Enough is enough, or politics as if reality mattered
Ecolate/Ecolacy 101: The endeavor to iterate towards understanding the dynamics of the world system through the macroscope of systems ecology to account for the complex interdependencies that underpin the natural environment and to consider the unintended consequences, short-term and long-term, of changing the system by asking, 'And then what?', so that we may come to have enough humans on the planet that really do understand it and can live with it properly.
The three pillars of education: literacy, numeracy, and ecolacy (systems science)— or the endeavor to love and understand language, number, and system over self. Some will consider the quest to iterate towards being literate, numerate, and ecolate. Of the three, ecolacy alone is essential for the long-term survival of hu-mans in Nature. The intelligentsia of the industrial society are partially literate, commonly innumerate, and cluelessly unaware of being inecolate.
Eric Lee, A-SOCIATED PRESS
TOPICS: TRANSITION NOW, FROM THE WIRES, LIVING THE SUSTAINABLE LIFE, SHALL ALL CANT, THE ANTI-PARTY PARTY, THE MOVEMENT TO END ALL MASS MOVEMENTS
TUCSON (A-P) — For a prosperous way down (in terms political animals speak):
All candidates shall run as independents for one term on their own merit as evidenced by their life of system service.
All having ecolate concerns are to protest the failure of communities to provide sustainability education about real solutions.
We declare our independence from all SYSTEMs of Growth and Exploitation for its own Sake.
All political parties, to such extent as they can be tolerated, shall be marginalized.
In the USA, the Ecolate Party will be tolerated until a 67+% majority of ecolate candidates can be elected to Congress to hold a Constitutional Convention to rewrite the Constitution. Equivalent plans shall be made in other countries.
An unowned free press, including citizen journalists, serving the planetary system shall endeavor to subject all post-truth claims and public information to the flames of their all consuming doubt and inquiry. Eternal vetting, tireless fact checking, being the price of free speech.
A self-correcting system of vetting the vetter shall endeavor to identify those members of the Press (including citizen Press) whose higher than average error rate suggests they seek to serve the system in another capacity.
The economy is a subset of the 'world set', a subset of society which is a subset of environment, and not the other way around. The environment is not an 'externality'.
Minimize per capita consumption of planetary resources: Rethink, Reevaluate, Refuse, Regulate, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Though grim, we strictly obey the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
Production and consumption are to be limited. There is nothing desirable in consumptionper se. The less consumption in a Society of Enough, the better off we are.
The Ecolate Party is about real solutions, so no one is allowed to join the Party or Ecolate Movement: You can be ecolate, but you cannot join.
Candidates claiming ecolate concerns shall be vetted by the public and their intelligentsia.
Identity politics, politicians, active members of any political party, ideologues—all who believe in political solutions, being anathema, shall be marginalized and compassionately offered cognitive therapy freely and without duress.
Matters of fact shall not be voted on.
Matters of opinion shall be voted on by those who demonstrably know enough to have an opinion.
Matters of taste shall be voted on by anyone who can indicate a preference as per current SYSTEM (aka democracy).
Humanocentric democracy to be replaced by naturocracy—strict obedience to the Nature of things, to the contingencies of sustainability/survival that humans cannot make go away by voting their deeply held beliefs.
Until a sufficient majority of Ecolate candidates are elected who can change the SYSTEM, all shall refuse to serve in a SYSTEM dominated by business-as-usual types as they will have better things to do.
All candidates are also educators, and when a 'teachable moment' arises, foundational change becomes possible..
All forms of ideology, superstition, belief-based certainty, and faith-based assertions (e.g. neoliberal economics, religious 'salvation', and all political 'solutions') shall be forever separated from planetary policy making (aka the Separation of Fake and State).
Having separated church/temple/mosque from planetary policy based on love and understanding of what-is, ecolacy demands the separation of politics-as-usual also.
Choiceless obedience to the Nature of things, to what works, over and above like and dislike, pick and choose, praise and blame, cling and reject, being for and against, shall inform planetary policy making.
Keep your eyes on the ball: Don't be distracted by political 'solutions' or religious 'salvation'. Face the biophysical realities that determine the endgame.
A global moratorium on all fossil fuel use in five years via a decrease in production of 20% the first year, 25% the second, 33% the third, 50% the fourth, 100% the fifth to achieve 0 global use by end of fifth year.
