We have evolved into a race that expects immediacy as part of our everyday lives. However, immediacy is not synonymous with urgency.
When is late too late? How do we define what a future emergency feels like today…..so that we don’t lose our urgency.
In fact, whether tweeting, or posting a picture on facebook, too few of us, feel an urgency to change, especially indefinitely, in order to create lasting change for climate control.
So what is it that is so elusive to move us to act, with intention, to create lasting change a possibility to create a positive impact on global warming?
Large scale change either has to come from within, or it has to be imposed.
When inspired or passionate, we create through innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and vision.
When changing through policy and policing, much resistance is encountered from individuals opposing change, as well as outmoded policy prior to our present climate conditions. A danger is posed, that creating change through policy alone, can lead to significant delays due to our inability to navigate successfully through complex, opposing needs. Policy makers are divided as to how to effect regulation, which hampers swift change to help prevent further global warming.
Hence to change large complex systems, a combination of human innovation and federal/state policy, is needed. Environmental stewardship, through strong leadership, entrepreneurial vision and economic policies, all have a vital role to play.
How then do we create urgency?
Urgency is palpable, yet difficult to contain past the present moment.
In medical emergencies, our ability to measure the extent of a catastrophic event is possible through special investigations, data and statistics regarding comparable events. Data then allows us to draw conclusions and very clearly predict outcomes.
Within our unique position as inhabitants of our planet. We have no available data previous data and are hence left with needing to accurately model our outcome.
The complexity of our planet’s interrelated co2 producing origins is also constantly evolving through our drive to build economies, as the world population expands.
We have to create trust, transparency and collaboration within culturally diverse, and economically opposing values, to successfully work on a global scale to create solutions to a common challenge.
Change will be required from individuals all the way through to groups of international “think tanks”.
Starting with individual acts to reduce ones carbon footprint, requires our will to do so, as well as the ability to create new habits.
“Change your habits Change your life“, The book written by Tom Corley, recounts his research that changed “ordinary people into self made millionaires“. This example as well as “Think yourself thin” by Debbie Johnson, illustrating how the “visualization technique without diet or exercise” will allow you to think yourself ‘thin’, both point to why people fail. These books are not helpful enough as if they were, 100% of individuals reading these books would be either millionaires or thin!
The understanding of complex systems as well as how to effect change at effective leverage points, is outlined by Donella Meadows, groundbreaking research. It is inspiring to consider that leverage points “ within a complex system (a corporation, an economy, a living body, a city, an ecosystem) are points where a small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything.”
The solutions already exist.
However, we as a human race, are divided on whether and on how to act.
Our challenges are stratified but lie within our control. So, how do we move people to adopt worldwide change?
I would like to image that utilizing our technological advances can bring change to our homes and our will:
Great success can be achieved with small steps, in the right direction.
Imagine the snowball effect of even a simple step as outlined here:
I would like to imagine that for 6 hours on a Sunday, everyone in a neighborhood could join forces not to use their cars and only use public transport.
If this were able to be adopted by the whole city and then by a State and within a few short months, the entire USA, the impact would extremely interesting to measure.
Steps like these draw people together, in uniting them in a shared common goal. The “herd” behavior also encourages everyone to take part in this small change. in addition, the behavior, creates a new habit and promotes a sense of community.
The need of us for this one action is simple: restraint for 6 hours, on 1 day of the week.
When we measure our successes and create visual images of heroic efforts to bring back the resources to our planet, we could use inspiration to bring people, countries and a world together. There is no reason this should not be possible.