Eco-communities as a social vision

Eco-communities as a social vision
Egalitarian and ecological communities, like the pictured East Wind (www.eastwind.org), are very close to our vision of an ecological society

05 June, 2019

"Is This the Life We Really Want?" By Roger Waters (2017)



The goose has gotten fat On caviar in fancy bars And subprime loans And broken homes Is this the life, the holy grail? It's not enough that we succeed We still need others to fail Fear, fear drives the mills of modern man Fear keeps us all in line Fear of all those foreigners Fear of all their crimes Is this the life we really want? (want, want, want, want) It surely must be so For this is a democracy and what we all say goes And every time a student is run over by a tank And every time a pirate's dog is forced to walk the plank Every time a Russian bride is advertised for sale And every time a journalist is left to rot in jail Every time a young girl's life is casually spent And every time a nincompoop becomes the president Every time somebody dies reaching for their keys And every time that Greenland falls in the fucking sea is because All of us, the blacks and whites Chicanos, Asians, every type of ethnic group Even folks from Guadeloupe, the old, the young Toothless hags, super models, actors, fags, bleeding hearts Football stars, men in bars, washerwomen, tailors, tarts Grandmas, grandpas, uncles, aunts Friends, relations, homeless tramps Clerics, truckers, cleaning ladies Ants, maybe not ants Why not ants? Well because it's true The ants don't have enough IQ to differentiate between The pain that other people feel And well, for instance, cutting leaves Or crawling across windowsills in search of open treacle tins So, like the ants, are we just dumb? Is that why we don't feel or see? Or are we all just numbed out on reality TV? So, every time the curtain falls Every time the curtain falls on some forgotten life It is because we all stood by, silent and indifferent It's normal

For the World Environmental Day

10 May, 2019

"Beka Yalo" by Dark Morph (2019)




Sigur Rós' Jónsi, with Swedish composer Carl Michael von Hausswolff created the duo Dark Morph having ispiration by the environmental crisis. They sailed Pacific ocean and Fiji islands with environmental research missions collecting souds of animals like whales, dolphins, bats, herons etc in order to use them to their upcoming compisitions.

A very interesting example is the new released instumental song Beka Yalo where we can hear some animal sounds and also emergency sirens of cities that sound distrorted as they were under water, besause of climate change impacts.

You can read more HERE

25 March, 2018

"Tears Of Nature" by Insania, album: Sunrise in Riverland (2001)


Inner feelings: Anger in vain. I can't take anymore. No one needs to tell me what I'm fighting for. From thunder to sunshine, From sunset 'til dawn, What the hell is going on? Is this world about to lose control? [Bridge:] At least I know that I've been trying. But still our paradise is dying. And i've seen it so many times, mankind must be blind. Destroying and killing the nature in pain. Was my tears for them in vain? -tell me no!!! Still pollutions pond and dust: Nature bleeds everywhere. Why ain't mankind smart enough to feel my fear? My voice is the thunder, my breath is the wind, my tears are falling as rain. Why ain't mankind smart enough to feel the same? [Bridge:] At least I know that I've been trying. But still our paradise is dying. [Rep. Chorus] "Why do we have to destroy what God and the nature have given. Why do we have to destroy what was meant to be our paradise. I thought mankind was smart enough to understand that we were brought into this world for one reason: To rule the earth and to be the head of a body called " nature". Maybe the storms, the great fires and the earthquakes are just another way to punish us. And I believe - That's just what we deserve!"

15 February, 2018

"Paradise (What about us)" by Within Temptation, album: Hydra (2014)


There's no sense The fire burns When wisdom fails, it changes all The wheel embodies all that keeps on turning Blood red skies, I feel so cold No innocence, we play our role The wheel embodies all, where are we going? All in all you'd expect the wise to be wiser Fallen from grace all and all I guess We should have known better 'cause [Chorus:] What about us, Isn't it enough? No we're not in paradise This is who we are This is what we've got No, it's not our paradise But it's all we want And it's all that we're fighting for Though it's not paradise You and us Or I and them There comes a time To take a stand The wheel is watching all that keeps on burning The venom works It's like a curse A Trojan horse When will we learn The wheel embodies all that keeps returning All in all you'd expect the wise to be wiser Fallen from grace all and all I guess We should have known better 'cause... [Chorus:] What about us, Isn't it enough? No we're not in paradise This is who we are This is what we've got No, it's not our paradise But it's all we want And it's all that we're fighting for What about us, Isn't it enough? No we're not in paradise This is who we are This is what we've got No, it's not our paradise But it's all we want And it's all that we're fighting for But it's not paradise What about us, what about us, what about us, isn't it enough?

