Hope and Strategies

for the coming decade

If, like me, the news about our changing climate and the urgency for action leaves you stuck, wondering what you should do, here is, perhaps, a remedy .... some strategies for getting engaged in the work of repairing the damage we have done to the earth .... and lots of wonderful, inspiring stories of thousands of people around the world who are doing just that.   I would love to hear about others.  Let's create together an inspiring, educational resource of strategies.


Strategies for the Coming Decade

Here are ideas, success stories, and challenges to inspire your engagement.

…Most of the damage caused to the environment…is caused unintentionally, it is just from all of us blundering along not questioning what we do.

Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia

Pick one issue to influence and join an organization that can keep you informed of opportunities to add your voice to the conversation.  

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution."  Albert Einstein

We have been hearing the same old stories for too long. They don't inspire us. But a story that claims the possibility of an abundant earth with enough for everyone to share is one that is possible.  People are demonstrating it all over the world.

Do It In Your Own Backyard

Our greatest influence is with our friends and neighbors - in our own backyard.  Begin there.  Clean up a riverfront, plant a food forest, join a co-op. Make a difference in your own community.  People around the world are doing the same.

Engage Community

It takes a village is not just a truism.  When the community is actively engaged in transforming something it is quite amazing what can be accomplished.  Here are a few examples.

Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

When you invest in the entrepreneurs in your own community you become an active participant in designing the future.  It is a different experience from owning stock in some faceless company.

Support Ecosystem Restoration

In the last 150 years human being have made a profound impact on the planet.  Together we can repair the damage we have done and restore functioning ecosystems.  There are hundreds of examples.  Here are just a few.

Keep Your Heart Open

It is hard to stay engaged when every day there are more heart rending stories of loss.  The future can seem terrifying.  How do we keep from shutting down, becoming numb or depressed?

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Strategy # 1 - Buy Patagonia (or "live an examined life")

Updated: Mar 2, 2019

Patagonia sportswear and the story of organic cotton.

"Most of the damage caused to the environment, to nature, is caused unintentionally. It is us just blundering along not questioning what we do. In the clothing business this means asking a lot of questions." Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia

When they asked the question about the impact of the materials they use on the environment, they discovered that cotton is the most damaging fiber used in their processing. Because of the way it is grown. That lead them on a 2-year journey to switch from conventional cotton to organic cotton. It is a great story and you can listen to him tell it here (start at minute 37 for the cotton story). And of course, there is always more to the story.

As Chouinard says, "more knowledge gives us more choices". If we understand how what we do impacts the environment, we have a lot more options for what we do.

In the last year, the company has decided "Patagonia is in business to save our home planet". What if each of us of examined our habits with an intention to care for the planet?

What if we started with single-use plastic? Here is a lovely 20 minute film about what happened when the residents of Lopez Island did that and then started a movement for a "Plastics Free Salish Sea". They started waking people up to the downstream effects of single-use plastic and creating fun and simple alternatives.

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