What Can You Do?
Join Us in Making a Difference
- Join informal meetings to connect with other HEART members
- Help engage with local government and community organisations
- Help with research, administration, communications, facilitating meetings
We have listed some ideas and suggestions here 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.
Just Have Another Think from 28 July 2021
An excellent summary of all the things that are worth doing.
As a consumer, can you really make a difference?
Write to your MP
- 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
- 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/
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Curiosity and compassion for differing views and opinions
- Meditation, Prayer, Circling
Local Community Projects
GROW COMMUNITY SOPWELL
‘Grow Community – Sopwell’ is a local group of volunteers in Sopwell ward, St Albans, working for the benefit of Sopwell residents.
The group aims:
- To promote the benefits of sustainable, localised food production.
- To promote the benefits of reduced food waste.
- To encourage and enable local residents to: grow their own food at home and in community spaces; reduce food waste; share surplus food in the community and with local charity groups.
- To promote wildlife conservation and restoration projects and encourage local residents to participate in these projects.
- To connect ongoing initiatives and bring the community together through activities related to the above aims (e.g. growing and preserving food, building infrastructure, competitions, providing food for local events, wildlife events).