I’ve always had this fascination with spinning wheels, they symbolize self reliance and resilience—a people creating their own destiny. We have so many people working to create a world where life can thrive, doing incredible amounts of research at their own personal expense, because they care deeply about humanity and the earth. Unfortunately, there are also many people that can’t let go of the old story and move forward. But, this is what adaptation and survival mean, creating a new story. In order to adapt we have to spin a new story.
In the center of the painting is the raw material, the rocks and minerals. Then from these inert materials we create so much. If we take a holistic view of manufacturing and consumption we would take into account the entire chain of cause and effect leading both toward and away from the product made. Regenerative capitalism would focus on the whole and not just the parts.
The Capital Institute, which is a non-partisan think tank whose mission is “to explore and effect the economic transition to a more just, regenerative, and thus sustainable way of living on this earth through the transformation of finance” has been working to develop and implement these ideas. Perhaps we could dream of a utopian future rather than a dystopian future?
One of the easiest things we could do to tame our wicked climate crisis would be to turn off the lights in high rise buildings and commercial buildings when no one is there. And, it’s one of the hardest things I have trouble understanding why we don’t. I know the cleaners are cleaning—all night though? UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon participated in Earth hour last March, which is going into it’s ninth year. One hour. Our climate is in crisis and we give it one hour a year! I have to diligently vaccinate my cat every year and these companies can’t even shut off their lights to help avert climate collapse?