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The Leap Manifesto: A Call for Caring for the Earth and One Another


The Leap Manifesto: A Call for Caring for the Earth and One Another

Naomi Klein, David Suzuki

This text is an abridged version of a declaration launched in Toronto on Tuesday and first published in the Globe and Mail. The writing of The Leap Manifesto was initiated in the spring of 2015 at a two-day meeting in Toronto attended by representatives from Canada’s Indigenous rights, social and food justice, environmental, faith-based and labour movements. To read the statement in full and to become a signatory visit leapmanifesto.org.


The usurious economics system is based upon maximizing activity (including unneeded activity) because it benefits those who collect the interest. Until it is rewritten, I have little hope for humanity and nature. Let's hope that this idiotic push to develop more carbon to burn is the last gasp of the current economic paradigm.


An appropriate song about the theft of a song:


Wow, that was invigorating reading.

So many good voices calling for a transformation with heart.

Hold the vision I say and act where you can.


Unless all the people make the big decisions by referendums, the oligarchy, the dictators and tyrants will make the decisions for them through their politicians.


This initiative suggests many of the policies of the Federal Green Party.

The Globe and Mail is hosting a leadership Debate and has not invited the Green Party to participate. Ms May will use twitter to follow the debate and provide ongoing commentary.


It's the first time I've heard "emergency democracy" used. I like it.


Did you read the article? It offers cause FOR hope, not the funeral dirge "End Times" version of: "It's too late!"


I guess you didn't notice Spain's new political thrust, that of Greece, U.K., and the following Sanders is attracting. Most of the world wants OTHER than the "reality" insisted upon by Energy moguls, gangster-bankers, Big Pharma., Big Agri., Big Coal, and Big military. Alternatives are emerging and when they do, huge numbers are ready to follow (and create) new programs, life-affirming rather than life-negating ones.


I can't speak for the people of Canada, but here in the US, we can't even figure out how to respond to a very basic issue: We know that not everyone can work (health, etc.) and that there aren't jobs for all. The US shipped out a huge number of jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare in the 1990s. The last I heard, there are 7 jobs for every 10 people who are struggling to find one. What should we do about those who are left out, with no means of providing for themselves?


There are treasured narratives, teaching stories, scorned by the failing system.
Hurry, hurry, hurry, don't stop, don't look back, don't sit at the knee of elders to hear not only what they can convey about a lifetime of experience but how to listen to the unfamiliar and timeless.

"Call me trim tab"
Buckminster Fuller

One of the most fascinating human beings coming out of the western world, Fuller found out early on that love was the key to synergy - and therein lies the genius of envisioning oneself as a 'trim tab' on 747. Fully explained - with the most elementary principles of aerodynamics and the poetic storytelling unique to Bucky.

I invite you to grab some popcorn and plan to tuck away a few sessions to laugh and learn at the knee of a loving genius. I'm not kidding - this is 7 hours. The other guy with him is Werner Erhard - who doesn't say much.


You bring up the one subject on which I do not have a lot to say, because there is no easy answer. What people are going to do in the future to keep themselves occupied and earn a living wage is a huge problem. Should we reduce the size of government? Probably, but there goes a bunch of jobs (and pensions). Should we reduce the size of the military? Absolutely, but what do the soldiers and contractors do then? So often creating new jobs means losing old ones. If all the outsourced jobs are brought back to the US what happens to the people of China, India, Bangladesh etc who have been lifted out of poverty through working in a factory to produce goods for the American market?

The only solution I can see is that we have to go back to being a lot more self-sufficient - grow at least some of our food, stop buying 15 cheap outfits a year, and find a seamstress or tailor who will make two or three really good ones that last, fit and actually suit us, rather some idea of fashion. we need to revive the idea of bartering. And of course we need to reduce consumption, so that there is not the same desperate need for a pay check. And, yes, we need to be nice to each other, kind to animals and gentle towards the earth.


I have great appreciation for David Suzuki, Leonard Cohen, Naomi Klein, Donald Sutherland. Ellen Page is new to me. However the Leap Manifesto: A Call for Caring for the Earth & One Another, except for the title, doesn't follow humanity's worldwide 'indigenous' (Latin 'self-generating') practices. They are advocating centralized implementation of a benign energy-& transport-policy (as though we have control of centralized governments) without addressing the core of human-energy, which makes it possible or not. Mohandas Gandhi best expressed 'self-generation' as 'become-the-change-you-want-to-see-in-the-world' thus placing everyone in the role of collaborating for the change. All our Indigenous ancestors, as their Polyculture-Orchards exemplified, 'organized-from-the-tree-roots'.

