Feels like hardly anyone else cares? Governments doing too little, too late? How can you find your way forward again when caring about sustainability feels too hard?
Anxiety, anger, despair are all sane responses to the state of the world and to a society that seems insanely set on its own destruction.
Can we accept these feelings as proof of our sanity and our humanity?
And then draw power from them, for our own sakes, and for the sake of others?
We know the old system is failing, we yearn for a flourishing future system.
We’re aware of some the experiments and solutions.
But will they be big enough, soon enough, for the transition we need?
The transformation requires changes in relationships, cultures and structures at all levels across civil society, businesses, governments to develop, spread and reach a social tipping point.
For example – the food we eat:
- Multinationals reducing emissions in supply chains through agricultural practices and technologies.
- Restaurants, caterers and local projects sourcing and celebrating sustainable food.
- Our changing relationship with food, recognising the plight of workers and the welfare of animals.
There are three central myths in our culture:
The three myths are root causes of the climate and nature crises.
There are three realities we need to reclaim:
Enduring solutions will be grounded in these three realities.
Our task as change makers is to develop, nurture and promote islands of reality allowing relationships, cultures and structures rooted in reality to spread, connect and create the social tipping points the world needs…
Islands of reality not only offer hope through example, they also create spaces where we can experience and be restored by the best in human nature, strengthening our courage and commitment.
There are three kinds of change maker:
- Innovator: Comes up with new ideas. Leading edge researcher, thinker, or inventor.
- Connector: “Idea broker” for the Innovator. The innovation marketer and communicator.
- Transformer: Early adopter in the mainstream. Wants to promote positive change.
Which kind of change maker are you? Or could you be? Or may be you’re an ally to change makers?
Most people resist change. Especially if it’s thrust upon them. How will society make the transition? How will we cross the chasm from the failing system to the future system?
Change makers are by definition motivated to adopt more sustainable behaviours and “cross the chasm”.
But sustainability isn’t front of mind for the mainstream majority. Change makers make it easier for them to cross the chasm.
For any change to be adopted, it must pass the heart, head and hand test. From the point of view of the person being encouraged to adopt the change:
- Emotionally it must feel right.
- Rationally it must make sense.
- Practically it must be do-able.
Sustainable changes aren’t just about the general public adopting new behaviours like reducing meat consumption or flying less. They also include political leaders adopting better policies; business leaders making better decisions; and professionals and managers championing sustainability.
The role of change makers is to make it increasingly easy for people, early adopters and then the mainstream, to adopt sustainable changes.
Whether a change passes the heart, head, hand test depends on people’s relationships, cultures and structures. So change makers find solutions to work around relationships, structures and cultures that hinder sustainable change, and evolve, develop and promote those that help.
The craft of change making is a sane response to eco-anxiety.
Find out more at the Change Makers Workshop.