We need a social climate plan
The realities of climate change require a massive engineering project—shifting to new ways for producing energy and food, using land and water, protecting cities and towns. But those realities also call for a similarly massive social project.
To broker those shifts effectively and humanely requires a strong social fabric to communally act on, and cope with, daunting change. It requires the added bandwidth and proximity of grassroots, civic-led, hands-on, action and participation.
And that will rest on the mutual reinforcement of collective efficacy and agency, reciprocity and trust, psychological and emotional strength and wellbeing. These deserve far more attention as essential to equitable and sustainable change, and as essential to adapt to as well as shape the course of these environmental challenges, damages, and losses.
It will take nurturant, re-generative societies to secure a nurturant, re-generative planet.
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 for social and emotional transitions at the scale of billions.
Much is known about how to grow a robust social climate, but it is barely applied. Billion Minds Institute (BMI) helps accelerate the policies, science, tools, partners, innovation, and proofs of concept to unleash that potential.
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