To enforce the global moratorium on fossil fuel production (no production = no consumption), the IMF (Illimitable Mother Force) will bomb coal mines and tie the tubes of all oil/gas fields that may exist at the end of the fifth year.
Excluding death by war, murder, suicide, abortion, famine, and infanticide, two deaths by attrition (accident, disease, old age) required for one birth (a 2 birth pons for 1 policy) until a sustainable human population is achieved.
Via a 2:1 population de-growth, to achieve a population of 3.7 billion by natural attrition in 80 years without war, plague, genocide, or increased death rate.
To continue with a 2:1 population de-growth policy until humans can live on 20% of land surface while retaining an adequate reserve for meeting the thousand year bad decade, achievable in the 23rd century.
To moderate per capita consumption, an initial global maximum wage of $15/hour, which even the most progressive judge to be enough, to be lowered until per captia consumption equals sustainable environmental productivity.
Average wage will initially be $12/hour (15/1.25) and minimum wage in industrialized countries will be $9 (12x0.75), to be lowered over a five year period to the international average wage.
Initially the maximum paid hours worked per year will be 2,000 hours (8 hours/work day), with 1,600 hours (6.4 hours/work day) being 'enough' and 1,200 hours or 4.8 hours per work day minimum.
All unearned income taxed at 100%.
All personal income over $30,000 per year taxed at 100%, and as corporations insist they are people too, none shall profit more than $30,000 per year.
A global shared military to prevent all empire building, all territorial expansion—civil war is a local matter to correct mismanagement.
Nation-states and other sovereign territorial management units shall not exceed an averaged radius of 100 km, shall not exceed 3.141592 million ha (7,759,733 acres) without Federation of Watersheds (FoW) approval.
All borders between management units shall follow watershed boundaries and shore lines of rivers, lakes, and seas so as to be of manageable size (see above).
To leave room for Nature: the human footprint—its developed areas—for industry, plant and animal mutualists, and transportation corridors, shall not exceed 20% of a watershed management unit.
All developed built-upon areas shall have a minimum 5 km buffer area and all roads shall have a 2 km buffer area between the human boot and Nature's 80% that can, but need not, be used for agriculture (including forestry and grazing) and recreation.
To preserve diversity, no more than 80% of any biome within the 20% claimed for human use can be developed for agriculture or other use other than human visitation.
All citizens to spend a period of time, totaling not less than a week, visiting, per leave-no-trace permit, Nature's 80% at least once in their lifetime.
All ground water pumping (non-human-powered) banned.
Produce needed items locally, allowing for repair, using a minimum of imported components.
Endeavor to 'know' (iterate toward) reality without believing in it. Stop believing in belief.
Form circles of non-belief based on free inquiry.
Base interwatershed trade on equitable emergy evaluations measured in emdollars.
Remove all incentives, dogma, and approval for excess reproduction of people, pets, or livestock.
Limit livestock feed to available farm produce (weeds, insects, food rejects and waste) not consumed directly by humans.
Reduce salaries and wages as necessary to maintain full employment.
Eliminate all forms of in-your-face advertising.
Mandate all media be ad free and prohibit commercial media ownership (internet, airwaves....the Info Ether).
Provide belief therapy for those suffering from fixed conclusions.
Maximize public/planetary benefit instead of maximizing monetary profit to individuals/corporations.
Restore wetlands and riparian areas.
When dams silt in allow them to become waterfalls or remove them.
Harvest and collect rainwater for all water needs, including irrigation.
Celebrate rainy days as holidays.
Operate low-intensity aquaculture ponds and constructed wetlands.
Replant forests and rebuild soils.
Restore reefs, eliminate jetties, and remove or set levees back from rivers or shore.
Provide educational facilities for self-paced, self-directed learning with assistance as needed.
Teach children how to think, inquire, figure things out, and not what to think.
Provide educational daycare for small children.
Children may not consent to self-harm, e.g. genital mutilation, skin mutilation, non-medical psychoactive recreational drug use.
Children may not be deprived of medical care or education access, even after they grow up.
All children and other autodidacts to have access to Rosetta Bliss and all communities of 50 to 150 people to have a copy of Encyclopedia Bliss.
Keep education facilities for young humans open through normal adult working hours and open to adults at other times.
Devote public works programs to assist environmental restoration over the coming millennia.
All able citizens, for the air breathed, a place to stand, and water that falls, shall serve public works programs to aid Nature Restorancy.
