Sunday, August 13, 2006

Be the Change…

In response to the insightful comment about the need not only for business and government to enact the shift to a sustainable society, but also every one of us in our everyday lives – I thought I would pass on this link to SmartPower – a national non-profit marketing campaign for clean energy:

http://www.smartpower.org/



There are only a handful of state on there – but all my Mass readers can check out the options available for New England renewables, and how you can support them – for as little as $5, or as much as you want per month…

The blog of “Beo” (who left the comment) is also worth checking out:

http://onestraw.blogspot.com/

He’s got a lot of focus on Permaculture – an idea (concept / design technique / philosophy / way of being) that could literally save the world – and highlights how each of us in urban apartments, suburban developments, and rural farms can do our part to contribute to the health of natural systems and life on earth, as opposed to taking from it.

As for “being the change” its absolutely vital – and core to understanding the whole-system. When we talk about the 5-level framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, Level 1 – the System – is about understanding the role of the individual within the organization/community within society within the biosphere (as well as about understanding the basic laws and principles of that system). It can take a while for this to sink in, but when it really does, it can be a profound realization – and empowering that each of us can be the change, until a tipping point is reached and we go through a kind of societal phase-shift to a sustainable society. It frees you from the feeling of an inevitable future crashing down on you and allows you to backcast from a successful, sustainable future, and start taking strategic steps today to get to that vision. This is the only way we can get past the “doom and gloom” so evident in my recent post about the world’s oceans, and all over the news of late with the wars and terrorism. The more people internalize this change and bring this thinking and energy to their organizations, the faster we will get there. Stay going…