• An opportunity to reset

    I do not follow the news, as I choose to avoid getting caught up in the energy of it. I do still hear bits and pieces and have the occasional headline pop up onto my phone. I am shocked that there is a proportion of the population who even now are attempting to take advantage of others, putting money before the well being of people. I wont go into the stories the two particular stories I have heard, because I am sure that anyone reading this will also have heard them or something similar. But then I have never understood the mentality or those who try to scam others and I am continuing to get numerous emails each day of that variety.

    Anyway, I am still of the opinion, that this 'event' is being given to us as an opportunity to reset. If anyone is aware of the cards in a tarot deck, there is a card called 'The Tower'' where there is a picture of a tower, surprise, surprise, something like the leaning tower of Pisa, but it has collapsed into a pile of rubble. Sometimes, we need to have a complete breakdown, to be able to rebuild, something better.

    The virus is here to help us, to give us the opportunity to rebuild something better than what has been. We do not want things to go back to where they were before. We want something better to be able to come forward. We want to be living in a more egalitarian society. Everyone is born with a purpose. We are all here for a reason. But it is not going to show up in the same way. I dont know what the advert is for, but there is an advertisement that shows that the man sweeping the floors was as important in the process as the astronaut in the rocket. Things have gone way off balance and this is our opportunity to reset the balance.

    Today many schools are closing and the teenagers are worrying about their exams. Our education system has been way off balance for many years. Exams do not really show anything at all. They just put a lot of stress onto our young people and set children up to compete and is set up in a negative way for self esteem. Every child is born with a purpose and is good at something. We need to find ways to bring out the best in everyone and to support and encourage their interests.

    Anyway, I received an email this morning and am going to copy below something that someone has writtien that is also seeing this situation as a positive.

    Let’s make this the catalyst for the re-design and regeneration of the human impact on Earth – we can heal the Earth and her people, regenerate ecosystems everywhere, regenerate our cooperative nature and build renewed social cohesion through community solidarity …

    This is the time to accept that change is no longer an option but now forced on us at a scale that the current economic system will AND SHOULD NOT recover from! … the time to (re)create vibrant bioregional economies that incentivise ecosystems regeneration and a reregionalisation of production and consumption is here.

    Time to switch to Gameb – a globally cooperative humanity worth its name … united in the commitment to create conditions conducive to life and redesign the human impact on the planet from exploitative and degenerative to healing and regenerative.

    Yes, this pandemic is upon us and the stock markets are collapsing, production, air travel, air pollution, … are dropping … recent predictions based on a model by researchers of the Universities of Based and Stockholm suggest that even with a summer dip in the rate of increase the COVID-19 virus could infect 100 million people (at a time) by Winter 2020/21.

    Let’s not plan for return to business as usual after this – the climate emergency and obscene levels of inequality within and between countries clearly indicate that BAU was not working and heading for imminent collapse and synchronous failure anyway.

    We are now pushed to a global mobilisation of resources and civic participation that the planet has not seen before. Let us not waste time by pretending that what we had before was working or is worth returning to.

    What are some of the measures that communities, cities and regions will have to have to begin to explore anyway?

    How do we feed our population at the bioregional scale from food grown mainly regionally?

    How do we provide energy from regional renewable resources as oil production and oil prices force us out of fossil fuels (for good)?

    How do we switch to regional transport systems that are not dependent on expensive imports of fuel?

    In short, we need to redesign for community and regional resilience to a turbulent economic future while increasing food, water energy sovereignty at those scales.

    This kind of resilience building was needed in any case as a global preparation for a worsening climate crisis and to avoid cataclysmic runaway climate change.

    The scale of collaboration needed for the response to climate change seemed impossible to catalyse in the time we had left.

    Now COVID-19 is forcing us to mobilise in unprecedented ways and we are doing so as one global species facing a calamity that we can only solve collaboratively and together – for all equally – or we will not solve it at all! … sounds familiar?

    COVID-19 might become the catalyst for the transformation of the human presence and impact on Earth that climate change should have been but was too diffuse of a thread for our species to come together around in an effective way.

    Now that we are and have to achieve this, let us make the most of the effort and resources spent!

    The world will never be the same. … and that can be a good thing too!

    Already the lives saved by dropping air pollution in China alone might soon begin to out-number the tragic and catastrophic loss of lives that the viral pandemic is and will continue to cause.

    With suffering and loss at that scale it is inappropriate to draw comparisons and comparing numbers does not reduce the suffering for those affected.

    Even if the viral death toll ends up being much larger than currently estimated it will remain a fraction of the death toll caused by the systemic dysfunctionalities of our current system and expected to be caused by the kind of climate change and ecosystems collapse scenarios we were heading for in the short to mid-term in any case.

    Phase shift is here! We will surprise ourselves with our capacity to collaborate across boards as one global species!

    Let’s make our efforts count and design for human and planetary health as we build a new future together based on diverse regenerative cultures everywhere.

    Diverse bioregional economies supporting cultures that heal their local rivers, regenerate forests, grasslands, soils, wetlands and oceans.

    Cultures that are elegantly adapted to the bio-cultural uniqueness of the bioregions we now have the opportunity to re-inhabit as healers and in a globally collaborative way!

    reGeneration Rising! Trim-Tabs Unite!

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