Rabbit Holes 3
Over the last couple of weeks, perhaps sensing the end of an era no matter how the election results, the climate community has suddenly lurched into solutions-orientation. Where my Twitter feed was once filled with endless data dumps about the coming cataclysm, nearly every climate activist I follow has started talking more about solutions than the problem. At this point we all know what's coming...degrees of madness, a continuum of pain. So, wasting anymore breath talking about the problems seems fruitless. We're running out of time, and though most people don't really seem to grasp how bad things are going to get if we don't act now, we need to start moving some of that energy into deploying solutions at warp speed, or we will miss our shrinking window with trying to convince people of the realities of the climate crisis. At some point you have to just start acting whether anyone else has your back or not.
I've found myself in the same boat, moving many of my plans for Innisfree from the "Thinking About" file into the "ToDo" list. We'll be announcing shortly some fo the most immediate needs we have, but in the meantime here are a bunch of links to occupy your weekend.
"A global road map, published Wednesday in Nature, identifies a path to soaking up almost half of the carbon dioxide that has built up since the Industrial Revolution and averting more than 70 percent of the predicted animal and plant extinctions on land. The key? Returning a strategic 30 percent of the world’s farmlands to nature." Restoring Farmland Could Drastically Slow Extinctions, Fight Climate Change.
The great unravelling: 'I never thought I’d live to see the horror of planetary collapse'
"Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is an educational and cultural exchange program that provides students and individuals around the world with the opportunity to learn practical farming skills, be part of the organic agriculture movement, make new friends, and join a global community conscious of ecological farming practices."
Roots Down is helping Atlanta integrate agriculture into the fabric of neighborhoods. They're raising $15k for an agriculture center in Decatur, GA.
The Gen Z Climate Activists (That Aren't Greta Thunberg) You Should Know.
"World leaders have pledged to clamp down on pollution, embrace sustainable economic systems and eliminate the dumping of plastic waste in oceans by the middle of the century as part of “meaningful action” to halt the destruction of nature on Earth." World leaders pledge to halt Earth’s destruction ahead of UN summit.
When a group of libertarians set about scrapping their local government, chaos descended. And then the bears moved in. The Town That Went Feral.
Pope Francis says the coronavirus pandemic has proven that the “magic theories” of market capitalism have failed and that the world needs a new type of politics that promotes dialogue and solidarity and rejects war at all costs. Pope: Market capitalism has failed in pandemic, needs reform.