A few weeks ago, I proposed a Global Reboot on this blog. My blog post led to an international conversation about what we can do, both as individuals and collectively, to bring our communities and our global society more in harmony with nature and to make sure that future generations have a real chance to thrive.
I want to share what I took away from this important dialogue:
1. It's a time to build a coalition among the many groups and organizations that are working towards similar ends. In the past month, I have been in contact with a number of them, including the Biomimicry Institute, Ecocity Builders, and the Post Carbon Institute.
2. The process of aligning our society with nature involves at least these three steps:
a. Learning how to do this in ways that promote peace, sustainability, and balance.
b. Applying the lessons we learn on a local level while inviting others throughout the world to do the same in their communities.
c. Sharing what we discover with future generations so that they may not only continue on this path but actually expand upon our knowledge and vision.
To apply these ideas, I propose the development of a 1000-Year Plan that any community can adopt in order to align itself with nature in positive, lasting ways. This plan will have two parts: Principles and Practices. Groups from around the world will be invited to take part. They can do so by: 1) submitting in writing what they wish to be included in this plan; 2) helping to decide what Principles and Practices get adopted; or 3) doing both. We also welcome individuals to serve as Gleaners. Their role is to seek out, study, and communicate to us the most effective strategies that already exist. And anyone is welcome to connect us with groups that they feel have something important to contribute to this 1000-Year Plan.
Our plan will only be meaningful if it is a living entity capable of growing and evolving over time. What we have to offer is simply a set of guidelines based on our shared wisdom and life experience. The 1000-Year Plan will serve not only as a template but also as a starting point to an important continuing process. It should not be thought of as a finished product because we cannot anticipate all of the ways that the world will change or the challenges that future generations may face. We want to draw upon a very broad coalition to envision this 1000-Year Plan. Some groups and communities are far ahead of the rest of us in aligning themselves with nature. If you know of or are part of such a group, we want to hear from you!
Please fill out the Contact Form or email us. The reason to act now, according to author and educator Richard Heinberg, is that these unprecedented times represent "a perfect opportunity for an idealist intent on changing the world."
Lets face it: As deadly, destructive and scary as this pandemic has been, it has also been a blessing in many ways. COVID-19 has brought corrupt governments and an unfair, unsustainable economy to a halt. It has reduced gun violence, gotten people out of their cars, and given the natural environment a much-needed break. Cities like Los Angeles and New Delhi are reporting cleaner air than they have in decades.
Those of us who have been seeking positive change in this world have wondered how we were ever going to stop the insanity. Then this infectious disease appeared and it managed to shut down the whole world in a matter of weeks. Yes, it may seem frightening and lonely to think about what's going to happen next. Far too many people are barely making it, with no safety net, and that must change.
But we can also see this virus as an opportunity for us to claim our power to create a global society where EVERYONE can thrive. The world needed a major reboot, and the first step of that reboot has already happened. Everything has been shut down temporarily.
Now, we have to do our part. Let's come together to decide what kind of world we want to create. If you are committed to a more peaceful, sustainable and balanced global society, we want to hear from you. We invite ALL INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS that are working to make the world a better place to join in this Global Reboot. Let's generate a shared vision for the future of humanity, including the specific outcomes we want to attain: End global hunger? Bring climate change to a halt? World peace? Clean air and water? Human rights? Let's envision the world we want right now, together, at this key moment in time.
We have to move fast. The idea is to keep the machinery unplugged until the changes we seek are put in place. This is going to take sacrifice, courage, and tremendous solidarity. In essence, we are organizing a movement of nonviolent noncooperation. We have no idea how long this pandemic will last. Those in power are getting restless, and they want to reopen the economy regardless of the human cost. They know that their power structure is in jeopardy. The longer things are shut down, the less dependent we are on them. Millions of individuals, families, and communities are becoming more self-sufficient during this outbreak. We have to be. And we must look out for each other, too. The key to the success of this Global Reboot is a spirit of interdependence—a commitment to sharing and caring for one another. We must do what we can to make sure that the people in our lives don't go hungry or homeless during this critical time.
Now comes the most important step in this Global Reboot. Once we are unified in our determination not to go back to the way things were before, and we have the attention of the power elite, we must have specific initiatives to put in place. This is not simply about making demands. We must offer selfless leadership, as well as wisdom and guidance, showing the world how it can thrive. Here are a few suggestions of what we can put in place right now: sustainable local economies; basic human rights to food, shelter, healthcare, education, and free speech; protection of habitats and biodiversity; communities free of garbage, landfills, and toxic waste dumps; and a plan to guarantee that future generations will have the opportunity not just to survive but to thrive.
If your heart has longed for a better world, not just for yourself but for your children and grandchildren, now is the time to act. Contact me. Just say, “I'M IN!" or if you represent a group or organization, “WE'RE IN!” we will then send some guidelines for secure channels of communication. Let's do this!