At Turn 21, we consistently beat the drum for monthly action every 21st of every month. This is our ongoing call toward living as adults in the 21st Century in a meaningful way that acknowledges the quagmire we are in as a species and a planet.
As part of this drum beat, it becomes necessary to outline the problems we are trying to solve in order to advance the solutions we desire. Constant reminders of the compounding problems can feel draining, depressing, and discouraging. But don’t let the state of the world slow down your taking action. There is a logical way to clear out the negativity about our situation so we can continue working toward solutions.
Is there hope that we can turn this ship around? Can we come together as humanity and implement a new world-vision of regenerating the Earth’s natural systems together? Or will the expansion of the Industrial Revolution, carbon energy dependence, and a competitive growth imperative prove to be the nail in the coffin for natural systems?
The answer is, it doesn’t matter, as far as what we do next.
To qualify the above statement follow this logical progression.
- Regenerative natural systems are critical to the continuity of life.
- Regenerative natural systems are beautiful and inspiring.
- Most humans value the continuity of life and enjoy beauty.
- Therefore, supporting regeneration of natural systems and living within that sustainably is in our best interest as humans.
- Our natural systems may continue to fail to the point of collapse.
- Even such, in all likelihood some humans and other animals, and some plants will survive.
- Even in this dire situation, humans should still work to regenerate natural systems to the extent we are able as it is in our best interest.
- Therefore, humans must work hard to support regenerative systems regardless.
Take heart that our path is clear to support regenerative systems. Stop worrying about the outcome of our world situation to the point of inaction. Don’t give up just because you think collapse is imminent. Find peace in the fact that our best action is to support regenerative natural systems regardless how the world-situation breaks.
This 21st, continue spreading the word that we are all morally, and logically compelled to do what we can to support a healthy transition. Take heart. And if others are stuck, share logic to inspire heartful action.
There is an urgency in this moment in history to do two things, stop basing our economy on perpetual growth, and sink carbon faster than we spew it to bring stability back to the climate.
Every individual, entity, and country must work toward this goal as fast as possible. If we are to base something on perpetual growth right now let it be a consciousness to shift to a new paradigm of peace and prosperity for all, without slurping up every last resource.
Not all will go along. And some will oppose such work.
Leading the destructive force are the federal policies of the USA, much like a bull in the china shop of the world. From pulling out of the Paris climate accord, spending the most on waging ongoing war throughout much of the world, a prison population higher than all others, a brutal war on drugs that has brought violence around the world, to wasteful immigration policies resulting in pitches for obscene amounts of money to build a wall, the list goes on for examples of policies counterproductive to the world we must create.
But it is not just the USA that needs to change. Every country, entity, and individual has work to do, actions one can take to make a better world. Critical to the success, though, is getting countries to lead the charge for a better world. And this starts with first declaring the need for such a world, and then by eliminating waste of dollars and resources, redirecting them toward the urgent work before us all.
In this way, war, the drug war, private prisons, border disputes, permitted oil and natural gas explorations, chemical ag subsidies, government money spent suppressing personal freedoms, are all not only a distraction from the task at hand, but a missed opportunity to utilize our limited resources.
Imagine a redirection of our resources toward sinking carbon, educating everyone, rehabilitating addicts, feeding and housing the poor, bringing those with less more while those with more use less, shifting to a life of leisure as a form of resource conservation, caring for all elderly, healthcare for all, and a simplified transportation network that encourages bicycles and pedestrians before cars.
You see, it is all very connected. Individuals and entities shape government, just as government shapes individuals and entities, as well as other governments. And we only have so much resource to spend.
So keep working on the progressive issues that are dear to your heart. If you are part of the resistance to eliminate wasteful spending on draconian policies, good! If you are part of implementing solutions toward a new, regenerative way, good! Know that you are part of the great fabric of the world. And if you are not yet weaving your part, pick a place and get to it.
Start by taking action every 21st of every month raising awareness to the situation at hand.
Simultaneously, the Northern Hemisphere experiences the longest night of the year on their Winter Solstice while the Southern Hemisphere experiences the longest day of the year on their Summer Solstice. And six months later, around June 21st every year, each experiences the opposite Solstice.
Both the dark and the light are healthy parts of the whole. The light is a time of growth and expansion. And the dark as a time of retaining only what is essential and needed.
