It has become evident that our current system is not working. Rather than inciting riots, advocating the overthrow of our dominant power and control structures or encouraging people to tear down the systems of oppression abuse and neglect that we are all becoming familiar with, I encourage building a new system entirely. The old ones are falling of their own weight, we just need to find ways to get out of the way or shelter in place as they fall around us. there are those who will feel displaced, to be sure. There are those who will feel helpless and unprepared to face the new society that is on the rise around the planet, but that never stopped change before and it certainly will not stop the changes that are coming. Buggy whip manufacturers had their day, lead pipe came and went even the electric curler manufacturers had their moment in the sun, but they have all gone the way of the dinosaur, yet we still coax our preferred method of transport to go faster, we still find ways to get water into our sinks and we eventually came up with the startling idea of letting our hair look “natural” rather than forcing it to curl. for those who do not mind putting hazardous chemicals on their hair, they have the option of the “permanent”. (which only lasts a while)
I only mention these things that are passe’ because when times change, the legacies that we felt were an important, even the tools that we felt were essential to our “modern” culture went the way of the dinosaur. If our species is to survive, the concept of planned obsolescence, fossil sources of oil and the preoccupation we seem to have for more at any cost need to die out as well.
The more local we can live, the smaller our energy footprint becomes. The less energy we need to burn through, the lighter our carbon footprint. Many scientists are saying that we have already crossed the threshold of the sixth mass extinction. Since the beginning of the industrial age, not only has more and more land come under cultivation, and more and more “modern” techniques are used to wrest food from that land. Along the way, habitat loss continues to claim entire populations of many organisms. This direction is certainly unsustainable. Many claim that GMOs will save us from threatened starvation, but the real challenge is not growing enough food for humans, but distribution of the surplus that we create. Those who have made their living from abusing the planetary systems that enable us to live here will never voluntarily relinquish the power that they wield. The only way to effectively eliminate them is to de-couple our lives from their systems of abuse and neglect. If we reorganize our lives to eliminate the flow of capital to their money-grubbing hands, they will simply die off and fall away. Designing a sustainable lifestyle is not only our right, but our responsibility as well.