8 Emerging Lessons: From the Pandemic to Climate Action

This article by Otto Scharmer has garnered lots of attention on Medium regarding how we can start thinking about the future based on some lessons evolving from the current pandemic.

A recurring theme or elements of that theme include:

  • Your behavior changes the system.
  • Data-based citizen awareness and collective action can be as effective as timely government leadership/response.
  • We have real choices to make (and they have long-term consequences that no one is likely to bail us out of).
  • Tactics of Denial, Blaming Others, Destroying, and Desensing, are not capable of providing solutions to the real problems we have. Those tactics have only wasted valuable time and money in creating real long-term solutions.
  • The conversation we need to have now: Reimagining our Civilization.
  • We are the change that we want the future to look like.

Sharmer writes [bold added], “Where the danger is, the saving power also grows. It’s something I have experienced on several occasions. But it only works collectively if we slow down, pause, and take off our blindfolds to attend to the now. What actually emerges from the now? We may see the beginnings of a new wave of hyper-localizing our economies, of supporting small farmers and producers who may be more resilient to supply chain disruptions. We may see the beginnings of a more intentional economy, one that — similar to CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) — is based on aligning economic activities around a shared intention for the future, namely, co-creating an ecosystem-centric agriculture, as opposed to extending the past based on ego-driven transactions.”

There is a lot of good material for discussion here that relates to the development of Nature Towns communities. Join us in one of our upcoming webinars to discuss this material and how we can act collectively to ensure better futures for ourselves. How can this material improve the “Regenerative Lifestyle“? As Paul Hawken has put it, “… No one is coming to help. There is not a brain trust that’s going to figure it out, work out the problems while we ponder and wait. The most complex, radical climate technology on Earth, is the human heart and mind…”

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