Thinkers Think Local to Repair the World
Public health restrictions to fight COVID-19 may have stopped a retreat at the Thinkers Lodge in Pugwash, but they could not stop the urgent conversation.
Twelve virtual sessions from May 12 to June 17, 2020, were convened by the Centre for Local Prosperity (CLP), with an invited group of delegates from across the region and internationally.
The group released its report yesterday entitled Atlantic Canada: Conversations on an Uncertain Future.
It marked the fourth in a series of Thinkers Retreats which began at the world renowned lodge in 2017.
The 2020 report says, “Citizens and scientists alike are saying that humanity has missed the window for avoiding climate extremes and ecosystem decay.” The report further warns, “Our world has become an increasingly damaged habitat that threatens our civilization as we know it.”
In the press release CLP asks, “How can we grapple with—and talk about—the reality that our ecological, economic, and social systems may unravel in some frightening ways beyond our control?”
The thinkers conclude the solution will not be found in world leaders but rather in local action, in small steps not worldly leaps.
CLP’s senior advisor says, “We find ourselves living on unstable ground.” Gregory Hemming says, “It is time to give up the notion of experts and people in power leading the way. We need to follow our own noses.”
The report encourages every day people to find stability in clean air, local food, sane politics, and fair and just communities. Referring to the report from this year’s retreat discussions, Hemming says, “I encourage you to read it, roll it up, put it under your arm, carry it with you to your next community gathering and roll it out for others to share.”
The report shows how communities in our region, and globally, can best prepare and manage through potential collapse. The call is for local readiness beginning in Atlantic Canadian communities and repeated throughout the world.
The full report is available at http://centreforlocalprosperity.ca/atlantic-canada-conversations-on-an-uncertain-future/.
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