It’s the End of the World as We know It…and I Feel Fine

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
~ Jane Goodall

OS Social Permaculture - Sharing Farm, Richmond, BC
OS Social Permaculture – Sharing Farm, Richmond, BC

We had 58 people attending the OS Social Permaculture day yesterday at the Sharing Farms in Richmond, BC.

It was inspiring and empowering to see, hear and “be” among these amazing human beings who do not give up, even when most of them are well aware of the predicaments we are facing.

We had a wonderful introduction run by Delvin and Kym and the sun started to (literally) shine after four days of rain…then I presented an intro to my “Design for Disasters” workshop (it is, actually, about Emergency Preparedness at household and community level through DM plans) and after a great “Permie” potluck, Bruno introduced us to the Yin-Yang theory for currencies and we closed sharing great ideas and becoming wealthier by the connections and learning we got from each other.

Yesterday, an eco-therapist published a nice little article titled: 7 Things You Can Do to Stay Sane as the World Self-Destructs and I smiled: with the exception of #4 (take a media vacation), I have done/still do all the others…it seems to start becoming “mainstream” that Permaculture, along with from-the-heart activism and meditation are a great combination for those who suffer in silence for this world.

With the world showing more and more signs that things are worsening in many fronts (social, financial, political, and environmental). And as this editorial wisely says (thanks K. For sharing this with us at the forum), we need to wake up, face it with courage and stop trying to “fix” it as if the transition was about keeping our lifestyles as they are (just “green”)

BAU (business as usual) is no longer a “sustainable” option: is criminal and suicidal for humans and ecosystems alike. If we are to survive, we need to accept two things: 1) the world “as we knew it” is ending (and has been ending or was never born for millions of peoples all over the world) and 2) we need to start dreaming (and building) the world we want…

Yesterday, I had a small taste of that world…

It’s the end of the world as we know it
It’s the end of the world as we know it
It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine

~ R.E.M.

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