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 #2 - Become a (Citizen) Lobbyist

In the news lately are exciting reports on how students across the globe are striking for change. Hundreds of thousands of students across Europe (and now beginning in the US) are skipping school to protest in front of government buildings - often dedicating one day a week for the protest.

Many of us have been following the work of young activist Greta Thunberg. Greta has been addressing various gatherings of world leaders and in February, standing next to Greta in Brussels, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced that “In the next financial period from 2021 to 2027, every fourth euro spent within the EU budget will go towards action to mitigate climate change,” This will amount to approximately 1 trillion euros ($1.13 trillion) over seven years.

Lobbying Congress can seem mysterious and difficult. We send our emails when the organizations we belong to request our participation but beyond that we hardly know where to begin.

The Friends Committee On National Legislation (FCNL) is a great way to get started. The FCNL has a long history of effective lobbying on issues important to the Quaker community - including criminal justice, gun violence, peace-building and environmental justice. They have both a professional lobbying team and a focus on helping citizen lobbyists. Find out how they can help you become an effective lobbyist and create an advocacy team in your area.

I'm taking up the challenge and trying to figure out how to get my Congressional Representative Susan DelBene to sponsor a bill supporting regenerative agriculture. If you want to help, or if you have ideas on who I should talk to/how I should proceed, please let me know!

In my initial research I have found a number of organizations that are promoting regenerative agriculture and ecosystem restoration. Here are just a few:

Ecosystems Restoration Camps (I'm hoping to go to their camp in Spain this summer)

Kiss the Ground - they have several fun videos

Biodiversity for a Living Climate

Soil Solutions where you can watch another movie ( 4 min) narrated by Michael Pollan

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