The song seems to refer to the unwise human actions that brings destruction of nature and unhappiness and distress to them. The video clip supports such an interpretetion, as we read in wikipedia:

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland in consequence of a nuclear war, two people are seen in heavy protective gear walking through various parts of a ruined civilization, searching for what appears to be parts of a machine. Once the parts are found, they eventually drag the pieces up a sandy slope, where they activate a bigger machine by assembling the smaller parts, sending a big beam of light to the skies causing rain to fall. As the wasteland begins to show some signs of life, the two characters remove their headgear, and are revealed to be two young girls.



Some time later, a rich jungle is seen as Tarja and Sharon, implied to be the girls grown up, sing on the same sandy slope. They leave and the red light on the machine goes out, alluding to something unknown.

16 January, 2018

"Time Is Ticking Out" by Cranberries, album: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee (2001)


We better think about the things we say
We better think about the games we play
The world went round, yeah, around and round
We better think about the consequences
We better think about the global census
If time went down, yeah, if time went down
What about Chernobyl
What about radiation
We don't know, we don't know
What about deprivation, gluttony, the human nation
We don't know, we don't know
For me love is all
Time is ticking out
Looks like we've screwed up the ozone layer
I wonder if the politicians care
The dime went down, yeah, if time went down
What about our children then
Is there nothing left for them
We don't know, we don't know
For me love is all
I need the oxygen, I need the oxygen
For me love is all
To do do do
Time is ticking out yeah time is ticking out

as a tribute for the loss of this great singer, a warning about the consequences of human destructive actions towards environment.


23 December, 2017

"Deforestation" by Culture, album "Heteronome" (1997)



Deforestation leads to extinction...
Another land laid to waste, species die, forest falls.
Endless fires consume all life, nature dies while demons dine.
Sky grows black, blood runs red.
End of life, no more compromise.

Sky grows black, blood runs red.
End of life, no more compromise.

This world is hell, I must escape this living hell.
This world is fucking hell.

Forest Falls.....



25 November, 2017

"Destroy the Machines" by Earth Crisis (1995)



"Inherit the Wasteland"

Destroyed in the hands of the deranged
Mankind's will has been imposed upon the earth as though we
Were alone and if our actions had no consequences
Man crushes all that bars the way on this path to annihilation
Taking for themselves while the other inhabitant's
Lives are given no consideration
Inherit the wasteland! Spilled oil contaminates the sea
Inherit the wasteland! Poisons fill the atmosphere
Inherit the wasteland! Toxins infect the ground. Inherit the
Wasteland! Deforestation scars the earth
The rainforests burn. Countless animals die
We must regain control or there will
Be nothing left to save. The harmony of nature
Twisted into dischordance. Left to die in the aftermath of their destructive
Sightlessness. Time is running, time is running
Time is running ... Time is running out

"New Ethic"


This is the new ethic
Animals' lives are their own and must be given respect
Reject the anthropocentric
Falsehood that maintains the oppressive hierarchy of mankind
Over the animals. It's time to set them free. Their lives
Reduced to biomachines in the factory, farm and laboratory
Dairy, eggs and meat, fur, suede, wool, leather are the end
Products of torture, confinement and murder
I abjure their use out of reverence for all innocent life
Wildlifes' right to
Live in peace in their natural environment
Without this civilization's interference can no longer be denied
Must no longer be denied
To make a civilization worthy of the word civilized the cruelty must end
Starting within or own lives. Reject the
Anthropocentric falsehood that maintains the oppressive hierarchy
Of mankind over the animals. It's time to set them free
Veganism is the essence of compassion and peaceful living
The animals are not ours to abuse or dominate. I abjure their use
Out of reverence ... I abjure their use out of reverence ...

