The Red Flag
For years the red flag has been the symbol of warning and distress. Because of global environmental collapse brought on by humanities exploitation of Earth’s resources without regard of the consequences. Our children’s, children’s, children face a dark bleak future we would not consciously bequest to them. The goal of the Red Flag Project is to awaken the community. To the make us conscious of the results of our choices, actions and inactions and their impact on that future we are fast colliding with. To bring about a transformation in the basic structure of our communities. To honor our place in the Community of life as conscious beings capable of choosing a bright future and acting on those choices.
Suppose we were on a spaceship circling the Sun. Life Support reports that the buildup of co2 is approaching critical. An essential system in the ship was out of balance and emitting the poison. In this situation every member of the crew would be on alert and working to restore the balance and protect all their lives. We do live on a spaceship, our Earth spinning round the Sun. We are the system that is out of balance.
Earth is a complex life support system for a global Community of Life that has been named Gaia by James Lovelock. In his book Gaia’s Revenge, Lovelock predicts dire consequences for the Community of Life if the carbon dioxide concentration reaches 500 parts per million. Were over 390ppm and increasing at over 2.5ppm each year. Incredibly the growth curve of co2 increase is expected to go all the way to 700ppm. I won’t list all the consequences of this headlong race to self destruct so check this link
At 500 ppm we will see a 5 -6 deg temperature rise. The Earth will not be as we know it. At 700ppm Lovelock predicts only 650,000 human remaining on Earth. We must not allow the temperature rise to reach 6 deg. We must stabilize at 4 deg.
Our leaders are afraid to give you this message. The leadership must come from We the People. For the sake of our great, great grandchildren we must live in an economic world like that of our great grandparents. Simplicity, frugality, waist not want not, reuse, Main Street, a Local Living Economy. But it will take more than that; we must re-design and rebuild our communities. There’s plenty of work for all.
We must decarbonizes our electric plants. We will have a negative Gross Domestic Production(GDP) rate of -4%. We must live at a sustainable level. Since GDP is based on Phantom Wall Street Wealth, we need to measure the Externalities that economists dismiss. The Real Wealth of Humanity. Clean air and water, healthy happy children, families and communities. Our wealth they have taken from us. We need to live in peace and cooperation like we are on a spaceship. We must restore the balance in the Community of Life we are a part of.
Homes, businesses, factories, all buildings will have to be made energy neutral and preferably energy producers. Public transportation, bicycles and walking will have to be the norm. Food will have to be produced locally and sustainably. We need to grow Food Not LAWNS. We can do this! If we don’t we will have a Mad Max world.
Main Street must lead the way. On one end of Wall Street hucksters ply their shell games of Phantom Wealth, Get Rich Quick Schemes, 401k Sucker Bets and endless bubbles. And on the other end the 3 card Monty Pyramid Ponzi Bankers whine for socialized bailouts and freedom to screw the Market. We have to take back our future. Turn your back on Mammon and those who worship his golden temptations. It’s time to Localize. Time to build the Local Living Economy. Time to Transition to a sustainable future for Life on Spaceship Earth.
Here are 31 things you can do Now to start the Transition to a Sustainable Earth: http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?id=3501&utm_source=may09&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=N4_31Ways
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