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.
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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.
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~