Hello Fellow Coloradans,
I grew up in Boulder and I feel acutely passionate about environmental issues. This is my beautiful home, and the people here have always inspired me. I have recently begun an internship with Pachamama, and I am working to create positive shifts in local culture to climate change. Cultures are comprised of all the ways we choose to structure our lives and interact with the world around us. When we shift our environment, we change our culture.
I want to know your thoughts!
- How can the dip in CO2 emissions be made permanent through the responses linked to COVID-19? [ex. asset buyback programs focused on retiring coal plants?]
- How can we enjoy and feel satisfied with a low-carbon/ less resource-intensive lifestyle? [ex. marketing sector selling to the public that LESS IS MORE through life goal advertisements/campaigns]
- Imagine the world post COVID-19: how can you restructure your life schedule to include the insights learned from this pandemic? [ex. taking time to notice the stars]
- What are the permanent positive changes to a destructive lifestyle (capitalism run amok, income inequality, unjust social structure etc.) which the pandemic interrupted? [ex. signaling investors to realign portfolios with companies that support climate advocacy]
- What are the barriers to change in your life? [ex. financial life tied to big banks that invest in oil pipeline construction]
“We’ve seen that governments can act, and people can change their behavior, in a very short amount of time,” says May Boeve, executive director of the climate advocacy group 350.org. “And that’s exactly what the climate movement has been asking governments and people to do for years in the face of a different kind of threat—the climate crisis—and we don’t see commensurate action. On the one hand, it shows that it’s possible to do this, and it’s possible for this kind of mobilization of resources to take place in a short amount of time. In that sense, that’s encouraging. But we were never in doubt of that aspect.” Instead, she says, it was a question of whether there was political will for rapid change.
The time for "beginning to think about starting to consider the possibility of maybe changing our society and culture" is WAY PAST DUE.
We need to ACTIVELY BRAINSTORM and ACT.
Some of our lives have stopped or slowed down, but our hope and imagination can FAST TRACK our communal resilience towards invigorating, supportive passion.