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If you really want to make a statement, embracing Green Friday is a beautiful form of activism without the consumerist aggression of the black variety. What to do on Green Friday?
Do NOT buy in bulk, no matter how misleadingly attractive the marketing may be. All those not only lost the economic basis, but also nature and interpersonal relationships.
- Work from home to finish the week on time and start enjoying the family and friends life. No air pollution today, no traffic jam stress, but social connection.
- If expected at work go by bike, share transport with someone else or go by public transport. No dirt in the air on our Green Fridays.
- Eat locally produced food, preferably together with family, friends and acquaintances
- Buy directly from the farmer, without intermediaries such as the supermarket
- You can also find clues NOT to go to work. A day of rest, walking in nature, attention for yourself.
- Get a massage, do yoga or go cycling. Enjoy the now, the anti-stress and your green approach.
- Do some gardening, alone or with others. Think of edible plants in the garden.
- Let others know that you choose Green Friday. Maybe they’ll join.
- Maybe you enjoy crafts and will spend the day making beautiful things from discarded materials?
- Or spend a day helping a healthcare provider, a community building, or cleaning up messes in the street.
- Or ask your neighbors. Maybe they need something, but don’t dare to ask or don’t know who to turn to.
In short, Green Friday is socially binding, environmentally conscious, something we should always be. Only today we will pay extra attention to it because there are so many that do the opposite. Also businesses join and take their personnel out for social work and teambuilding activities. They refuse to spoil their authenticity, image and functioning, preferring to join some 4 x WIN activities instead.
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 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.
When we look at the development and evolution of cities we can observe an era of intense changes. While the organic growth of urban centers has historically been motivated by defense against external aggression, trade and later industrial activities, nowadays cities develop around quality of life and services. For a long time city management was conditioned by urban growth factors, building infrastructures and facilitation business dynamics. This determined the look and feel of the places, often at the expense of pollution, traffic based collapsed infrastructures, waste development, criminality, ghettos, etc. They were the playing ground of financial lobbiest, industrial giants, logistic trade lables, real estate developers and speculants, and underground activities of drug dealers, financial criminals, etc. Expensive bureaucracy, police and other measure developed to manage this dark side of city explotation.
Some examples on social media:
Barcelona car free superblocks
The city with the highest car density is transforming into a green pearl along the mediterrean sea. Since the 80´s we have seen a huge transformation of this once ugly, highly polluted, industrial harbour city into a genuine urban oases of livability and quality of life.
Paris redefining the Champs Elysees
An historical location known for its traffic chaos in Paris is now being redesigned to host art, nature, recreation and health. The introduction is in French but it shows the steps that the mega city is taking to make it a livable and dynamic environment. Not quite a sustainocracy yet but a few steps closer.
City Micro Farming
Increasingly food is being produced in the cities, close to and involving the consuming people. Our own FRE2SH program is inspiring people accross the world to initiate such processes.
7 principes for building cities (Peter Calthorpe)
We at Sustainocracy tend to agree with many the views of Peter Calthorpe on city design. The only difference is that we place them specifically into a human values centered context. We introduce the participation society around our five core natural human values as a shared responsibility. This makes a city more than a set of infrastructures. It brings a city alive with an identity, authenticity and interactive citizenship, 4 x WIN entrepreneurship and facilitating governance. The city becomes a self sustaining eco-system that has a rich and dynamic inner life and a symbiotic relationship with its surroundings.
The words that trigger city development now are “participation”, “shared responsibilities” and our “core natural values”, such as health and safety, with a much broader meaning of each of these two words then what we were used to. Developing our basic needs in community based districts is key and only briefly mentioned in this video. But still the video is a good basis that can be enhanced with Sustainocratic tables and development clusters.