We need a social climate plan
The realities of climate change require a massive engineering project—shifting to new hardware for producing energy and food, using land and water, protecting cities and towns. But it also calls for a similarly massive social project.
To broker and translate shifts in hardware and resources into change and accountability at the ground level will require social change in how we collectively act, and cope.
The added bandwidth and proximity of mobilized local civic action- a people’s ground-game of grassroots-led implementers--has to be a key part of how we get to the breadth of those shifts needed in how we live, work, behave, and connect.
And that will rest on social ties, mutuality and trust, psychological and emotional strength and wellbeing. These deserve more attention as essential to humanely and equitably endure, cope, and adapt to these challenges, damage, and losses. It will take nurturant, re-generative societies to secure a nurturant, re-generative planet.
Our environmental crises demand these social and emotional transitions at the scale of billions, and that needs its own plan.
The social climate—the collective capacity for people to both directly problem-solve as well as sustain emotional strength and wellbeing in response to environmental change— deserves an upgrade; a full-on mobilization of knowledge, innovation, will, and resources.
We know a lot about how to grow a robust social climate, but barely apply it. Billion Minds Institute advances the policies, science, tools, partners, innovation, and proofs of concept to unleash that potential.
Much is already happening through local action. But it is underpowered. Let’s bring the deep bench of human sciences, collective action and social innovation tools, community-generated data and improvement methods, key knowledge partners like our (mental) health and education systems, to fuel frontline grassroots implementers and networks, and propel, equip, and enable all of us to seize this work.
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