( Seven-minute read)
A conversation has to start somewhere so let’s start by imagining that we are looking out of the window of the International space station at Earth.
We can see that it is enormous but have no real sense of its size in relation to the Universe.
We know that it is covered in living organisms but can see no evidence of life.
We know it is spinning and traveling at speed but have no sense of movement or gravitational balance.
We see that it is round with colors, blue-white, yellow, and green.
It conveys a sense of wonder. Earth is our home planet.
It’s a little bit heartbreaking that we are looking at it through defunct human-made objects that contain toxic and hazardous materials.
IT IS SAID TO UNDERSTAND WHERE WE ARE YOU HAVE TO LOOK INTO THE PAST AND LEAR FROM THE MISTAKES MADE.
THE ONE GLARING MISTAKE IS THE CONTINUING DISCONNECTION BETWEEN NATURE AND HUMANITY IT HAS CREATED A WORLD WHERE BOTH ARE STRUGGLING TO EXIST.
So lets with a broad brush look at the present position.
Before we arrived nature governed, then along came the farmer, nature was harnessed to serve ownership, power, wealth, for the few, leading to greed, wars, inequality, racism, countries, and politics you name it, with one little industrialized country wanting it all at any cost.
So we formed the United Nations to sort it all out.
So we ended up with a world of short term thinking, with long term prospects getting worse. After decades of verbal an invisible virus has brought us to an impasse either continue inflicting suffering, or change course to a sustainable world.
Unfortunately, sustainability is misunderstood as it can only come if the world act as one. The likely hood of that happing is zero.
You only have to look at the differences in the ambition of countries with no vaccine on the horizon, to reopen their economies which are all heading into the biggest economic shock since the Great Depression.
So to avoid influences like panic and fear over the imperfections in our socio-economic realities we must first get a grip on Media platforms to tell the truth as their factuality paralyzes decision-makers.
There will be no quick solutions as here is going to be financial uncertainty for months if not years.
Governments up to now have and are spending billions to stave off the inevitable which is millions unemployed, and businesses small and large going bust.
With stimulus packages drying up, things will get worse before they can get better.
Obviously, we can’t simply re-open things all at once, or you’ll be sending off all us out to re-expose themselves to the threat and the likelihood of the second wave of COVID-19, and this might happen sooner than later with countries lifting restrictions both on movement and opening businesses.
Downplaying the severity of COVID-19 does nothing to help the problem, which is a very real threat to the health and safety of us all. Governments should not let economics become the prime driver, especially if it means risking people’s health and lives, which are far more important than their livelihoods.
We need to save people’s lives to keep the economy running. If economics remains our focus, everything will die.
We need a detailed plan.
Not something that’s hinted at. Not “as soon as we can.” Not “we have a good idea.”
WE NEED CREATIVITY. NOT DIGITAL SLAVERY.
What is the plan?
The European Union has laid out a vision for a green future with a financial package to promote it.
The USA Donald Dump is slashing environmental protections.
While China can’t wait to return to Manufacturing.
All aware of the fact that about half the world’s poor reside in fragile and conflict-affected situations today. If current trends continue, by 2030, areas that are fragile/hit by conflict will account for just 10% of the global population but as many as two-thirds of the world’s poor…where COVID -19 has only just started to spread.
All aware of the fact that climate change is ticking time bomb. Fiercer weather and worsening wildfires drove more than 20 million people a year from their homes over the last decade. (The next climate change world meeting is postponed until 2021 with little time left to avert climate catastrophes, with the whole question now not urgent with countries reverting to domestic problems, reducing international cooperation. Greenhouse gasses emissions will increase as they pivot back to burning fossil fuels.)
All aware that global emissions need to fall by 7.6% every year until 2030 to limit global temperature rises to 1.5° C.
All aware that pollution continues unabated. In 2016, 44.7 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated. This is equivalent to almost 4,500 Eiffel Towers!
All aware that more than 470 million people worldwide are currently unemployed or underemployed.
All aware that the world resources such as – freshwater, fresh air are finite.
All aware that 212.4 million suffering from diabetes worldwide unaware of their condition.
All aware that the digital age is widening inequalities.
All aware that the next pandemic is only around the corner.
All aware that current conflicts/wars are a combination of a lack of resources fueled by the connectivity of the internet.
All aware that rising sea levels will result in mass immigration.
All aware that almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population. 65 times the total wealth of the bottom half of the world’s population.
All aware that this is the only planet humans can live on.
All aware of the need for social safety net programs.
All aware that I am all right jack does not work.
Its no wonder we want to go to where the sun does not shine but watch out for the tracking APP>
In the end, the only way to effect change that has to be invisible is the creation of a World AId Fund. (See previous Posts)
All human comments appreciated. All like clicks and abuse chucked in the bin.