PURPOSES

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Aims

1. To promote ‘big picture’ systems thinking, species-level awareness and ‘global consciousness’  by providing ideas and resources relevant to a sustainable future (or not) for ‘Spaceship Earth’ and related metaphors in the Anthropocene Epoch.

2. To provide help & resources to develop ‘glocal’ personal & community action around the notion of ‘thinking, globally and acting locally’ based on ‘big picture’ critical thinking, learning, sharing and action.

3. To share current information and resources (blogs, workshops, courses, print and visual materials) about relevant issues & practice.

For whom?

All who are concerned about the future well-being of people and planet and especially for the well-being of future generations.

Approach

Collaborative ‘glocal’ action is about taking action to preserve the health and sustainability of ‘Spaceship Earth’ the planetary home of all species. Such action can take many forms and there is already much good practice in environmental and ecological education around the world. The internet is a rich source of learning for a sustainable future as the many links on this web-site prove.

Our focus is on the planet as a whole, hence the metaphor of a finite spaceship which is at present becoming seriously damaged. The damage is from the accelerating exponentially growing impact of human activity (In shorthand –  ‘The Machine World’). Indeed, Spaceship Earth is considered by many serious scientists to be already too full (‘overshoot’) of humans and fossil fuel-dependent technology to have a sustainable future.  This perspective comes from several subject disciplines that build a ‘big picture’ of the fundamental conflict between two worlds:

  • ‘Machine World’ exponentially-driven growth constructed by human technology in the search for material affluence (cities; financial systems; cyberspace; transport infrastructure; the electronic environment; etc.) that comprise modern civilization developed over the last 12 generations.
  • ‘Natural World’ the self-regulating web of life and the planetary systems that sustain it (the sun’s energy, water, air, soil, minerals, etc.) that have evolved over the last 4.5 billion years to achieve stability by balancing growth and decline.

We offer many links and resources that relate to this fundamental conflict between the two worlds. They help us to identify, analyze, take collaborative project-based action with a global perspective in the local community to create a sense of agency and hope, or at worst, a commitment to continuing doing something, however small, about our grave predicaments in the Anthropocene.

Phases of ‘Glocal’ Action

LEARN – SHARE – ACT – EVALUATE

Phase 1: Identify needs & possible action– identify global (”Spaceship Earth”) issues that can be related to local needs.

Phase 2: Shared analysis  – of identified themes using links on this website, contacting local experts and organizations, etc.

Phase 3: Action 

  • presentations and seminars  about Spaceship Earth, Ecological Footprints; Reducing carbon emissions; Future Scenarios Research; etc.
  • use the internet and social media to provide relevant links to some of the world’s best scientists and researchers; e.g. www.TED.com which has short presentation with sub-titles in various languages
  • lobby local politicians about ‘glocal’ action needs
  • promote local environmental and recycling initiatives and relate them to a sustainable global future;
  •  provide voluntary support for relevant NGOs; etc.

Phase 4: Evaluation –  reflect critically on the effects of community action in order to learn and improve their impact and to build confidence and hope.

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