Mike Sandler takes a look at some of the assumptions about society and the process of social and political change we tend to make in Feasta, and asks who are Feasta trying to convince?
"The Green New Deal, if presented as a way of investing in energy techno-fixes, could be a misleading magic formula. If seen as a start of a dialogue about a wide ranging transformation of society including communities setting up arrangements to help each other, it could be helpful", writes Brian Davey.
"In theorising about efficiency and the management of resources with a western European mind-set, many “great thinkers” were unable to see efficiency when it was right in front of them," writes Brian Davey in Credo, "so steeped were they in a hubristic assurance of their own cultural superiority."
"We are richer when we know our neighbours – human, animal and plant…..when we know the names of the nearest trees to where we live, the most common birds locally, and where the nicest blackberries grow". Elizabeth Cullen urges us to place stronger restrictions on advertising and to take other steps to reduce our consumption.
Brian Davey argues that, while there is no point in hoping that the powerful will manage to resolve the multiple crises we're facing, we can still work on developing permacultural designs of local cultivation space and residential areas, and on ways to create soils and grow trees that absorb carbon, so that new forms of living and organising may become possible.
Mike Sandler argues that Governor Newsom can "use climate dividends to make good on California’s desire for climate leadership, while making the expenditures simpler, less politicized, and more transparent" and also addressing the concerns of disadvantaged communities.