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[Ambassador report] Counting Down to Crisis: Climate Emergency

by Elliot Connor | 12-02-2020 03:53 Comments 5 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



 

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs,
but not every man's greed.”

Mahatma Gandhi

I live in Sydney, AU where the temperatures right now are topping 35 degrees Celsius, the bushfire danger rating is at ‘catastrophic’ and already hundreds of separate occurrences have broken out- affecting thousands. Meanwhile I’m migrating to Seoul for a conference on renewable energy and the need for better urban design to facilitate drawdown of carbon from our air. Coincidence? I think not. Because across the globe, millions are waking up to the climate catastrophe which now is unfolding- and our voices, so amplified, are being heard.

 

There’s a whole rhetoric surrounding the activism-apathy divide, with political leaders sitting on one end and the likes of XR, FFF and Greenpeace on the other. I propose a simplification to the equation here, whereby activism simply becomes a mindset, a description for all those who seek to redefine the edifice of Human Nature in the present day. As with all things worthy fighting for, it’s not an easy change to make: shifting public dialogues away from egocentrism towards ecocentrism, turning dim awareness into appreciation and respect for natural systems.

 

This January I was lodging in a castle in Southern France, freezing my fingers off caring for hedgehogs, bats and raptors, teaching an injured owl how to fly. And in the long, cold, dark winter nights I spent there I did some thinking: clearly what we were doing was insufficient, something lacking in the whole strategy of environmentalism. 200 species going extinct every day; global temperatures smashing all-time highs- something had to give. And yet, given all these complications and competing issues, the solution which I envisioned was simple.

 

Under the status quo, the chief factor inhibiting our success was ourselves. That is to say, with the ecological IQ of society at an all-time low, there simply wasn’t a widespread understanding of the stakes we’re playing with, less still of the solutions at hand. Hence by incorporating a wider audience into the dialogues we’re initiating this inevitable downwards spiral might be turned around. And so, in June of this year Human Nature Projects was formed.

 

With 1200 volunteers across 102 countries, our first steps have been a great success, providing a platform for everyone to enter into environmental pursuits. The secret to this success lies 4 C’s of Conservation: connection, curiosity, creativity, and collaboration. Combined, these have the power to revolutionize people-powered preservation of natural spaces- it’s that easy.

 

So ending on a lighter note than that with which I began, I would say to any aspiring leader that having a big problem doesn’t necessitate a big solution. There are countless others out there just like yourself who are desperate to make tracks in this journey, and all of us can make a difference. By linking up, reaching out, taking that leap of faith to start without knowing of an end, we can collectively rise to success. As a great man once said:

““Changemaking is like a baboon: you risk life and limb getting tangled up in it, but boy does it look attractive from behind!!”

5 Comments

Jasmine Karki

  • Jasmine Karki says :
    Greetings
    I do hope everything is going well..

    Thank you so much for sharing your report!!
    Was awesome to go through it ..
    Keep writing and sharing!!

    Green cheers
    Regards
    Jasmine karki
    Posted 13-03-2020 12:29

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Elliot!
    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Counting Down to Crisis: Climate Emergency

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Regards,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 17-02-2020 21:47

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Elliot

    This is an another impressive report from you.
    It looks clear that people don't know about the impact of their actions to the environment clearly. To solve this problem, some creative ideas should be gathered, so I think the creation of the platform might be the small but effective solution to approach the problem. Since there is not much time left, we shouldn't be the inhibitors of the implementation of the solution.

    Thank you for the insightful report!
    Posted 14-02-2020 00:38

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hello Elliot!
    It's Lisa.

    I am so proud of you that you will be attending a conference in my country!
    I bet that people will be so amazed to have you there a passionate young environmental activist!
    And really, I think the project that you have here is great not just in terms of its scale but the messages that it sends to everyone in and out of the event.

    Your words that the big problems doesn't necessarily require big solutions I really do agree with you and that's probably why we young persons could have such a say in resolving the problems!

    Great to see you working in so many different aspects:)
    Nice work!
    Posted 12-02-2020 23:01

Dibya Bhatta

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