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3 days

That is the amount of time a human being can live without water.

3 minutes without air and 30 days without food. We look at nature around us and observe with what speed our rivers have dried up. 8 billion people and our entire world of food depends on this water. And our time span without it is 3 days!

This is not enough time to jail all those who have (mis)used our planetary resources as consumables for financial self-interests. It is not enough time to restore our long term disharmonized relationship with nature. It is not enough time to install technology for drinking water and irrigation. The time we had we wasted in looking away and talking politics.

Lesson learned?

Have we now accepted that our sustainable prospects as a human species are no political or financial debate. That we cannot eat or drink money. That the laws of nature are the real economy? That our individual financial interests are worth nothing when we are dead! That we have to take responsibility of our essential values together. That we have to it now! We don´t have decades. When things like these droughts happen we don´t even have years or months.

We need to accept massively level 4 regional development, a Sustainocracy of shared core values and responsibilities. It is as simple as that.

Why and how to create local regional resilience

Globalization demanded (even forced) solidarity from us with the political financial system. When we look at the hair raizing, unsolved consequences of this dominance we realize that we need to take back our own responsibility to achieve local and global sustainability and resilience. What to do?

1. Mentality or Mindset

Whether we are citizen, local entrepreneur, politician, government, educator or scientist, we all need to accept that our core natural human values are our shared responsibility. And this responsibility cannot be imported from China, bought with money or delegated to someone else. It is to be carried locally, by ourselves and together (people and institutions). Even tangible elements such as food, water, warmth and housing have to be taken out of the grips of speculative financial brokers and back under our custody as shared responsibility. Just like we are doing through AiREAS with environmental air quality. They all form part of our integral sustainable health and safety.

When we address our local needs and responsibilities together we can reduce our energy usage by up to 70% without reducing our quality of life. This is because the industrialized production and related logistics is the biggest user of energy and largest polluter of our environment. Bringing the productivity close to our consumption, with our own direct engagement, converts a problem into a virtue. Letting go of our ill making individualism will do the rest when we enjoy the comfort again of communities.

2. Grow our own food

Food projects around school, flats, private garden, rooftops

Most of our food comes from industrialized megaproductions. It has gradually been deprived from nutrituous values, consisting of 20% what would provide natural food. It also contains residues of fertilizers and pesticides. In occasions these products have been genetically modified too. Most of our illnesses can be directly related to poor, manipulated and processed food. To produce locally may sound difficult, especially in cities, but it is not. It requires commitment and determination. Many techniques are available to experiment with. It is best to create your own food community, avoid the supermarket (for food at least), and start producing and sharing. If desired you can sign up for an inspiration course based on our own experiences and engaging people from all over the world to share experiences.

3. Circular use of products and resources

We have grown so used to “owning” products for our use that the concept of “sharing” needs to be rediscovered and even redeveloped. Why have a car that is 95% unused? Or a toolbox, the scooter, and all that other stuff that we tend to accumulate over time. It uses up space but is hardly used. This may be good for the financial benefits of producers, it is a waste of resources, space and money. Also there is a tendency to makes these products cheaper, with less quality, as disposables.

Managing and sharing these common resources in a community is much more effective, cheap and responsible. We can also collectively assure optimum quality of these products. It requires some organization, trust and access when needed. This can also be applied for our housing.

What you can make out of trash?

Our cities have grown into black holes of consumption. Our waste is collected, burned or dumped in landfills. Have you seen what they do with our used clothes? Just like reusing paper we can reuse textile fibers. This has been extensively researched. There are also all kinds of clothes exchange programs possible among citizens that can make your wardrobe become dynamic. Hard plastic can also be grinded and reused like so many other things (metal, glass, etc).

Try to be creative. The bicycle of the artist in the picture is made entirely of metal trash found on the street. Its art is now worth over 15.000€!

Professional electronics consists of many usefull components. Refurbished and reused high tech can be designed into all kinds of applications. It is an area where jobs can be created too.

4. Help each other (neighbors)

Life is full of little things that can be solved by opening up to each other. Helping elderly people changing a light bulb in the kitchen. Maybe do some shopping for that pregnant lady. Walk the dog of this person who had an accident. Life can be so troublesome when we have no one we can fall back on in case of need. Yet the social connection is heart warming and essential for human wellness. We need to overcome our sick making individualism and become caring people again. Care and be cared.

As the say: “By caring for a person may not change the world, it may be a world of change for that person”.

Sustainocracy has established COS3I for social inclusion and peaceful constructive human interaction. We even try to even do projects together, involving restaurants, cooks, handicraft, yoga, etc. But another community announced itself in the Netherlands (and beyond) under the name “Vamilie” and gained rapid support. In this picture we see the amount (each orange or blue tick) of self supporting human clusters that arose. They all intend to do local food, share products, help each other, organize social activities, etc.

