“Facing oncoming climate disaster, some argue for ‘Deep Adaptation.’ What we really need is ‘Deep Transformation.’
“…the very precariousness of our current system, teetering on the extremes of brutal inequality and ecological devastation, increases the potential for deep structural change. Research in complex systems reveals that, when a system is stable and secure, it’s very resistant to change. But when the linkages within the system begin to unravel, it’s far more likely to undergo the kind of deep restructuring our world requires.
“In truth, collapse is already happening in different parts of the world. It’s not a binary on-off switch. It’s a cruel reality bearing down on the most vulnerable among us. The desperation they’re experiencing right now makes it even more imperative to engage rather than declare game over… As long as there are people at risk, and as long as there are species struggling to survive, it’s not too late to avert further disaster.
“This is something many of our youngest generation seem to know intuitively, putting their elders to shame. As fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg declared in her statement to the UN in Poland last November, “you are never too small to make a difference… Imagine what we can all do together, if we really wanted to.” Thunberg envisioned herself in 2078, with her own grandchildren. “They will ask,” she said, “why you didn’t do anything while there still was time to act.”
“That’s the moral encounter with destiny we each face today. Yes, there is still time to act.
“I’m not ready to bet against humanity’s ability to transform itself or nature’s powers of regeneration. XR is planning a global week of direct action beginning on Monday, April 15, as a first step toward a coordinated worldwide grassroots rebellion against the system that’s destroying hope of future flourishing. It might just be the beginning of another of history’s U-turns. Do you want to look your grandchildren in the eyes? Me too. I’ll see you there.”
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Photograph: Pixabay/Gerd Altmann. Pixabay license.
With reference to the fire at Notre Dame in Paris just the day before, Greta put out a clear call to European Parliament for “cathedral thinking” to take immediate action on the emergency that is climate change….
“It is still not too late to act. It will take a far-reaching vision, it will take courage, it will take fierce, fierce determination to act now, to lay the foundations where we may not know all the details about how to shape the ceiling. In other words it will take cathedral thinking. I ask you to please wake up and make changes required possible. To do your best is no longer good enough. We must all do the seemingly impossible.” ~ Greta Thunberg, Climate Activist and Founder of the School Strike Movement.
“Today is the start of a broader rebellion against business as usual. Taking inspiration from today, we need to stretch the rebellion into our workplaces. Not simply to disrupt. But to risk those awkward conversations with our colleagues, so every decision might begin to align with reducing or adapting to the climate crisis. Because the changes ahead will affect all of us in every workplace and community.
“Today will be beautiful. But it might also be stressful, especially as the rebellion unfolds, as it will. So, I want to address our fellow humans here today and around the world who serve as our police.
“Today and this week, we will have the honour of seeing mothers and grandmothers putting their bodies on the line for the defence of life itself. For the defence of your children. So I see the women protesting today as our elders. They are here for you. They are here for me. They are here for all of us.
“So to our police, I say, when you lay a hand on mothers and grandmothers you will not just be doing your job. It will be your personal decision to participate today, in a process of oppressing women and their wisdom that reaches back thousands of years. An oppression that is at the root of our crisis today.
“All of us, including the police, can remove ourselves from that chain of destruction. We can refrain from that act of uninvited touch. So I ask you to listen to the loving call of nature in your own hearts.
“And you might hear that Our Mother Earth Says Me Too.
“Our Mother Earth Says Me Too. Our Mother Earth Says Me Too.
“I want to share a poem that speaks to this. It’s not a famous old poem but written by a friend. Because we are writing history right now. It’s called Galvanize, by Toni Spencer.
“The time has come
to galvanize those heaving sighs from
fraught days and spiritual malaise. From
miles and miles spent in supermarket aisles
overwhelmed by choices to the point where
we lose our voices and so silently
we loosen our ties to life.
“Oh my loves what magic we could make if we
galvanized. Realized beyond fantasized futures, the
power of our presence”
Yes. The time has come, to get together.
To claim the prize of a collective awakening:
Get off our arses. Realize our vastness and
put it to work: Stopping the shopping and stepping out in the
streets. Shop fronts. Fields.
Boardrooms. Classrooms. Living rooms.
It’s time to galvanize. To alchemize a fullness of voice.
A radical choice. To speak up for what we know
to be true.”
“We will not accept this mass extinction quietly.
“We will not accept the threat of our own extinction quietly.
“We may not succeed in shaping the future but we can succeed in living our truth today.
“And living it louder. Living it prouder. Living it together. Thank you.”
“No one is coming to save us. Mass civil disobedience is essential to force a political response….
