In Sustainocracy we defined our core values in terms of health, safety, regional cocreation, awareness and fullfilment of our basic needs (water, food, warmth and air). All our core values are at stake but when our basic needs are in jeopardy we have little evolutionary perspectives to look for. Life turns into a daily quest for survival. On a global scale the examples I use are small but when we look carefully we see them repeating themselves across the globe, affecting many billions of people. Often I am asked if Sustainocracy can help. It sure can but needs local commitment.
Water: In Bolivia 1000’s of persons queue up for their watersupplies as entire cities are running out of this basic need.
Worried scientists and local residents from the region have contacted me to see if the introduction of Sustainocratic processes could help overcome the problems by joining the hands of local governance, innovation, science and citizens. We believe it can but again needs local willingness to build the groups around water, health and cocreation. We can help with level 4 regional development but cannot take over responsibility.
Air: Over 476.000 yearly premature death are counted in Europe alone due to poor air quality, especially in urban city environments. In New Delhi (India) one of the worst ever periods of smog was lived through these weeks. The local government declares air pollution an emergency but continues developing their cities based on economic growth rather than health. Sustainocracy was explained in februari 2016 in New Delhi upon invitation of the Indian government but no proactive attitude has been seen sofar. We have AiREAS to help out but need local commitment.
Food: Today in Dutch newspaper: Over 30.000 plants are good for human consumption but our food supplies have fallen into the hands of speculative industrial food processes that concentrate on 4 mainstreams that provide 75% of our daily calories: wheat, corn, soja and rice. Our landscapes are ruined due to manipulated monocultures of this type of food, often with patented seeds controlled by multinationals ruining also our farmers, using pesticides, fertilizers, etc. Worried scientists admit that we leave the soil behind for our kids in worse shape than ever.
Warmth: Rosa, an elderly lady of 81 in the township of Reus (Spain) has become the example of heartless policies and unjust inequality in the capitalist communities. Rosa had no money to pay for her electricity bills and dies when her matress caught fire when she forgot to blow out a candle. Local sources say that a law had passed that prohibited energy suppliers to cut off poor people from supplies during winter time. The gas company had done so anyway claimen their unaware nest of her poor situation. Whatever the background and reasoning behind all this it shows us and the world how vulnerable we all are of external supplies and the behaviour based on self interest of enterprises and money driven governance.
It always happens to someone else, until one day it happens to you…….