Actualizing the “greening of society” vision, the emergence of a new culture
Let’s use the first Earth Day in 1970 as the cultural inflection point. To all my friends who say, “We’re facing imminent demise, end of nature, ecocide, things must turn around soon, during the next decade” (or two, or three) . . . Well, a sense of the timeframe involved is indicated by the number of steps in the new direction that have been taken since 1970.
Fifty years. Tiny steps. The steps are extremely significant, but they are small. We’re talking about transforming a culture gone haywire over a period of millennia.
They have the right kind of aspiration: “To create a small town or village made up of individuals and communities of various sizes and social structures, which enables and encourages its members to live sustainably. And to encourage this community to grow toward having the size and recognition necessary to have an influence on the global community by example, education, and research.”
This is, of course, not the only way the new culture will manifest, but tangible modeling of alternative lifeways is key.