“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.”
If our best science suggests we are en route to systems collapse, why are collapse — and collapse avoidance — not the primary subjects of international political discourse? Why is the world community not engaged in vigorous debate of available initiatives and trans-national institutional mechanisms that could help restore equilibrium to the relationship between humans and the rest of nature? William Rees
Bill McKibben on Global Consciousness – Earthrise photo’s legacy.
Who are we?
For several years some members of the ENIRDELM network (www.enirdelm.net) sought to ‘make a difference’ by focusing educational leadership and practice on urgent contemporary realities and encouraging young people to make a ‘glocal’ impact for ‘a better more sustainable future’. The CASE initiative is now being continued on-line by the retired Voluntary Permanent Secretary, David Oldroyd – Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
How did the CASE initiative start?
Participants in a workshop at the 22nd ENIRDELM conference in Portoroz, Slovenia in Sept 2013 responded to an invitation to make an impact on their local communities and promote ‘global consciousness’ and ‘world citizenship’ around the metaphor of “Spaceship Earth”.
What are we proposing?
Community Action for Spaceship Earth (CASE) by learning, sharing and acting in local communities to address the widespread passivity about urgent global problems that threaten the coming generation on the finite planet. Around 2030 is one commonly predicted time for global system collapse, for example, the Club of Rome “Limits to Growth” scenario whose projections made in 1972 appear to be on track). In October 2018 the IPCC Report also suggested that the greenhouse gas emission probelm needed to be solved by 2030.
These global issues stem from the finite limits of the natural world that are rapidly being exceeded by the impact of human activity driven by growth economic growth. The metaphor “Spaceship Earth” emphasises the finite nature of the planetary home of all life forms. The planet’s capacity to support the well-being of the ‘crew’ and passengers (carrying capacity) is now being overshot.
The amazing developments in information and communications technology can be used to build and strengthen the networking of community action across the world by learning, sharing and acting (like cosmonauts) for equilibrium and against infinite growth of human impact on the natural world.