Vamilie clusters

5. Apply 4 x WIN entrepreneurship

If you are a local entrepreneur present yourself within the 4 x WIN environment. Especially small (and medium sized) local enterprises can maintain a high quality standard with care for human values, society and the environment, and be financially profitable too. You can position your business in professionalized versions of the above areas. Avoid expensive city centers and present yourself near the people´s homes, with easy access, nice social interaction. Get your resources locally to stimulate local for local productivity. Add value yourself with your expertise. The “Neighborhood of Tomorrow” is a self sustaining community of productivity and social interaction where speculation is not accepted.

Big enterprises tend to have a lot of personnel. Challenging personnel to work from (or near) home, or take the bike to the office, can be combined with a point system. These points can be converted into local tokens that give access to the local for local circular economy.

6. Establish values driven coalitions, also with government

Not everyone wants to be a sustainocrat but if you have the desire to be the linking pin for sustainable shared regional responsibilities around the core natural values, feel free to act like that. It will strengthen all the participants in the network, even the local government. Get the local key stakeholder together at the table of a certain priority and try to establish projects together that would be too complex to be done by each alone.

Action driven clusters can be created for all local priorities

High time that we all start taking our responsibility

It is unimaginable to realize how much damage our blind consumer attitude, irresponsible financial profit (1 x WIN) business management and corrupt governance has done to us as humankind and our planet. In Sustainocracy we introduce an open space where shared responsibility for our core natural values makes the difference. We use UNITED (government, citizens, business, science and education), 4 x WIN entrepreneurship and the Transformation Economy. But if we keep neglecting the invitation we face disaster after disaster. Now we are getting gradually into a situation that irresponsible people can be prosecuted. But why do we have to go to such length to save our lives from the greedy or tunnel visioned? This can be avoided when we join the right level of shared responsability.

Positive signs are there but we have a long way to go, we run out of time, and some issues seem hard to tackle without a world crisis first.

River in Indonesia

This river is so heavily polluted that it is health hazard for everyone. Industries that supply fashion to the Western world dump irresponsibly their waste. People and government do too. As if we are blindly leaving nature to solve our mess. Taking responsibility requires the involvement of everyone.

Las Vegas inhundation

Las Vegas is a popular gambling city in America. It has grown so intensely in the desert that it is facing serious problems. This weekend, for the second time, it was hit by huge rainfall. That is not the only issue. The nearby colorado river and lake that provides water to the city is drying our at a rapid pace.

Chinese possible economic collapse

The banking crisis in 2008 was a show of desastrous financial opportunism that backfired, leaving the entire world in a deep crisis. The way the crisis was tackled, using enormous capital injections into the financial world instead of the real economy of care and innovation, was equally monstrously wrong. China is facing the same now, possibly dragging the rest of the world into a new financial black hole. High time to leave this capitalist mentality, even consider it a crime against humanity.

European rivers dry up

The enormous heatwave this year again shows its impact on the European rivers. These rivers are important infrastructures for logistics, but also key ecological elements for balancing our living habitat, providing drinking water and irrigation for agriculture. Especially the way we manipulated our landscapes for single crop production uses up lots of water that with other, more nature based techniques would not be necessary. We create our own problems that are impossible to solve if we don´t address the root cause: our lack of responsibility for our core natural values. We are not working WITH nature, we are taking abuse of it and this hits us back like this.

Our trash

Our irresponsible consumption lifestyle produces uncanning amounts of trash. In many cities this is burned, producing the illusion of green energy at the expense of all the natural resources put into the original production. In other places the trash is dumped in landfills. Despite some energy deliverables the pollution impact is huge. Also diseases spread by birds are a serious issue. Some landfills have even become the “home” of poverty that does some “treasure hunting” among the waste of others.

Our throw away clothes

We may throw away our used clothes, hoping that the textile is being reused as a resource, reducing the amount of cotton or synthetic fibres needed from nature. Truth is that it is being shipped to Africa, sold to the reuse market and the surpluses (up to 90%) dumped on huge landfills. Fashion industries overproduce worldwide, pollution with their factories as we have seen in the first video (Indonesia) while misusing the locals as cheap human resources. The pollution then continuous at the end of the usage cycle in Africa. The overall destruction of our habitat, our health and safety for the future, in the entire chain has reached criminal proportions. The only way to change this is to dismantle the chain and leverage it to a circular, regenerative approach in which ALL stakeholders (consumers, entreprises, government) take their responsibility together. Sustainocracy can be the sollution but needs to be supported by a new legislation covering our basic responsibilities, like expressed in the declaration of our governing principles.