Many of us have been observing the progressive deterioration of the Economic system and our Environment for quite some time here on SUN. My own history on this goes back around 5 years to the collapse of the Investment Bank Bear Stearns, but others like Ugo Bardi have been looking at the problems a good deal longer than that. The original model describing Limits to Growth was published 40 years ago in the 1970s.
Even aware of the problems though, through this time period many people have written on the subjects from varying points of view, with many calls to STOP and get off the merry go round along the way, but most people also keep on keeping on. Even the people who are most convinced that Climate Change is anthropogenic in nature still fly around on airplanes to lecture about this of course.
Actually trying to DO something about it all, become INVOLVED in some way often seems fraught with hypocrisy. An example would be the SUN Website itself. To operate, it depends on everyone having computers which are manufactured from semiconductors which themselves depend on rare earth minerals that are mined up in an unsustainable manner. How is that “Sustaining Universal Needs”? It is certainly doing no good for the air quality around Beijing, that is for sure.
The reality is that in order to make the changes necessary we have to communicate, and to do that we have to use the systems in existence now to do that. These systems won’t last forever, so before they are GONE the best use is in not just telling people what is happening, but in developing systems and structures to replace it when it does go down. Those Systems & Structures will of necessity be smaller and more local, so INVOLVEMENT is necessary in creating them.
Thus I personally morphed from a Blogger on Collapse on the Doomstead Diner to an Organizer of the Project for Sustainability we call SUN. We are not the first to do this, there are others out there in the Permaculture & Transition Towns movements doing this also in their own way, with their own concepts on what will work and what will not. Kudos to all who are making the effort these days to make changes in their respective communities and lives.
The big problem for many if not most people is that they cannot disengage from the “Matrix” as we often refer to it, which is the currently still marginally operational but obviously failing system of Industrialized living. It is OUT OF REACH for most people financially to “get off the grid”, buy their own subsistence farm, grow all their own food and disengage from the Industrialized economy this way. Even if you KNOW what is going on, this leads to a feeling of HELPLESSNESS.
Helping to create the SUN Project is my way to stop feeling Helpless myself. It is a mechanism people of even limited means (you do need at least a Laptop and Internet connection, so it would be difficult to impossible for a Homeless person or beggar in India to participate) can use to learn about what is going on if they do not already know; learn means and methods already discussed and implemented in some places, and finally and most importantly ORGANIZE up to become part of such communities themselves, whether they currently have large financial means or not.
We DO encourage people of means who participate in SUN to contribute on the financial level. Just as currently we cannot communicate with each other without computers and the internet, neither can we create a new structure in the absence of MONEY. SOMEBODIES gotta Pony Up here! LOL. So, I Pony Up as I need to to get this sucker off the ground, but everyone who has some means has to do that. If you have no means on the financial level, then you gotta Pony Up in terms of work, in some fashion. Lots of ways to do that to, not all back breaking labor either. Writers, Artists, Organizers, Speakers etc all can provide valuable contributions to such a project. Of course, Hole Diggers also needed.
No matter who you are, what your personal means are, if you have a connection to the Internet still you can become a partner in the SUN Project. There are no Leaders here, not me for sure. I am just the organizer, the catalyst. It takes all of us to change here. If you want it, work for it. GET INVOLVED!