“Every nonlinear transformation in history has taken people by surprise. As Alexei Yurchak explains in his book about the collapse of the Soviet Union – Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More – systems look immutable until they suddenly disintegrate. As soon as they do, the disintegration retrospectively looks inevitable. Our system – characterised by perpetual economic growth on a planet that is not growing – will inevitably implode. The only question is whether the transformation is planned or unplanned. Our task is to ensure it is planned, and fast. We need to conceive and build a new system based on the principle that every generation, everywhere has an equal right to enjoy natural wealth.
“This is less daunting than we might imagine. As Erica Chenoweth’s historical research reveals, for a peaceful mass movement to succeed, a maximum of 3.5% of the population needs to mobilise. Humans are ultra-social mammals, constantly if subliminally aware of shifting social currents. Once we perceive that the status quo has changed, we flip suddenly from support for one state of being to support for another. When a committed and vocal 3.5% unites behind the demand for a new system, the social avalanche that follows becomes irresistible. Giving up before we have reached this threshold is worse than despair: it is defeatism.
“Today, Extinction Rebellion takes to streets around the world in defence of our life-support systems. Through daring, disruptive, nonviolent action, it forces our environmental predicament on to the political agenda. Who are these people? Another “they”, who might rescue us from our follies? The success of this mobilisation depends on us. It will reach the critical threshold only if enough of us cast aside denial and despair, and join this exuberant, proliferating movement. The time for excuses is over. The struggle to overthrow our life-denying system has begun.”
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Photograph: ‘Catastrophe afflicts people now and, unlike those in the rich world who can still afford to wallow in despair, they are forced to respond in practical ways.’ Photographer: Guillem Sartorio/AFP/Getty Images
“Over half of consumers say they have reduced the amount of disposable plastic they are using in the last year, according to a report which praises the ‘Attenborough effect’.
“The report claims that awareness raising initiatives over the last 12 months, including ‘David Attenborough’s acclaimed TV series Blue Planet II and Our Planet, released on Netflix on April 5th’, are having a positive impact in changing people’s behaviour.
“In the UK, 82 per cent of respondents who value sustainable packaging say it’s important to them because they’re concerned about the future of the environment.
“Beyond a general concern for the environment, in the UK, motivations for buying sustainable packaging are more self-directed; focused on a personal desire to be less wasteful.”
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In loving memory of the extraordinary life and legacy of Barbara Marx Hubbard, Findhorn Fellow and Visionary for Conscious Evolution, we share this fitting tribute to her life’s work written by her close friend Hazel Henderson, also a Findhorn Fellow.
Barbara died 10 April, 2019 surrounded by family and supported by her global community who held vigil in the days leading up to her threshold crossing into the Great Mystery.
Her final contribution to the Findhorn Foundation was just six months ago in October 2018. Barbara was a guest speaker during our Living the New Story online learning journey on the topic: The Emergence of a New Human Species – ‘Homo Amore Universalis’ (universal loving human). We are blessed to have shared these intimate moments with Barbara and to have benefited from her deep wisdom, infectious spirit and rich life experience. Our deepest gratitude to this remarkable soul – the complete embodiment of the ‘universal loving human’. Her work now lives on in our hearts and through our evolutionary activism in service to the planetary awakening to which she devoted her life.
IN PRAISE OF BARBARA MARX HUBBARD
Barbara has inspired millions with her brilliance, reaching people with her lectures, books and course on Conscious Evolution – the next step we humans must now take if we are to survive.
Barbara will always be known as the unique planetary futurist. Buckminster Fuller described her as “the most knowledgeable human” he had ever encountered. Fuller knew that Barbara understood our future choices. She blew the top off future studies, soaring way beyond the thinking and careerism of so many technologically-focused professionals in the field.
Barbara also plumbed the depths of the human soul and allowed herself to deeply experience human life embodied in the living biosphere of this our home planet. She happily gave birth to five unique humans along her path – learning and teaching women about the boredom of sexual arousal compared with personal “vocational arousal“ (see her free book)!
As with so many others, I was inspired and electrified by Barbara’s unbounded mind, personal courage and deep philosophy. We met in the 1960s through our membership in the World Future Society. Barbara activated me to fully unfold my own awareness, live my life experientially and fully, while aspiring to become a responsible planetary citizen. Our deep sharing weekends in the late 1970s with our beloved friend, Jean Houston, resulted in the publishing of our discussions about humanity’s future choices and options in “The Power of Yin“, Cosimo Books, N.Y. in 2007. Barbara and I happily shared my house for about a year together in Gainesville, Florida and we came to see ourselves as “Earth Child“ (me) and her as “Star Child“. We pledged to always stay in touch by literally and metaphorically linking our little fingers together. We shared the same cosmic awareness, but had chosen different paths in our current lifetimes to communicate what we had learned in different ways. Barbara laughed about her childhood discovery of her Jewish heritage, at a neighborhood “wasp” kindergarten, where her classmates confronted her in the playground with “You killed our Lord!“. She was later taken by her famous toymaker father to visit the US president in the White House, asking, “What is the meaning of America’s power?” President Dwight Eisenhower responded, “Little girl, I don’t know!”.
