PLAN B FOR PLANET B
Planet Centred Forum, as an ecocentric network and thinking hub, has always aimed to make planet centred conversations deeper, wider and longer-term than in most ‘green’ networks and campaigning networks.
As regular followers of our bulletins, seminars and publications will know we have constantly aimed to point to the values that underlie different approaches to the world rather than responding to the physical behaviours, real time activities and clashes that arise from these conflicting value systems.
Further we have at times challenged the assumptions of both environmental and ecocentric movements. In particular their use of the words ‘ought’ and ‘must’.
This is very relevant today.
As possible tipping points in both the ecosystem and our interlocking economic, social and psychological structures loom into view, the common response is that ‘we’ must change course, turn the ship around, ‘before it is too late’. Call this Plan A.
Some pessimists/realists are already declaring that it is too late – yet without any strategy other than resignation.
Certainly these transition points will catapult organic life on Earth (including some surviving humans) into a very different world. In that world the values conflict will likely be between some attempts to recover and nurture surviving biosphere, surviving human clusters, around values of humility before and partnership with nature … and a ‘last man standing’ struggle to control any residual ‘assets’ (as they would see them) in that depleted world.
Even if most of us today are unlikely to survive as individuals into those times, the work that we do now to develop and strengthen humble and co-operative values will have some influence on the mix of attitudes among survivors.
In addition there are wisdoms even now being developed that are anticipating the possible conditions likely to be encountered. To give just one example, the experiments with ‘Pleistocene’ perennial grasses and pulses by The Land Institute in Kansas. https://landinstitute.org
The Earth Policy Institute, which closed in 2015, argued strongly for a Plan B: “rescuing a planet under stress and a civilisation in trouble”.
It was, as the sub-title implies, about alternative strategies for preventing planetary breakdown, not for attending to possible post-transition worlds. In other words the EPI was totally committed to Plan A.
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