I abjure their use out of reverence for all innocent life


The name of the band, Earth Crisis, indicates how their members see the current state of the planet and in their lyrics they seek to offer solutions to it; these are either "educational" or encourage direct-action. Most of them focus on rejection of recreational drugs, animal products, animal testing, industrial livestock production, illegal drug trade and an impending earth's doom caused by wars or an ecological collapse. On the other hand, they promote straight edge, veganism, self-empowerment and organizations such as Earth First!, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Animal Liberation Front. In the words of the academic Jonathan Pieslak, some of their lyrics "read like passages" taken from "direct-action essays" of these institutions. Other subjects include criticism against white supremacy and, especially on Breed the Killers, oppressive governments. 2000's record Slither incorporated more topical issues, including genetic engineering and second amendment rights. Their seventh and eighth albums, Neutralize the Threat and Salvation of Innocents, are concept albums entirely dedicated to real-life vigilantes and animal rights/anti-vivisection, respectively. The albums All Out War, Gomorrah's Season Ends and Breed the Killers included essays that delve into their lyrics and beliefs.

In a 1998 interview with Roadrunner Records, Karl Buechner described Earth Crisis' philosophy: "I want to boil it down to one notion: personal accountability. Respect for yourself, respect for the lives of innocent beings around us." He added that "Just being drug-free doesn't make you a good person, you need to use that clarity of the mind to become actively involved in the struggle that is being waged for earth, human and animal liberation." Their message disjoined from the "posicore" attitudes in its advocation for violent direct action. However, they believe that it must be used only as a last resort: "destruction and violence are the last thing I want to see but tragically, they are sometimes necessary. We place so far greater value on the lives of the innocent beings than any type of worth that could be put upon someone who's sadistic or greedy and doesn't want to change their profit system", said Buechner.


The band cited authors Peter Singer, John Robbins and Huey P. Newton as inspirations. In their live shows, there is usually literature about PETA, Greenpeace and others distributed. They have been longtime supporters for organizations such as the Animal Defense League, having done several benefit concerts for them.

07 September, 2017

"A Thousand Suns" album by Linkin Park (2010)


The Catalyst

God bless us, everyone
We're a broken people living under loaded gun
And it can't be outfought, it can't be outdone
It can't be outmatched, it can't be outrun, no

God bless us, everyone
We're a broken people living under loaded gun
And it can't be outfought, it can't be outdone
It can't be outmatched, it can't be outrun, no

And when I close my eyes tonight
To symphonies of blinding light
(God bless us, everyone)
(We're a broken people living under loaded gun)

Oh, like memories in cold decay
Transmissions echoing away
Far from the world of you and I
Where oceans bleed into the sky

God save us, everyone
Will we burn inside the fires of a thousand suns?
For the sins of our hand, the sins of our tongue
The sins of our father, the sins of our young, no

God save us, everyone
Will we burn inside the fires of a thousand suns?
For the sins of our hand, the sins of our tongue
The sins of our father, the sins of our young, no

And when I close my eyes tonight
To symphonies of blinding light
(God save us, everyone)
(Will we burn inside the fires of a thousand suns?)

Oh, like memories in cold decay
Transmissions echoing away
Far from the world of you and I
Where oceans bleed into the sky

Oh, like memories in cold decay
Transmissions echoing away
Far from the world of you and I
Where oceans bleed into the sky

Lift me up, let me go
Lift me up, let me go
Lift me up, let me go
Lift me up, let me go

Lift me up, let me go
Lift me up, let me go
Lift me up, let me go
Lift me up, let me go

God bless us, everyone (Lift me up)
We're a broken people living under loaded gun (Let me go)
And, it can't be outfought (Lift me up)
It can't be outdone, it can't be outmatched (Let me go)
It can't be outrun, no