As far as technology is concerned, we were all metaphorically in our Winter Solstice before the Industrial Revolution, living only with what is needed. Taking the metaphor farther, modern humans from industrialized nations are experiencing the Summer Solstice. But is there an end to growth in sight? Can we turn this dogmatic growth-imperative around?
Mathematically, we cannot all live as those from Industrialized nations do, at least not at the level of waste currently expressed. Not with 7.6 billion of us each using more than our share of resources.
So metaphorically speaking, which way should we all break? Towards the dark or towards the light?
The solution is a little bit of both. We need a new way where those with more than enough learn to live with less while those with less are provided enough to have more of the modern conveniences. With the modern development of communication, refrigeration, transportation, and medicine, clearly most humans desire benefit from these advancements.
If a peaceful and environmentally-sound solution exists it will require that we all live as if we were on the Equator, balanced~
Timoci Naulusala, 12-year-old class seven student from Tailevu province in Fiji, won the Fiji National Climate Change Speech Competition. He performed his speech for world leaders at the High-Level Opening of COP23. Video via UNFCCC.
What does it mean to take action every 21st?
You likely already work to align things like where you spend your money with companies that support the environment, their staff, and give back to community groups that support progressive issues. You also likely donate your time and money as you are able to different progressive causes. And considering that we are in the sixth major extinction hyper-accelerated by Climate Change, you are probably outraged over the absolute lack of both vision and leadership from the Executive Branch of the United States and share your disgust freely with those who listen.
Considering you are likely an activist, what possibly can you do on the 21st that you are not already doing?
The answer is simple. Find people who are also activists, keeping an eye towards those who are just starting to pay attention to this major transition we are all going through, and when you make a personal connection urge them to also spend every 21st raising awareness about our current state of affairs!
Let the idea spread like fire, like ripples of water impacting the next ring, like a breath of fresh air and grounded in reason, passion, spirit, and also sensitivity to the fact that for each person, their transition to awareness is a personal choice to wake up and stay awake. You cannot force another to believe something against their will, but you can spend one day a month spreading the message that the time for action is now. If others agree they might take take heart and take action!
Do you remember your transition? Do you remember your awakening? At first, it seems as if no one else is thinking about the crisis we are in. Or maybe you are just now starting to see the world in this way? Regardless, know that there is a growing consciousness that acknowledges both the quagmire we find ourselves in and as well recognizes that there are solutions we can and must employ post haste.
So this 21st, let your voice ring out. Sing to those in the choir and just beginning to find their voice. Invite them to join in the chorus.
Whether man-made or natural, crisis does strike. It is prudent to prepare your disaster response plan . But how we do so should be fun, as well serve as a regenerative and sustainable model. This is the ultimate preparation for those who inherit what we create.
Are you able to leave in a moments notice? Are you prepared to hunker down without modern conveniences? Most disasters ultimately become resource shortages of shelter, energy, food, water, medicine, and personal care products.
Hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and off the coast of Ireland are firm reminders to be prepared. Major fires in Portugal, Spain, and California ring the same. A looming energy crisis even more so.
Start this 21st by talking to your inner circle about your plan! Generate some surplus, share the resource wealth and knowledge, and throw a Progressive-Prepper-Party (PPP) to spread the word.
In this spirit, let’s examine 21 Ways to be a Happy-Regenerative-Prepper
- Plant a fruit tree every year so you can have backup for when the store shelves go dry.
- Grow fruits and veggies, your own source of minerals and vitamins.
- Grow garlic if your climate allows it. While delicious, garlic is also an antiseptic.
- Turn part of your food garden into a seed garden. Acclimate and share your favorite strains.
- Compost, create worm castings and natural plant-food teas to maximize mineral content and health of your soil, critical for keeping all of our immune systems flourishing.
- Raise chickens, rabbits, goats and more to fertilize gardens, maintain natural fire-suppression efforts, and have farm friends.
- Raise bees for pollination, honey and honeycomb. Honey is also an antiseptic, and the honeycomb makes great candles.
- Grow and utilize your own medicines making sure nature’s choices are a few steps away.
- Buy large bags of organic bulk foods and shop from yourself pulling from your multi-month supply of dried goods, reducing package waste.