Find glory in being an Agent of the Earth.
Note: I am not a party member. I'm not democrat, republican, libertarian, socialist, progressive, communist, humanist, oligarchist, anarchist, ecolatist.... I support all of the Ecolate Party's platform line by line, though not in the order given, and so will share the platform for consideration. I don't do identity politics, nor see political movements as corrective (e.g. Earth First!). The Green Party platform is politicking as usual whose narrative appeals to a different self-assured (as usual) minority/would-be majority.
Political ideologues/followers (the 99%) need to realize that none of the above has anything to do with what people want, or what I want. It's not about like or dislike, praise or blame, being for or against. The universe doesn't care what I want, and perhaps thee is not exceptional either. Non-belief-based policy needs to reflect what might actually work over the long span of time (to be sustainable, as in to not destroy the life-support system). The laws of thermodynamics, and others (e.g. ecological system energy laws), apply to humans, says Mother. They do not go away because we are ignorant of them (though they may appear to for a time until corrective feedback loops emerge). Overshoot is followed by descent, and this is not an opinion. Your vote doesn't count. Ecological systems science is our best shot at understanding what we need to know/do to live as responsible members of our planetary life-support system. When it becomes obvious to those not paying attention that we are not living sustainable lives, the above may be considered. Until then, political animals can have 'I believed what I wanted to!Forget posterity, what did they ever do for me?' put on their tombstone. You can't join the Federation, but you can be Federation. You can be ecolate. You can ask, 'And then what'?
To 'destroy industrial society' (and any foundational change will be perceived by the Business-as-usual Party, i.e. all politically active parties, as an existential threat to their 'SYSTEM') we can but 'iterate towards' real solutions, perhaps winning the race between education and catastrophe. To that end, educators run for office to educate, and when the public, whether by voting or by revolt, demand real change, either ideologues will crawl out from under every rock to offer 'solutions' or those who 'can actually think more than a decade ahead' will have developed an ecolate plan, a set of policies that might actually work, beforehand. Scholars, scientists, engineers, and educators will have spent years (those that remain) trying to explain biophysical reality to other clothed apes, and will at some point be in a position to say, 'We told you so.'
The public and their intelligentsia will look, with that deer-in-the-headlights look, to those who may actually know enough to have an opinion as to what to do. In less than a year, an historical heartbeat, support for the Ecolate Party Platform can go from < 1% to > 90%. With a sufficient mandate (perhaps secondary to some disaster), Constitutions can be rewritten, new forms of governance can be instituted, and a global Federation of Watersheds formed as alternative to chaotic unmanaged descent. When humanity, the Euro-Sino Empire, goes over the apex of its growth trajectory and is looking into the precipice towards likely horrific collapse (a 'zombie apocalypse' where some end up eating or being eaten by others—or worse, e.g. we loose the memetic information content of the past seven thousand years), then real change conceivably can be implemented to move towards real solutions. Ecolate candidates, if elected as a minority, will not serve the SYSTEM. Initially, secondary to our collective unconscious agreement to deny biophysical reality, all candidates and protesters, acting solely as independent concerned humans, can expect some fraction of 1% of industrialized humans to support them.
What can you do? Protest/Inform:
Protest and run for office. A worthy goal to consider would be to spend 1,742 hours (in honor of Al Bartlett) protesting/informing for sustainability (and against denial) given that the alternative, unsustainability, has a bad outcome as in end of empire or worse. 'Protesting' for 1,742 hours in one year would be a little more time than the average European works and a little less time than the average American works or watches TV. Spread over two or three years, the 1,742 hours becomes hobby time. Assume five hours/day average (average American watches TV five hours a day meaning half watch more, arguably time less well spent than endeavoring to save the world). Average people in industrial society are plugged in, Borg-like, into some sort of media 12 hours a day (5 hrs. TV, 2.1 hrs. radio, 1.7 hrs. social media leaving 3.2 hrs. for other media, at times more than one, browsing online and off including print publications). A year of daily protesting, with 17 days off for doing other pointless things, is doable. Or protest seven hours/day five days a week and get 115 days off to fiddle while Rome burns. Or spend an hour a day over five years and have more time to fiddle. When your grandchildren ask, 'So if scientists warned us repeatedly since the 1960s, why didn't Grammy do anything?', someone can say, 'Well, she did protest for 1,742 hours and....'.
