What Can You Do?

 

 

We have listed some ideas and suggestions below under the 4R’s of Resilience, Relinquishment, Restoration and Reconciliation/Reconnection.

Some of these ideas could be called ‘outer’ – practical things that will help us to adapt, save what we can, and soften the landing.  Or at least not make things even worse.

Other ideas could be called ‘inner’:  things that will allow you to act with courage, resilience and creativity and maintain your levels of well-being as you navigate what might be a very different way of life.

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Just Have Another Think from 28 July 2021

An excellent summary of all the things that are worth doing.

 

 

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Resilience

Outer:

  • Find your tribe – network, create relationships, get to know your neighbours now, share ideas
  • Get as fit and healthy as possible
  • Reduce debt as much as possible
  • Get feedback on your lifestyle – carbon footprint/impact assessment
  • Hyper-local access – water, food, energy, waste management
  • Growing food – veggies, fruit
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose, repair
  • Reduce food waste and compost the waste you produce
  • Reduce water consumption
  • Feeding others, eating together
  • Ownership of Local Energy
  • Community swapshops and gift economy – see for example www.buynothingproject.org
  • Learn about Doughnut Economics https://www.kateraworth.com/doughnut/ especially the important work now being done to bring this to local scale: https://doughnuteconomics.org/tools-and-stories/22 and https://goodlife.leeds.ac.uk/
  • Learn about “20 minute neighbourhoods” https://www.tcpa.org.uk/the-20-minute-neighbourhood
  • Citizens’ Assemblies at community level
  • Shelter (see tiny house initiative)
  • Hand-made life, eco-village style living
  • Changing how we educate children (so they learn the skills they’ll need in a different future)
  • Make do and Mend – including restoring old crafts
  • Art, Storytelling, Poetry, Singing, Music and Dancing

Inner:

  • Stay open to your feelings as they arise and change – don’t numb.  (could be a broader nudge rather than a specific ‘to do’ such as the consciousness raising point below which seems to speak to this)
  • Create support networks with people you trust
  • Finding and developing local people with talents, including facilitation and community-building
  • Find a spiritual practice that resonates with you.
  • Consciousness raising and re-connecting people with inner wisdom, meditation, spiritual practices, martial arts, yoga, prayer, silence, rituals, celebrations
  • Find or become elders, teachers, guides, mentors
  • Learn about Conflict Resolution and Non-Violent Communication
  • Hygge (Danish concept for a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life)
  • Explore Deep Adaptation Forum website: https://www.deepadaptation.info/
  • See also “The Edge” Retreat.  Facilitated by Kimberley Hare, this four-day free retreat designed to strengthen your resilience, wellbeing, courage and creativity in the face of our predicament.  Free to all.  https://www.heartofthriving.com/event/the-edge2/

Relinquishment

  • Out of season food
  • Flying and Unsustainable Tourism
  • Meat and Animal Products?
  • Consumerist Lifestyle – including shopping for non-essentials (esp. fashion) e.g. #idontbuyit Global Action Plan
  • Hyper-individualism 
  • Our stories about identity (e.g. my worth comes from my role, my career, my life-style, my bank account, my qualifications)
  • Instant gratification
  • Infinite economic growth
  • Petrol or Diesel Car
  • Hope (about returning to ‘business as usual’)
  • Judgement and ‘Othering’
  • Adversarial politics
  • Delegation (somebody else will sort this out)
  • Guilt, Ego and Perfectionism
  • Latest technology or upgrades
  • The idea that humans have dominion over all nature
  • Traditional educational curricula
  • Secure pension

Restoration

  • Rewilding, permaculture, regenerative agriculture
  • Repairing and repurposing
  • Seeds – food
  • Seeds of Knowledge – libraries, sharing knowledge and skills
  • Assisted migration (moving trees and plants further North through seeding)
  • Hand-made Life-style, e.g. woodworking, crafting
  • Connecting with Nature (seeing that we aren’t separate from it)
  • Walk, run, cycle
  • Locally grown food
  • Learn from indigenous cultures
  • Shared rituals and celebrations
  • Local live music
  • Community living, food growing, and eating
  • Gift economy (see www.buynothingproject.org)

Reconciliation and Reconnection

  • Build social cohesion and resilience in neighbourhoods
  • Consciousness Raising and Spiritual Development
  • Reconciling with our own death, including any regrets, anger, unresolved conflict. Making our own peace. Death Cafés.
  • Reconciliation between peoples, genders, classes, generations, countries, religions and political persuasions
  • Intergenerational dialogue
  • Making beauty
  • Gratitude
  • Curiosity and compassion for differing views and opinions
  • Meditation, Prayer, Circling