- Install rainwater catchment systems ensuring you have water and enough to share.
- Store potable water in reusable containers letting go of single use plastic, its own crisis.
- Invest in a pedal-powered bicycle adapter for your blender, radio, and other minor electronic needs. Bye bye gym membership.
- Take regular walks in your neighborhood to understand where other resources are, to map emergency routes in case of evacuation needs, and to know your neighbors.
- Procure and use your hand-crank radio to stay connected to the world and disconnected from the grid at the same time.
- Take periodic multi-day staycation trainings where you power down non-essential appliances and lights and ‘rough’ it…think extended book reading in a hammock.
- Invest in micro solar and wind powered devices for radios, charging that HAM radio, and LED lights.
- Install a solar shower allowing the luxury of hot showers even if utilities are off.
- Write to the local paper about how living the solution = minimized problems when crises occur. Start a club. Promote your efforts on social media.
- $upport local public radio, a staple in most any local emergency.
- Have a go-bag ready for instant evacuations with enough essentials that your immediate needs are taken care of.
- Host a neighborhood meeting/party to map out local skills, assets/liabilities, fruit trees, medicine, and tool resources.
Can you think of other actions to take for sustainable resiliency and preparedness? Share it on your Facebook page and tag us! @turn21.org
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Constant change will result in all things melting back into the creative elements from which they were born. Life is precious. Regardless if you have faith that there is more after death, or you think this one life is it, our beautiful existence is a creative opportunity to express our passions. So do your best.
It is hard to do your best these days if you are paying attention. Things often feel like they are turning for the worse. Our growth based economy is destined for failure. The climate crisis, Fukushima, the Sixth Major Extinction, incessant war-spending, exponential human-population growth, transnational corporate control of global resources, commodification of water, the widening gap of rich and poor…..the….the…the…
WTF are we to do?
Breathe through it folks. Remember that we are all on the same team. We are team clean air and water (even if we don’t all know it yet).
Live by example. Take heart in the amazing work being done to sink carbon, return to local agriculture, preserve habitat, create zero-waste industries, and to shift to green-energy. Start local businesses that create sustainable work for people supplying tangible, needed resources. Offer surplus resource to those in need. Give back to the greater good through your life’s work. Support regenerative efforts to sink carbon, build topsoil, infiltrate water, and expand forests.
As we create our way through the quagmire of modern problems take solace in this: The more you spend time in nature, spend less money, take more time-off, breathe deeply, enjoy just being, growing as an individual, and reject needless resource accumulation, know that you are demonstrating the solutionary presence that is a critical part of establishing the new norm for humanity.
We must not grow to acquire things, but instead grow to acquire knowledge, demonstrate wisdom, experience serenity, refine talents and embody reverence.
Breathe air. Drink water. Eat wholesome local food. Enjoy each other’s company. But let the rat race for superfluous stuff shrivel on the vine. Walk on the beach, in the forest, and along the riverside. Take time off. Enjoy your stint of being on this beautiful planet doing your part to demonstrate the blending of a modern covenant with nature in this most interesting and transitional times.
And for goodness sake, take action this 21st towards bringing this consciousness to as many others as you can! Turn21 ~
Technology and Morality in the Age of Climate Change, Overpopulation, and Biodiversity Loss
Technology has grown with us, side by side, since the dawn of human society. Each time that we’ve turned to technology to solve a problem or make us more comfortable, we’ve been granted a solution. But it turns out that all of the gifts technology has bestowed on us have come with costs. And now we are facing some of our biggest challenges: climate change, overpopulation, and biodiversity loss. Naturally, we’ve turned to our longtime friend and ally—technology—to get us out of this mess. But are we asking too much this time?
Visit http://noapp4that.org to learn more.
With chainsaws and their bulldozers strike-
To take away this ancient life.
Thousands of years these trees doth stand-
They’ve seen the ancient native lands.
Seedlings they were, upon the birth-
Of the one called Jesus on this Earth.
Remove these ancients, and find with pain-
That much good will dissolve, even the rain.
Many plants will die. Many animals will die. Many streams will die.
Saving Headwaters Forest
Saving Headwaters Forest was a long-fought and partially-successful struggle to protect 2000 year old redwood trees in Northern California. This environmentalist versus corporate-logging battleground at the end of the last century resulted in permanently preserving 3,088 acres in some of the last remaining ancient forests in the area.
