Woke up this morning thinking what can we do to really have a chance of continuing life on this planet in the face of global warming. And my mind went to a week-long mandatory class that every man, woman and child would be required to take, perhaps on a yearly basis. I seem to remember there is some historical precedent for this, and perhaps it was not a positive one(s) - Chinese re-educating the masses or Pol Pot, or Hitler, but perhaps it's time to change the paradigm and or, change the title - instead of re-education call it, saving our asses. Anyway,
Day 1 - global warming, what's it about and that the threat is real. Outline of the week. The various causes of global warming, population growth - what we can do to reduce our numbers - smaller families good, sex education good, easier access to contraception, why we just got rid of abstinence only education in schools and replaced it with medically-accurate comprehensive sex education. Population connection with species loss - pollution, increase in carbon emissions, need for more energy production.
Day 2 - growing our own food and taking good care of ourselves. How to eat as healthily as possible so that our lives go well. Eating organic. Eating more vegetables, and why that's important. A section on exercise. A section on diet - moving past junk foods, getting off wheat, sugar and dairy, soy - and how changing your diet can lead to having more energy. How making these changes is also going to mean changing how the US Food system works - getting ourselves off of corn - learning how US subsidies of corn, soybeans and wheat have affected what we're being served. Why buying locally makes sense. Info about transportation costs. How to class on - growing your own food - how and where to plant what fruit trees. This could be a week on its own, obviously. Purchasing lessons, cooking lessons, canning and preserving lessons.
Day 3 - Getting out of consumption mode. What is capitalism? Does it still serve us or does it drive us towards behavior that increases global warming. Alternative ways of living - living with what you need, recycling, REDUCING, the concept of Buy Nothing Day - where it came about. Something on how we are addicted to stuff and how much better would be for ourselves and our planet if we could change that cycle. Freecycle. Learning how to share resources. There will need to be a class or a movement on corporate responsibility - corporate change - I don't see the country really moving forward to combat global warming without a huge shift in what our largest businesses do/practice. Perhaps there is a special week for CEOs....
Day 4 - how to get places without using a car. This may be forced on us before we know it, but if not, learning how to use the bus, mass transit, MAX, whatever systems to get around. Bicycle riding classes, repair of bicycles. Learning the ins and outs of hitchhiking - taking vacations at home. How to move yourself from one place to another creatively.
Day 5 - Personal Growth/Societal change - how about a class on living abundantly? People skills - how to live and play well with others. How to grow community. Do people who have a strong community need as much stuff, probably not. How to take care of yourself, emotionally. How to build yourself into a strong leader. How to overcome childhood issues, how to have a great romantic relationship, how to heal and how to thrive.
Bonus Day: how to pass this information on to others - teaching teachers. A class for those who'd like to lead in this work.
It's my sense that our government is not going to take the lead on righting things. The US has 4% of the world's population yet uses 25% of the resources and produces 25% of the CO2. That's just a good way to get ourselves ostracized by the rest of the world, or bombed to pieces at some point. For those that wish for a different future, I'm thinking a weeklong re-education campaign might be a great start. Yes, this list needs to some fine-tuning, and I'm open to suggestion and collaboration.
Btw, to those who still haven't heard, I decided a while back not to run for the State Rep. position in HD 42.