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.

 

 

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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

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:

  1. To promote the benefits of sustainable, localised food production.
  2. To promote the benefits of reduced food waste.
  3. 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.
  4. To promote wildlife conservation and restoration projects and encourage local residents to participate in these projects.
  5. 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).

Email: growsopwell@gmail.com