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Another world is unavoidable “Every single journal should have a shrieking headline every day saying we are heading to total catastrophe. In a couple of generations organized human society may not survive. That has to be drilled into people’s heads constantly. The current generation has to make a decision (…), and it has to be done quickly, there’s not a lot of time”, said linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky on a recent interview. He also added: “There’s no way to exaggerate the challenge we are facing these days. Global warming is already the main cause for the extinction of many species at a rate not seen for 65 million years. We can’t wait any longer to radically change our course in order to avoid a massive disaster.”

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here to start? Sandra Díaz, biologist and coordinator of the latest UN Bio-diversity Report, answers that: “What needs to be done first is to implement a lot of things that are in our legislation and we can already do, but simply don’t. And then go much further trying to make a deep change in the way we produce, consume and get rid of our waste. We need to balance profit with the cost of human consumption of natural resources by all sectors of all societies, countries and generations. It’s important that we pay the real price for the products we buy. Many products are artificially cheap (…), equity between profit and cost in nature is basic for changing the way we do things. It’s not going to be easy.” We can’t turn our backs on that and carry on thinking we’re helpless, there’s no way to see it as an exaggeration or to believe that when the time comes technology will solve the problem. Us humans are an active part in the problem and that’s why we must all be part of the solution. It’s our responsibility—the world we are leaving for our kids is at stake. Despite the overwhelming amount of information we are exposed to these days—and daily living can be exhausting—, we must move beyond our excuses and see the urgency now. There are many different approaches to changing our reality. First of all we need to be aware of the dimensions of the problem—by informing ourselves and others, being mindful and talking about it. If we build

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our world with words, we should freely choose those ones we want to use. We should think globally while acting locally and participate in and spread the task of movements like Extinction Rebellion, Ecover and Voice for the Planet. We should be championing and supporting young activist Greta Thunberg, amongst many others. It is important that we individually assume this commitment. It’s time to act. Like an ant colony—we need to walk in the same direction towards the same goal. Acquiring new habits in order to change our way to consume and to relate to our environment is urgent. The following readings might be helpful: ‘Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things’, by Michael Braungart and William McDonought. ‘Less is More: Introduction to the Philosophy of Decline’, by Nicolas Ridoux. ‘Zero Waste Home’, by Bea Johnson, exposing the 5 R’s of the Zero Waste: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot. A section apart is the use and abuse of plastic and we recommend the press kit by the Catalan paper Ara offering a global view on alternatives for consuming, the essential ‘14 tips’ by Greenpeace, and paying attention to global actions such as Plastic Bank or The Ocean CleanUp, which are great initiatives for preventing our marine ecosystem from being destroyed. We need to change the way we relate to the environment, looking for alternative ways of life and revising our values and priorities. Permaculture is a philosophy and practice of sustainable farming and needs to be taken on globally. Transition Towns is an on-going project which creates healthy communities—check their guide, it’s available in many languages. To really change our way of being on this earth we also need to commit to future generations’ education, as it can be seen today in magazines like ‘Pantera’ or in-school awareness-raising projects in Girona. Finally taking the British Parliament as an example, we must demand that our governments pursue realistic effective strategies appropriate for the seriousness of the situation. There’s a lot to do on all levels. There’s not much time left, but we still have some. We need to honestly assume that creating a new world is unavoidable if we want to survive. Fate is challenging us, the future doesn’t wait. //

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