Indigenous peoples worldwide animated human resources particularly through local concerted action described in 'Great-Good-Way-of-Kindness' aka 'Great-Law-of-Peace' aka 'Constitution'. The two main components are:
1) Multihome (Longhouse/apartment, Pueblo/townhouse & Kanata/village) Dwelling complex living in proximity & privacy with female-male, intergenerational collaboration. 70% of the world's population live in multihome dwelling complexes today with the same average of 32 households or 100 persons which our indigenous ancestors designed around as critical-mass economies-of-scale, collectively. However considering our disempowered passive colonial heritage of invasion & genocide, we are still alienated from each-other. We don't know how to formally collaborate with each other even though we live on each other's doorsteps. Multihomes are the missing 'fractal' ('part-contains-the-whole') through which we can implement energy, transport, food, shelter, clothing, warmth & health policy together without having to wrestle power from hidden moneyed-oligarchs.
2) Time-based accounting for recognizing all contributions to Domestic, Industrial & Commercial 'economy' (Greek 'oikos' = 'home' + 'namein' = 'care-&-nurture') with universal welcome & economic inclusion through string-shell accounting (North America manufactured Wampum beads on strings, S. America strings with knots & shells called Quipu & on every other continent & island of the world Cowry shells). Indigenous string-shell accounting in Production-Society/Guilds integrates capital, currency, social-security, mentored-apprentice education, communication & other factors into one calculation & expression. When we include, recognize & empower each other in collective provision of livelihood, we no longer feed the monster-oligarchs.
Let's start with ourselves manifesting-for (not-demonstrating-against) the world which we want to see. 'Do-we-know-who-we-are-?' is borrowed from African indigenous tradition in an open-source, open-data online web-software for 1) Sharing our talents, goods & services locally in multihome buildings & neighbourhoods, 2) Resource-mapping & 3) accounting for contributions in a Community-Investment-&-Exchange-System CIES. When folks get to know each other then they can group as well as build economy together. Search for this on indigenecommunity/structure/9-do-we-know-who-we-are


There are good human beings on this Earth with brilliant minds and golden hearts.

This reality is in stark contrast to the human species indictment too often expressed on left leaning forums.


Interesting post. Thanks!


Thanks for your post. Our First nations people here in Canada are our nations porrest group of people. They could get tremendously wealthy if they "sold out" to those pipeline companies and other Corporations lusting after their lands and resources. Some few of them will no dount choose that route and try to get the rest to go along.

Most will simply refuse. They have an integrity and a commitment to protecting their lands that can act as an example to us all. Some things are more important than money and jobs.


Psychedelic, I have worked for both capitalist right & socialist left. During 50 years of involvement in 1st Nation sovereignty solidarity issues, I've learnt about how: 1) both corporations & cooperatives disempower & discourage their members by not accounting for diverse contributions, 2) which results in huge hidden bureaucracies in both. 3) It was from a 1st Nation multi-stakeholder participation organized Pulp-&-Paper business relaunch of an old sulphite pulp mill in Quebec & their expansion from this one to 55 mills across Canada & the USA, how successful the 1st Nation integrated business model is 4) my own 1st Nation & worldwide 'indigenous' roots 5) Participatory economic structures of multistakeholder (Founder, Worker, Supplier & Consumer) investment & management structures traditional to Production-Society/Guild organization, 6) How it takes both left & right wings to fly, 7) I helped replicate the Participatory model in a pulp mill in British Columbia, which spread throughout a network. 8) Participatory businesses are the most: innovative in pollution-control, product-design, lean operations & profitable industries in the world.


Thanks Siouxrose. I tire of the give up mentality that I hear and read even here on CD where the alternative community should be speaking and acting in tandem supporting a holistic and sustainable vision for the future.

Yes it's rough out there but that's not the time to throw in the towel. Momentum is building, as you mentioned all over the globe. We can be a part of that. I personally look for the light wherever it is shining, and go with that, maintaining a picture of the magnificence we are custodians of in my heart, blood and marrow. That holds me up. (That and an occasional glass of some good red wine.)


SuspiraDeProfundis, I live in Kanien'keh (Land of the flint), Haudenosaunee (People of the extended rafters/welcome') Confederacy, Kanata (Village people) same as you. Although 1st Nations are presently 'poor' in this system of things, they have key answers to all of us stemming from our arrival as ecological-economic refugees from war-torn Europe & the rest-of-the-world. 1st Nations & really all of us inside, carry essential pieces of 'indigenous' practices which balance what Europeans lost from Greek & Roman brutal extractive colonial invasions. All European economic practices such as 'money' (Greek 'mnemosis' = 'memory'), 'capital' (Latin 'cap' = 'head' = 'wisdom of contribution'), 'corporation' (L. 'corp' = 'body'), 'company' (L. 'com' = 'together' + 'pan' = 'bread') are simply fragments 'out-of-balance' for a once integrated indigenous economic system, which was used among indigenous Celtic peoples as well as all our ancestors worldwide. We are living in a profound amnesia as to our human roots. Acknowledging our genocide & damage to the Polyculture Orchard abundance which 1st Nations cultivated over 10s of 1000s of years can bring us all back to a thriving earth.


"Should we reduce the size of the military?" This is not the question to ask. The question that each of us must ask ourselves is, do we continue to support a government that takes our taxes and borrows from our childrens' future to kill and maim others in far off, sovereign countries so that there are jobs? This is insanity of the first order. It is the last dying throes of the Titanic going down with the captain and crew grabbing all the life boats. May they drift forever cold and starving in a vast, lonely sea. May those of us with knowledge and conscience wake up. We need not be shrews; it is our choice. I am Malala.