God bless us, everyone
We're a broken people living under loaded gun
And, it can't be outfought
It can't be outdone, it can't be outmatched
It can't be outrun, no

God bless us, everyone (Lift me up)
We're a broken people living under loaded gun (Let me go)
And, it can't be outfought (Lift me up)
It can't be outdone, it can't be outmatched (Let me go)
It can't be outrun



A Thousand Suns is a concept album dealing with human fears such as nuclear warfare. The album references numerous social issues and blends human ideas with technology. The album's title is a reference to a line in the Hindu Sanskrit scripture the Bhagavad Gita "If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one," which was made famous by J. Robert Oppenheimer in reference to the atomic bomb. The title also appears in the album's lead single "The Catalyst", which appears in the line "God save us everyone, will we burn inside the fires of a thousand suns?". The band said Oppenheimer's comments about the nuclear bomb influenced the apocalyptic themes of the album. The band wrote about these comments in the album's liner notes: Oppenheimer's words resonate today not only for their historical significance, but for their emotional gravity. So, too, A Thousand Suns grapples with the personal cycle of pride, destruction, and regret. In life, like in dreams, this sequence is not always linear. And, sometimes, true remorse penetrates the devastating cycle. The hope, of course, springs from the notion that the possibility of change is born in our most harrowing moments.

Humanity has thought that nuclear holocaust threat was eliminated, and was cool for about 30 years. But beside urban terrorism, the nuclear terrorism has an unexpected comeback these days. American politics play dangerous games, by secretly aiding terrorist groups or officially countries who support terrorists (Saudi Arabia) and now threat a small stalinistic remnant with dangerous arms. Two crazy leaders play like silly children.



05 July, 2017

10 years Rock & Ecology


We celebrate the ten years of our blog, by choosing some of our favorite rock songs:


Our first post Bob Dylan-A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall” (5 of July 2007)

and some of our faves:












Enjoy!!

05 June, 2017

"Be the rain" by Neil Young & The Crazy Horse, album: Greendale (2003)


Save the planet for another day
"attention shoppers, buy with a conscience and save"
Save the planet for another day
"save alaska! let the caribou stay"
Don't care what the governments say
"they're all bought and paid for anyway"
Save the planet for another day
"hey big oil, what do you say?"

We were runnin' through the night
Never knowin' if we would see the light
Paranoid schizophrenic visions
Livin' in fear of the wrong decisions

We got to wake up
We got to keep goin'
If they follow us
There's no way of knowin'

We got a job to do
We got to 
Save mother earth

Be the ocean when it meets the sky
"you can make a difference, if you really try"
Be the magic in the northern lights
"six days....six nights"
Be the river as it rolls along
"it has three eyed fish and it's smellin' strong"
Be the rain you remember fallin'
"be the rain, be the rain"

Yeah rain was fallin' and we're soakin' wet
Hail is beatin' down on our heads
The wind is blowin' through our hair 
Faces frozen in the frigid air

We got to get there
Alaska
We got to be there 
Before the big machines

We got a job to do
We got to
Save mother earth 

Dream the hunter on the western plain
"the birds are all gone, where did they go?"
Dream the fisherman in his boat
"he's comin' home empty, he's barely afloat"
Dream the logger in the great northwest
"they're runnin' out of trees, they got to give it a rest"
(there's no other way to cut it)
Dream the farmer in the old heartland
"corporate greed and chemicals are killin' the land"

Next mornin' sun was up at dawn
She looked around and earth was gone
Dark visions he had last night
He needed peace, he needed light

He heard the rumble and
He saw the big machines
The green army rose
It was a bad dream

He had a job to do
He had to 
Save mother earth

Be the ocean when it meets the sky
"greek freighters are dumping crap somewhere right now"
Be the magic in the northern lights
"the ice is melting!"
Be the river as it rolls along
"toxic waste dumpin' from corporate farms"
Be the rain you remember fallin'
"be the rain, be the rain"
Save the planet for another day
"be the rain, be the rain"
Be the river as it rolls along
"be the rain, be the rain"

We think it's the best choice for the day of the environment