The sun is the main supplier of energy on Earth. All life on our planet has been made possible thanks to this continuous source. Other energetic players in the development of life have been the rotation of our planet Earth, the movement of water (influenced by gravity, evaporation and the Moon) and the windy weather patterns. Humankind however decided to build its golden age of (technological) welfare on the usage of fossil fuels. This natural source of storage of millions of years of sunlight and carbon combinations provided us with incredible amounts of energy and equal amounts of pollution. Part of our climate issues can be directly related to our addiction to burning fuels.
The end of the fossil fuel era in sight. It has had and still has devastating consequences on our surroundings and our health. After all we have been using it for a few hundred years without any ethical bounderies. Now a desperate search is going on for alternative sources that sustain the same level of energy usage. Most of the solutions found are as destructive as the original fossil fuel problem.
The real issue is not the availability of sources of energy. It is our unjustified massive need for it. Most individuals (especially in industrialized countries) and communities use energy for transportation, the production and logistics of everything we consume, for warmth in our homes or offices, and for cooking our food. Compared to any other living species, in our modern world of technology, we use up many thousand times more energy per person and society than we stricktly should and need as a natural species.
If one tree in a forest would behave as a human being than the forest would disappear, consumed by this single tree. And in the end the tree would disappear due to the lack of a forest. Thankfully the tree uses sunlight to live and develops a working relationship with the other trees and the living world around it. If human beings would behave like trees we would be bathing in abundance and wellness, not in the risk of our self elimination.
The message hence is to reduce our individual and collective energy usage by at least 75%. This is a great challenge in which we can deploy our scientific knowledge as well as a creative, innovative nature. Our main supplier is the sun for the remaining 25% and for this we need to become regionally self sufficient in a clean and neat way.
Social engagement instead of money
In our current society all relationships between people, our needs and institutions are organized through money. In essence this means that we delegate our wellbeing to a whole set of financial players. This has two important consequences. The first is that we as individuals have lost our sense of responsibility towards important issues. Secondly we expect that responsibility to be taken by those financially oriented players. We are now becoming aware that this is not taken, certainly not in a proactive manner. The institutions built within the financial cloud have a financial dependence and fragmented focus. None can be helt responsible for “the whole”. Even local territorial government is managing a territory as a profit and costs, not as a shared responsibility.
This means that we need to engage again directly with our own responsibilities, certainly when they refer to our core natural human values as a biological species that also dependents on its natural environment for our integral health, wellness and sustainable expectations. We need to learn to see society not as a profit and loss account but as a cocreative shared responsibility. Our financially based society has torn our relationships apart based on self centeredness and shared services against a price. Our social engagement brings back our care for and with each other, our environment and the abundant reciprocity we receive through this interaction.
The message here is that we connect again with real values directly, like the air we breath, the food we eat, the water we drink, the warmth we need and work together with our follow people on our health and safety together in self aware cocreation. Money, if needed at all, is just a means. Institutions are our values driven instruments that share our responsibilities with us, not against us.
Regenerative, local, circular and clean productivity
We currently misuse our available resources in a destructive and abusive way. We are surrounded by a sense of shopping abundance that is being realized against the destruction of our habitat, often without recovery due to lack of return or circular processes. We have created black holes of blind consumption and waste pollution. Overall this era is referred to the Anthropocene. This is the only era that humankind leaves an unerasable destructive footprint on our planet Earth. In a way that we are well on our way in eliminating ourselves.
The only way to turn this around is to develop regenerative, local, circular and clean productivity that covers our needs and reuses our resources over and over again. We don’t have to own any material resources and can create patterns of usages and reusage. Local productivity in this way demands the involvement of the entire population.
The message here is that we share our responsibilities, our productivity and value creation together in a natural, circular and regenerative manner. We redesign our communities (cities, rural) to optimally fullfil this on a local for local scale. We interconnect regionally to share our abundance and help cocreate wellness and our core values on a global networked scale.
Engagement of our youngest generations
The leadership required for these points is one of wise senior adulthood, not (young) blind speculative opportunism. Our learning towards such leadership starts already at the level of early childhood. This means that our educational patterns need to be restructured. Rather than setting the scene of an indoctrinized social structure of dependence we need to help our young people themselves in awareness, empathy, sense of responsibility, open reflection and feed back loops, self leadership, cocreation of core values and togetherness. Their guidance will be done on developing their own authentic and meaningful identity, equality, safety, health, awareness, trust and cocreation of genuin values.
The message here is that we need to present an open learning space for our youngest generations where they can optimally develop themselves without indoctrination but a core natural human values attitude towards awareness building, self reflection and self leadership. They will walk through all their growing up phase with new role models in societal engagement and working together.