ACT project involves citizens in meeting needs and addressing sustainability issues that affect their local ecosystem. With the help of citizens and various stakeholders, Earth5R team develops new localises solutions that scale the impact to a global level in a replicable model, while implementing UN Sustainable development Goals.
“We are facing not just a climate crisis, an oil crisis, a food crisis, and a population crisis – we are facing a systemic crisis that is due to unsustainable lifestyles.” -Kaj Hansen, Hjortshoj ecovillage, Denmark.
There are certain issues we must take into account:
- A society must evolve the high level of participatory democracy. We must discuss, debate and decide our own local affairs and move towards a self-reliant community.
- The ordinary citizen must be aware of the requirements of the community and the land. We need to learn how to take responsibility for our own situation and local affairs. Under this, we also need to ensure that no one is unemployed, poor or lonely.
- The community should be based on cohesion and consciousness. We must live more simply so others can simply live. We must develop a lifestyle that is frugal. At present richest one-fifth of the world population is consuming four fifths of the world’s resource production. As a result, billions of people are so seriously deprived of necessities that ONE CHILD DIES EVERY THREE SECONDS out of poverty.
- Sustainability and justice on a global scale cannot be achieved unless we build very different economies, political systems and cultures.
- The environmental problem is due to the fact that far too much producing and consuming is going on. We are taking too many resources form nature and dumping too much waste in nature. It can’t be solved in an economy that is geared towards providing ever-rising production, consumption, living standards and GDP. Third world poverty and underdevelopment is inevitable if a few living in a rich country insist on taking far more of the world resources that is THEIR SHARE.
- Conflict and war are inevitable if all aspire to rich world’s rate of consumption and if rich countries insist on never-ending growth on a planet with limited resources. One-third of worlds grain is fed to animals in rich countries while tens of thousands of children die every day because they have insufficient food and clean water.
- Needs, rights, justice and the environment and the future generations cannot be possible be attended if we allow what happens to be determined by market forces because market attends only to those who can pay most. High level of self-sufficiency within households communities towns and nation with relatively little travel, transport and trade.
- Small local circular economies in which most of the things we need are produced locally is the key. Low GDP. The formula for economic growth must change and we need to come up with a new formula that is based on local needs and supplies. The current formula for the economic growth is centralized and we need to come up with a formula that is decentralised.
- Rather than individualism, it has to be collectivism All of the world’s problems can be solved in the garden. The greatest challenge is in changing the growth paradigm away from Civilisation 1.0 – fossil-fuelled industrial globalisation to Civilisation 2.0 – Glocalization- A steady state economy.
- We are facing not just a climate crisis, an oil crisis, a food crisis, and a population crisis – we are facing a systemic crisis that is due to unsustainable lifestyles. We need to reassess the way we live and work. We need to reassess whether ever-increasing growth and consumption is desirable, or even possible. We need to address all these problems in a holistic manner. If we are to avoid destructive climate changes, then our total greenhouse gas emissions (not just CO2 emissions) must be reduced to between 1 and 2 tons per person per year by 2050
- Companies have money to spend, access to markets, sophisticated technology, and a large pool of talented people with management expertise and experience.
- The government has the power and budget for social development.
- Citizens have the willingness and need for development.
- The non-profit organisations have a presence at the grassroots level and they can leverage their position to build community-level action.