Barbara has plumbed the depths of the human experience and soared to the heights of visionary cognitive mastery in her planetary awareness of our place on Earth and our relationship to our solar system. Barbara grounded the futures movement and led us all to aspire in achieving our potential as planetary citizens. She saw that with maturity and wisdom, we might well become a responsible inter-planetary species.
Now that Barbara has chosen to end her stay with us here on Earth, she can claim her place in the firmament of cosmic intelligence.
Our Indigenous Prophecies of the Americas and beyond, promise that a dynamic global transformation would occur, after a very bitter 500-year Wintertime. After 500 years, it was foretold this Spiritual Wintertime would be transformed into a Spiritual Springtime, a new Global Civilization, that would last for 1000 years, a “Day that would not be followed by Night.”
Over the last 50 years, I have often wondered, how this would dynamically occur, on a global scale, everywhere, all at once. As our Human Family suffers one deepening crises after the other, this question becomes more and more urgent!
At the Sweat House Lodge, in 1975, Elder’s Abe Burnstick and Eddie Belrose shared with us: “You young men will live, to see the day, when ‘The Everywhere Spirit’ would be physically manifest everywhere on Mother Earth.” They also said at that time, all the truth, hidden by lies and deceit, would be uncovered and we would be able to look into the eyes and face of another Human Being, on the other side of Mother Earth, and you would be able to speak together.
Abe always shared the Prophecies and Teachings in Cree and Eddie translated all into English. They wanted us to fully understand the source of these sacred teachings, and prophecies, they did not come from a book. When the Internet first appeared, I knew that this was exactly what these two Elders had foretold.
Although at the time I did not know how to type or use a computer, I encouraged everyone around me to use digital technology and social media to communicate, learn, uplift and unify Indigenous Peoples and our Human Family. My day was to come.
Since then, I watched the fulfillment of the Prophecy of the Everywhere Spirit physically manifesting, with greater and greater capacity and reach, everywhere on Mother Earth. It is clear that everything foretold by the Elders, regarding the “Everywhere Spirit” is true.
Finally, through the kind and loving mentorship of Brother Jon Ramer, I am beginning to take baby steps in the digital world, in comparison to my son Tiger, who knows so much more than myself. Although I continue to learn more every day.
One of my passions is looking everywhere for innovative technologies to inform and unify our Indigenous Peoples and our Human Family. This is why I took great interest when SINE [Synergized Impact Network Exchange] was able to directly reach 100,000 people on UN Global Oneness Day, in October 2018. Then this past week, for Golden Rule Day, hosted by SINE Member, Charter for Compassion, SINE and its members reached 1 Million of our Human Family directly.
There is no question, in my heart or mind, that SINE is directly manifesting, a critical dimension of these Prophecies. SINE will empower us to be able to reach 100 Million members of our Human Family on World Peace Weekend on September 19 – 21, 2020, and with the release of Vision of the Ages on December 21, 2020.
I pray that those of us who long for World Peace will do all that is possible to ensure that SINE has the needed funding, engagement and support to reach full capacity. This is an investment of time and resources, we will never regret!
While reaching directly 100 million members of our Human Family seems almost unattainable, with SINE, and other related emerging technologies, we have the capacity and potentiality to directly reach one billion of our Human Relatives and more. With this growing capacity, we will be able to share, everywhere all at once, and deliver our message of healing, reconciliation, forgiveness, unity and the beginning of Peace on our Mother Earth, by 2030!
In this 24-minute interview with Anne Will, teen climate activist, Greta Thunberg, speaks as candidly as ever about her involvement in the FridaysForFuture movement: “My goal is to do everything in my power to make the world a better place. One person is not going to achieve that. Everyone is equally included. Everyone is equally important. This is something we need to do together.”
This fantastic animation explains in 100 seconds how nature can save us from Climate Breakdown. Animation by Al Boardman, written and narrated by George Monbiot….
When living systems – like forests, peat bogs, saltmarshes and the seabed – are allowed to recover, they draw down carbon from the atmosphere, reducing the chances of climate catastrophe.
At the same time, their restoration will minimise extinction and ecological collapse, and create a richer world of wonders for us to enjoy.
A better world for wildlife is a better world for people.
We are calling on the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), governments and NGOs to put Natural Climate Solutions at the heart of their policies.