By, Pamela Boyce Simms Cross-posted from Resilience.org @ The Postcarbon Institute Ancestor, …What Did YOU Do at the Time of the Great Transition? Dear Descendant, Once upon a time, as climate change accelerated in the 21st century, the recognition that everyone was in the same boat with a hole at the bottom jolted some of your ancestors awake. It dawned on people that American hamlets, towns, cities, and megacities had just three (3) days of food to sustain local populations in the event of climate change disruption. Yet, even as they faced that stark reality, your ancestors never lost sight of the fact that they always had choices. Fortunately, enough people chose to:
- leave behind the 18th century mechanistic thinking that had gotten them into a 21st century existential mess,
- unite to design a new culture,
- build a critical mass that would lead to a transformational cultural tipping point, and,
- develop enough self-awareness to successfully navigate the gauntlet of the Great Transition* into simpler, carbon-constrained, yet superb-quality life circumstances.
- lived in areas regarded as “sacrifice zones” by the corporate world, and/or,
- were extremely vulnerable to climate-change induced displacement, AND,
- were determined to defy centuries of historical fragmentation to chose a future which although transformed, would be one of joy, community, and wellbeing!
*The Great Transition is a systemic framework for understanding how we might hospice outworn ways of living that no longer serve us and the Earth, and give birth to an emergent, more compassionate and resilient future. A broad spectrum of grassroots, citizen-led, community initiatives sustain the movement toward the Great Transition against the backdrop of climate change, resource depletion, and economic instability. Purposeful groups of friends and neighbors mitigate these converging global crises by engaging their communities in environmental education and actions that increase local self-reliance and resilience. They catalyze relocalization of economies and low carbon lifestyles by innovating, networking, collaborating, and replicating proven strategies, respecting the deep, fractal patterns of nature, and diverse cultures in their localities. “Transitioners” work with deliberation to create a fulfilling and inspiring local way of life that can withstand the shocks of rapidly shifting global systems.