As we all too well know, we are on the precipice of a historical global disaster. We, as the majority of the population, are just beginning to realize the intensity of dire consequences. Food security is on our minds, because we know that when the fires get bigger, and the droughts, the floods, the storms intensify, and the harvests decline, we the people are the ones who will suffer.
This is not an article of blame and accusations, this is not about left or right, black or white, we are all on the same leaky boat. Nature does not discriminate between rich and poor, but people in places of power and wealth can afford security, they have the privilege or traveling to and living in desirable areas, while most of us live with gangs at the edge of our cities; we will live among thousands of hungry, angry and already desperate people, and we will suffer the consequences of the hardship that is coming our way. There is no question it is coming our way. The numbers, and I understand our societies are built on a system of numbers, the numbers have told our future.
Climate disaster is in the cards.
We need real change, we need change you can count on; we need revolutionary change to our political, economic and social systems. Can the people in power give us real change and not just the rhetorical?
Perhaps we need a new leadership comprised of three parties, not four. Three strong heads who lead us in a Social Environmental Liberty. A trinity of reason, supported by stability and sensibility.
Is that too much to ask for? Is social and environmental reform an idealistic fantasy? Does ego restrict a union? Are we fettered by tradition? Is it just a case of “that’s not how the system works”, because there are many aspects of the system that don’t work.
We need leadership; we need corporate accountability, we need to raise minimum wage and build affordable housing. We need to switch our economy to sustainable practices, people need to pay more for food and we need to support localized sustainable farms, and as many of them as possible. Cities need to invest in renewable power sources. We need to value clean air, clean water, clean food and we need to devalue the current monetary system that is based on the ideal that the biggest bottom line is the best way forward.
These changes are not about a new economic system. No one can eat money.
These changes are about preparing each city to be self-sufficient and to survive climate crises in a law abiding, peaceful way.
We are on a precipice of a global food shortage, but we can take steps to put local safety nets in place. It’s simply a case of changing how we think.
Throughout the history of our civilizations, cities have been abandoned when the surrounding land is no longer arable due to farming practices based on solely on taking, with no provisions in place for sustaining.
The Middle East can no longer feed its population, relying on the global food trade for grain. 100s of villages have been abandoned due to increasing desertification. Many homeless, hopeless and hungry young men join terrorist groups in desperation. In China 3600 sq. km. are turning to desert every year. It is now estimated that the oceans will be empty by 2040. Today, the news reported roughly 8,000 common mures found dead on the beaches of Prince William Sound, Alaska.
Meanwhile in the West we are dying from excess: excessive addictions, excess of goods, which in turn provides us with an excess of garbage. And the more we buy, eat, drink, smoke or snort, we realize we are not content, because in the back of our minds and deep in our hearts resides the knowledge of this mess we’ve made, the enslaved people who mine the gold we wear, the children starving from wars we wage, the species dying from the absolutely worthless garbage we buy.
The bad news keeps rolling in, the statistics are much worse than predicted and the best way forward is to change. Change our perception of success, change our perception of value, change our perception of wealth.
Shifting perception is easy, how about starting with this?
Green is the new black, less is the new more, and small is the new big.