Start with messages such as —
The poster is 22" x 28" standard, parts: (clink for full size, right clink to save, then print and go forth).
Tear offs, just have to cut down middle, then across both sides to make 46. Larger images such as a two-part 20" x 8.5" or 27" x 8.5" legal size can be printed and pieced together.
A 22" x 8.5" sign with just the large print main message can be seen by traffic when walking or biking on side opposite the larger sign. This maximizes effectiveness of signage. On windy days the small sign is more manageable, and enough. The small print is readable up close by walkers not speeding past.
Assuming public transport is taken to protest sites (could be counted as part of the five hours) and the protester qualifies for economy fare, $1.30/day for two way trip x 348 days = $453 ($1,218 regular fare) to see what happens. Maybe a donation jar for bus fare would help as would walking and biking. There are only about 3,000 cities in industrial societies with populations of 150K+ to protest at in the world, so if only 3K+ people out of 7.4 billion (aka the 0.00004%) were to protest or 740,000 protested in more cities/towns (the 0.01%), then some people will notice. If a tiny fraction of 1% of humans were to look for and face reality (as if it mattered), and were to dedicate one year, with 17 days sick leave, protesting for 'sustainability', then maybe enough people will have considered sustainability issues such that, post-collapse, enough will be willing to consider becoming ecolate non-consumerists willing to live a life of enough.
You can't join the Ecolate Party, but you could protest our collective denial of Mother's laws for a year without being a part of any movement. Or you could spend the same amount of time on social media as many do (teens spend up to nine hours/day on post-truth social media — minds in denial are terrible things to waste, especially young ones). Endeavor to save the world one mind at a time, starting with your own. While 'protesting', read books. Assuming you only read 50 books a year, read well selected books and endeavor to think well. There is no life sustainable for hu-mans without ecolate thought (maybe).
Ecolate/Ecolacy 101: The endeavor to iterate towards understanding the dynamics of the world system through the macroscope of systems ecology to account for the complex interdependencies that underpin the natural environment and to consider the unintended consequences, short-term and long-term, of changing the system by asking, 'And then what?', so that we may have enough humans on the planet that really do understand it and can live with it properly [sustainably].
endeavor: 'Thought makes the whole dignity of man; therefore, endeavor to think well, that is the only morality.' — Blaise Pascal
iterate: 'You iterate towards the truth. You don’t know it....eventually we'll have a human on the planet that really does understand it and can live with it properly. That's the source of my optimism.' — James Lovelock
dynamics of the world system: 'The limits of Nature become also the limits of the system. The interplay between the limits of Nature and the trends and dynamics of the world system defines ultimately the historical tendencies of world system evolution.' World System History: The Social Science of Long-term Change 2000.
macroscope: 'Energy diagrams give the lenses for the macroscope through which we view the “3 Es”, energy, the environment, and economies.' — Mary Odum
systems ecology: 'Systems ecology is the study of whole ecosystems and includes measurements of overall performance as well as a study of the details of systems design by which the overall behavior is produced from separate parts and mechanisms' — H.T. Odum 1994
complex interdependencies: 'Odum's emergy diagrams make visible the complex interdependencies of successful ecosystems.' — Architecture and Energy: Performance and Style 2013
unintended consequences: 'Every proposal to build a dam, to widen a highway, to cut down another forest, to turn wetlands into salable real estate, or to bury unwanted waste products is sure to have unintended consequences.... From now on, we must accept responsibility for all unintended consequences while doing our best to predict them in advance.' — Garrett Hardin
'And then what?': 'Of every well-meant proposal, ecologists ask a standard question: 'And then what?'... The proficiencies that education produces [fall] into three categories: literacy, numeracy, and ecolacy. The key question of the ecolate person is this: 'And then what?'... The three filters operate through these particular questions: Literacy: What are the words? Numeracy: What are the numbers? Ecolacy: And then what?' — Garrett Hardin
Those who can't live without joining a 'movement' or dying for a cause, should at least do so in good company. Perhaps 'join' the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB), to turn things around before it is too late. They are on a mission, which can be boiled down: Can scientists and 'civil society' use 'foresight intelligence....to ensure a sustainable and equitable future for all' by reducing 'humanity's ecological footprint and social inequities before it is too late?' Assume 'Yes'. How? By understanding and communicating foresight intelligence to 'create a vision of a plausible and compelling world in 2050 which is moving towards sustainability and social equity.'
'Growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.' —Edward Abbey