Episode 0520 of the Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast, is a co-production of Simple Living Works! and The Common Good Podcast (OneEarth Jubilee Economics).
CoronaVirus is reshaping life and society, moving in the direction of ecological living. We acknowledge the intense resistance to that move as many powers want to get back to normal.
But that normal is an illusion of unlimited growth on a planet with great, but limited, resources. The illusion elevated the lives of many in the 20th century. It worked so well for many in the U.S. and elsewhere that we’ve come to think of it as the way things are meant to be. But in the 21st century, it’s failing life on the planet. It has given us the Great Recession of 2008-09. It insists on growth economics that is piling up one natural disaster after another. And it has unleashed a global pandemic that the much heralded market economy did not prepare for. Indeed, it could not prepare for it because profits and power blinded wisdom.
It’s nothing we want to go back to. Many people are hearing quite clearly the call of the Creator and all of creation to join her in generating new societies that respect science, integrate spirit, and embrace the economy able to shape life in this decade. The industrialized world has fought against her for far too many decades. As we listen deeply to Earth and her Spirit, let’s frame what we learn around a global worldview and act locally with what we learn to generate local, living communities.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for International Mother Earth Day, 4/22/20 — six climate-related actions to shape the recovery and the work ahead.
Pandemic side-effects offer glimpse of alternative future on Earth Day 2020: Coronavirus has led to reduced pollution, re-emerging wildlife and plunging oil prices and shown the size of the task facing humanity — by Oliver Milman from The Guardian
COVID-19: Crisis and Call to Humanity for a Better Way Forward
By T. Larsen in Green America, 4/16/20
- Move to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030
- Shift to regenerative agriculture.
- Create a pathway to free public college education and address crushing student loan debt and medical debts.
- Shape a story of America that is finally being honest about “the all” words in “liberty and justice for all.”
Richard Heinberg – Transition Towns: a great unraveling is underway. Transition towns are visionary and focus in community instead of corporations. A sane way as globalization unravels–from MuseLetter 326, 4/20
Episode 109: Richard Heinberg on Choosing to Get Off Fossil Energy—Our Best Local Choices