of Great Barrington for their own take ...
On peak oil, climate change,
thinking global & acting local
as posted @zaadz by yeshe on July 25th, 2009
an introduction to which is copied below ...
The Transition Initiative is definitely a product of our times. To quote Richard Heinberg “If the 20th century was one of unprecedented growth in nearly every significant parameter (population, energy use, per capita consumption levels, etc.), the present century promises to be one characterised by declines in nearly all of those same categories, along with catastrophic weather events and drowning coastlines”.
The Transition Initiative is concerned with the transition to a post-fossil fuel society, based on the necessity of change forced by the twin premises of peak oil and climate change. Heinberg again: “Fossil fuel depletion might be seen as a good thing, given the horrific environmental costs of using those fuels. But our societal dependencies on oil, coal and gas constitute an enormous collective vulnerability, since there are no ready substitutes capable of fully replicating their services.
Thus, as fossil fuels go into decline, we will see a century of contraction in consumption levels that could cause the global economy to implode, undermining the survival prospects for the next generation. Unless we wean ourselves from these fuels proactively, societal support systems will crash just as the global climate gets pushed past a tipping point beyond which there will be nothing humans can do to avert worst-case impacts including sharply rising sea levels and devastated crops. Depletion and climate issues converge to make a deliberate, cooperative transition away from fossil fuels the centrepiece of our human survival strategy for the remainder of the 21st century.”
NO RESPECT for your environment - NO RESPECT for YOURSELF
Lots of interesting stuff here, Helen!
One thing that I'm wondering about, though: You mention “destructive competition” as opposed to “cooperation”, and that's all fine and good,
but where does “constructive competition” fit in? Or is that not
considered realistic under these two movements? Or maybe something
along the lines of “competition + cooperation = constructive
Hi Grey! I think that competition is a key part of the picture - nothing wrong with it at all, it's a great evolutionary strategy - but there comes a moment when it is no longer healthy or constructive. That's when it becomes destructive - we need to know when our behaviour is becoming pathological, and be able to diversify into healthier behaviours as the context requires.
Right now, I suspect that we aren't quite awake enough as a species to be aware that we have a choice in how to behave. My sense is that that awareness is over the horizon right now, outside our awareness until we complete this next phase of our collective evolution, which we are heading into now. The global transition we are currently embarked on - if we make it through - could well be the watershed beyond which we can awaken as a unified human family and really get our shit together.
“in the spirit” of the people, for the people, by the people …
and no better succinct overview explanation of ”the situation” than
that presented by Monty Don the new President of the Soil Association.
… as I have said elsewhere, however, IT IS NOT just about holistic thinking
IT IS about an acceptance of the infinite consequences of the interdependence of independence within that holistic thinking …
As Rob Hopkins' has said in his book about how to start a Transition Initiative…
“It may feel that you will have to do it all yourself. You may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of all the work and complexity, but people will come forward to help. Indeed, many have commented on the serendipity of the whole process, how the right people appear at the right time. There is something about seizing that boldness, about making the leap from ”why is no-one doing anything ” to ”let's do something”, that generates the energy to keep it moving.”
Beyond sustainability through cooperation and collaboration - in fact
… and as Jay Griffiths has said in Changing the Scale of Change -
“If the Transition Initiative is empowering for communities, THAT IS because there is an enormous latent energy there to be tapped, so that communities may be authors of their own story, hopeful, active, and belonging, rather than despairing, passive, and cynical.”