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Young Persons Plan for the Planet (YPPP)
Frank Fenner Foundation is delighted to join with the Young Persons Plan for the Planet (YPPP). This is a project initiated by Ian Chambers, author of ‘Planning for the Planet’. During 2017 a pilot program was run involving senior students from 15 schools across Australia who considered the application of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in their region. Each school identified ten SDGs which the local region was embracing in some way and ten SDGs where there were serious gaps. They then prioritised their work down to three to four elements and developed plans for implementing action on those chosen elements. Schools shared ideas and research using monthly YouTube sessions. The program is supported by a number of Universities, including UNSW, ANU, JCU and Curtin. Two representatives from each school came together in Canberra during National Science Week to launch the program and to discuss their findings with parliamentarians. In 2018 it is planned to expand the number of schools engaged, as well as to pilot the program in some other countries. When possible the program will be extended to actively engage Councils in implementation projects.
The Great Transition
The Great Transition Initiative is about how to address the major drivers that are making environmental issues worse, as well as transitioning to a life-affirming global culture.
Andrew Gaines is a founder of this Initiative, and has a message to share:
Julian Cribb’s Surviving the 21st Century strongly makes the case that humanity is in an existential emergency, with a high probability that, based on a number of disastrous current trends, not only will we destroy ourselves as a viable civilization by the end of the century, we may make the planet essentially uninhabitable for humans.
Other thinkers have seen this as well, but relatively few of us really ‘get’ this. If collectively we ‘got it’, we would either drop into despair and deep mourning (which some people have done), or become fired up to turn things around. We certainly would not be complacent!
I have long felt the need for a tool to present our existential emergency so ‘in-your-face’ that people cannot avoid it.
Looming Disasters is such a tool. It is designed to be used in one-to-one conversations. Julian Cribb likes it. I used it with a local café owner; he agreed for me to put up Great Transition Initiative materials in his café. I talked one of my neighbors through it, and he knocked on my door at 5 o’clock the next morning wanting to talk about it. But this is not a representative sample; these people were open before our talk.
The purpose of the Great Transition Initiative to galvanize massive commitment to transitioning to a life-affirming global culture. We are catalyzing a ‘movement of movements’. The purpose of Looming Disasters is not to ‘inform’ people. It is to shock them into an acute sense that we are in an existential emergency − and we need to work to turn things around.
Many people assert that scaring people is a bad communication tactic. Done crudely through lectures or online, perhaps so. It is easy for people’s eyes to glaze over and for them to tune out. But the flipside is that fear is a motivator, and humans have a survival instinct.
By presenting Looming Disasters in face-to-face conversations we can support people in coming to terms with the shocking reality of what is actually happening. Then we can segue from that into the larger notion of taking responsibility for catalyzing a cultural shift.
Will Looming Disasters actually do this job? Probably sometimes yes, and sometimes no. People have strong defenses, and sometimes they just choose not to take responsibility. But we have to try to reach people, and if your experience is like mine you will get better with practice.
I have printed out Looming Disasters, and I carry them with me as a set of loose pages. I present the pages one at a time; there is no fixed order. Nor is it necessary to go through all the pages; the point is to move people without absolutely overwhelming them. How we do this is a judgment call.
I would be pleased if you would try this with a few people, with a view to them becoming active in the Great Transition Initiative. Everything they need is in the Resources section of www.InspiringTransition.net.
Yours for a world that works for all!