New year, new direction
The key word for 2013 is “sustainability”.
On the eve of a new year many bloggers review and make changes to their blogs to reflect their new goals or situation.
Having started blogging on WordPress in late 2011, the year 2012 was my first full blogging year here. Starting 2012 with ten followers I have become part of an awesome blogging community together with 466 followers. Most of those followers are fellow WordPress bloggers, and every follower is treasured.
During my recent month away from WordPress I attended a sustainability seminar at Essex University in Colchester which proved to be a turning point in my thinking. Hearing the inspirational Albert Low speak at that seminar enabled many pieces of a complicated jigsaw to fall into place. To think of the events and objects of the world as part of a living energy system rather than isolated units was a new way to look at the world, I did so with new eyes. The key word was sustainability.
Our environmental, political, economic and social structures are all living energy systems, and they are all in trouble. The growing pothole that exists in the road outside of my home is a small reflection of the ever-expanding disease that infects the living energy systems of the world, as we take out more energy than these systems can sustain, worse, we disrupt the ability for these systems to renew themselves. We live in an unsustainable world, with the scientific outcome being the inevitable collapse of those systems, leading to human extinction.
Address the disease rather than the symptoms
Just as the problem of a cold is not the symptoms, but the virus behind those symptoms, the human race need to deal with the cause of the problems in its energy systems, not the symptoms. We have the mentality to treat the symptoms not the virus. National debt will not be resolved by more debt, or moving debt around, radical sustainable solutions are called for. Similarly, it is better to prevent the disease through healthy sustainable activity, rather than cure that disease caused by unsustainable activity.
You are the change masters
In solving the problems of the world through sustainable attitudes and action, it starts with me and you. The political leaders, the banks, the celebrities won’t have the answers, the motivation or ability to resolve human problems. Those at the top have a stake in keeping the status quo the way it is, and much to lose if it changes. Change comes from the bottom up, starting with you and me. Those at the top are there because we put them there with our vote, by investing our money in them, by buying their products. Without our support those at the top will be nothing, and so where we go they will follow, for we are the real change masters.
You, little you amongst seven billion people are a change master, the small changes you make in how you act and think, multiplied by those like you will send ripples of change through the world. If you do nothing, the human race won’t survive. Forget about others, you have to play your part. You have to take on sustainable action and attitudes.
Time is running out
The clock is ticking. Unfortunately the human race no longer has the luxury of procrastination any longer. It is now do or die. The global energy systems are heavily infected with the disease that will bring them down, the symptoms are manifesting at a rate of quantity, speed and intensity that we can no longer address them. The only one who can save us, is no superman or “chosen one” like in the movies, it is you. If you start to be sustainable then you can make the difference.
Making a difference
I want to make a difference. I would like to use my wisdom, knowledge and creativity to bring about the sustainable changes that will reverse the collapse of our global energy systems. My blog will undergo a subtle change of direction to share ideas which the individual like you may be able to use to make a sustainable difference in your life and in the world. Of course, all the sort of content you have associated with this blog in 2012 will still be appearing, but there will be a message or idea in every post, which I hope readers will consider and adopt.
I wish all my readers and followers a sustainable, prosperous and healthy 2013.