The California session of Friday’s Bioneers conference began with a chant by 13 indigenous grandmothers from around the world. There were an estimated 13,000 attendees from California and throughout the country. Some observations and ideas from the opening speakers:
The earth is becoming what the human race makes of it.
Human-induced environmental disasters are visible from space.
Darwin said it’s not the strongest species that survives, but those most ready to change. (Are you ready to change?)
We must imagine how to live here in a way that lasts. We need resilience, and we must admit that we are not in control of everything.
Diversity is our best hope. Nature thrives on diversity, and so should humanity. A damaged system can recover if it is diverse. The odds are improved and society is enriched. Community and social capital involves empowering local communities to solve their own problems. This is called the new localism… communities must be decentralized to solve problems. We can see that happening with the Mayors Climate Protection Act… the Federal government is not taking responsibility, so local governments are stepping into the role (that’s what is meant by decentralized).
Real wages are at a 59 year low, while corporate profits are at an all-time high. Social justice is central to the mission… call it green collar justice. We must heal the deep wounds of racism and end class war. Everyone needs to be a leader, and diversity is the key to our survival.
Organisms have done everything we want to do – grow hair, travel, find energy and water – and they’ve done it without using fossil fuels. Nature will not run out of energy, but if we continue on the fossil fuel path, we will, and it will be too late.
We need a new set of eyes. Nature is no longer a usable resource, but a teacher of generosity and design. Biomimicry involves looking at nature’s designs and making our own designs more efficient.