What Can One Person Do?
30 Days of Climate Action and Inspiration
When did we stop imagining a better future for our children?
When I was five years old, my dad took me to Disneyland for the first time. There I experienced Tomorrowland - "The City of the Future."
They promised, and I truly believed, that technology would make everything even better.
Fast forward fifty-five years... Today we have technology in the palm of our hand that even Walt Disney's imagineers never imagined. With a television studio and a powerful computer in our pocket, we are connected with one another around the globe. You would think that we have indeed created a technological future that we imagined a half-century ago.
But we aren't living in Utopia.
Somewhere along the way, we drifted off the rails. Only a handful of people are allowed in the gated community of Utopia and everyone else is left in the dystopian futures of the Matrix. Or Mad Max. Or Idiocracy.
Why are our latest imaginings so uninspired? What ever happened to Tomorrowland? When did we stop imagining a better future for our children?
Despite the difficulties humans and our planet face together, we do have a choice. We can choose possibility. We can choose to re-imagine a positive future for ourselves, one where humans live in right relationship with the living systems and with each other.
Yes, we can choose to believe in and create possibility.
The only caveat-- this will involve connecting with others--ideally in real life.
TODAY'S ACTION - COMMIT TO CONNECTION.
Commit to connecting with others. I know that you may find this to be a difficult action, because we often tend to isolate, and technology allows us to lurk behind the scenes at times. So I am offering you a baby step!
Reach out to others who are working on Climate in your own community and find out when they are next planning to meet. In my community, this is led by a member of the local Sierra Club who formed a Climate Action group. In the Bay Area it might be Climate Action - Bay Area.
Bonus Points: if you are brave, consider attending their gathering.
That's it for today.
Exercise those connection muscles a little bit by reaching out to future participants in this 30 Day Activation... post a comment on this thread with your answer to this question: What makes your heart sing? Let's celebrate good things!
Denise Rushing is an author, blogger, and environmental designer She is passionate about human-scale solutions to global challenges and creating a more beautiful future.