30 December 2018

We are the "Architects of the Future"

Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was an architect, writer, systems theorist, designer, inventor and futurist. He once said, “We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.”

People, at least in my circles, seem to be finally talking about the climate crisis. But there still aren't many who are actually taking some action — action that will create the future. 

So, in the interests of the new year, and new year's resolutions, here is a short list of actions that you can take to do your part in 2019 to help safeguard the future.

1. Create Political Will
  • write a letter 
  • sign a petition
  • send an email or a fax
  • make a phone call
  • visit your elected officials, at all levels, and ask them what they're doing about climate change
  • vote in the candidates who understand climate change and who include viable climate change solutions in their campaign
  • talk to others about how they can create political will
2.  Make the Following Demands of Your Elected Officials
  • declare the climate change emergency (if London, England can do it, then your municipality can, too)
  • end fossil fuel subsidies
3. Meet with Like-Minded and Like-Hearted Members of Your Community
  • it's important (for our mental health) that we learn to mourn and lament all the sadness and "climate grief" surrounding this greatest crime ever against humanity
  • cry, laugh, and come up with solutions for local resilience together over tea
  • support a local coffee shop or library as a meeting place
4.  Set an Example for Others
  • choose a plant-based (lower greenhouse gas-emitting) diet; go vegan (and share vegan foods with your friends and family)
  • grow some of your own food using no-till, no synthetic chemical methods
  • be an early adopter of new (lower/zero carbon) technologies, if possible (and if not, learn about them so you can promote them in your community)
  • be seen with your low/zero-carbon technologies (renewable energy, transportation ... like walking!)
5. Seek Out Courageous and Compassionate Ways to Make the Conversion to Zero Carbon
  • there are so many possible (viable) solutions to the climate crisis — and we need them all ("clean coal" is not viable)
  • spend some time to do some research; become passionate about some of the solutions
  • do this for all the children, of all species
  • ignore the deniers — or, if you've done enough research, stand up to them (but, be forewarned, it's time-consuming)
After all, as Peter Drucker says, "The best way to predict the future is to create it." And it's our future to create.

 Plant something in 2019!

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