On site action dedicated to environmental protection has shown what a small group can accomplish when working together. Groups such as Earth First, and individuals such as Judi Bari, Darryl Cherney, and the famed tree-sitter Julia Butterfly Hill, are examples of taking a strong stand against ecological destruction at the local level. Redwood forests are dynamic and much work is still needed to protect the ancients, but thanks to the efforts of the early environmental pioneers awareness for the redwoods has grown. Read more at the Save the Redwoods League.
Remember to pause during crisis, especially if you’re feeling flooded with emotion or exhausted, and reflect on your successes. Reflect on what you are grateful for, maybe vision yourself sitting at the base of a great tree. Then take a deep breath and get back to work. There is much to do and little time to do it in. Do your part in your corner of the world for the sake of nature, for which humans are an intrinsic part.
Take a moment to fill yourself with gratitude for what we have accomplished, providing you further strength and resolve for the journey ahead.
The Industrial Revolution of the 1800s kicked off America’s race to automation and gave us the gift of gadgetry. Yet, despite exponential advancements in technology, we continue to lose the lifeblood of this system – affordable housing, efficient transportation, available land, and other means of production.
“But can’t we just make more stuff, find more land, and regrow the economy the old-fashioned way, until everyone has what they need?”
Nope, not this time.
There’s no growing our way out of this quagmire. We need a new way entirely, one that acknowledges – and eliminates – the logical flaw of expecting infinite growth in finite conditions with finite resources.
We realize this is no simple task, but every complex project starts with small, attainable steps in the right direction.
Those with the family-planning resources – and luxury – to do so can start by having fewer biological children. According to a new study by Lund University of Sweden, “having children is the most destructive thing a person can to do to the environment.” By having fewer kids, we can stretch the value of our legacy – our family wealth and resources – so that the next generation has a fighting chance.
Slowing population growth also helps redress the issue of inequality. In even middle-class families, it’s too common to find parents struggling to get by paycheck to paycheck. Every generation basically starts from scratch each time, with minimal access to higher education and no financial resources to ease the transition into adulthood. Inheritances are modest, rarely stretching past the adult children to the grandchildren, and saving for retirement is always too little, too late.
Currently, only the wealthiest families can get ahead. They can afford the best housing, food, healthcare, and transportation. Their children can enter adulthood unencumbered with higher-education debt and free to explore family-funded entrepreneurship. It takes money to make money, and these powerful dynasties continue to gain the upper hand.
The deck may be stacked against the average family, but we can play our cards smarter. We can make better, more realistic decisions. Until money grows on trees, our best bet is to reduce our expenses by having fewer children and investing more in the ones we have.
This 21st, start a dialogue with your family about the benefits of pooling our resources. The isolated nuclear family of the ‘50s has proven to be a total bust, and it’s time to bring our “extended” family back into the fold.
By limiting population growth and uniting our families, we have more time, money, and energy to dedicate to our entire clan, immediate and extended alike. We can create culturally rich networks of family members who can support, raise, and teach each other.
- Are you a parent? You can discuss how the pooling of limited resources – when combined with reduced demand for those resources – provides much more leverage against the current dynastic system and offer greater returns.
- Are you an aunt or uncle without kids? You can talk about the importance of the special parenting role you play, and about the ways you can financially and emotionally contribute to the next generation’s success.
- Are you a grandparent? You’ve survived so much and gained so much wisdom, and you’re in a great position to give your time and teach good life skills.
We realize that there are tax considerations for having children, and not all families get along. However, the fact that something may be challenging doesn’t mean that it can’t be the most worthwhile decision of your life.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime gift. You have an opportunity to teach money-management skills to your family’s youngest – and most vulnerable – generation. You have a chance to strengthen or rebuild your entire family network, opening new lines of communication, trust, and familiarity. You have an excuse to finally turn those relative strangers into your closest-knit kin. And you have a reason to support the development of better policy that rewards sustainable family-planning decisions.
If saving our planet doesn’t light a fire under you, let your bottom line motivate you. Put a unified plan into motion today. Take that first step toward creating and securing your family’s dynasty and empowering those kids – while enjoying the perks of having more by doing less.