good of our own progression. One alternative philosophy is inspiring a political movement emerging from within the depths of the Amazonian forest, termed by its Indigenous advocates as the Buen Vivir Movement. The philosophy by which this movement draws its name – Buen Vivir, literally, well-being – emphasises the intrinsic connection between humans and nature in an extended community envisioned as the goddess Pachamama.

To read more, click here for the full article.

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