Mea Culpa

Notes on 9-11, twenty years later.

This is the anniversary of a dark day in our country’s history.  It has also been totally eclipsed by the utterly horrifying death toll from a preventable virus.  So much so, that after this year I doubt anybody will be putting much emphasis on 9/11 anymore.  Too many folks are mourning their current lost loved ones to spend heaps of time on those of a generation ago.

I wanted to start this essay with “I told you so.”  It sure would have felt good, too; 20 years after warning y’all about the mistake of going to war to avenge a violent terror attack.  Who the hell would read that article though?  Nobody.

Nobody likes to be told they are wrong, least of all ‘Muricans.

We don’t.  We blew it on Viet Nam.  But then we spent the next two decades fellating ourselves with Rambo movies and Reagan and other such exciting fictions.  So when 9/11 occured, we were 100% ready and willing and able to make the same mistake again.  Then – – our short-attention span made it so that we turned away from the Afghan rebuilding project to double down and invade Iraq.  (I decried that invason too, to no avail).

We then whipped up some fancy ‘mission accomplished’ banners and photo ops, and… spent the next 19 years waiting to be greeted as liberators.  August of 2021 may have finally put that delusion to bed.  Somehow, I don’t think so.

I hate being Cassandra.  I do.  Nobody wants to hear the unvarnished truth, that much is clear.  But why?  How is it we would rather keep suffering, and keep on making other nations suffer; instead of doing the simple, basic work to fix the problems once and for all?  *This* question has become my life’s work.

There are solutions, by the way.  Never ever let anyone tell you these problems cannot be fixed.  Those folks are selling you something; and are not to be trusted.  We could never have built civilization in the first place, if we did not have solutions available for getting people to co-exist, within community.

So forget all about ‘I told you so’, and forget about who’s fault it is that we are in such a mess.  Focus your precious time on learning about solutions.  I have close to 20 essays up on mobilized.news now, and plenty of others have stuff posted here too.  That’s one possible place to start learning if you need resources.  For the busier or more skeptical among us, here (below) are some short takes that may be of use.

I am sorry that we’re still suffering.  Maybe I haven’t done enough to help relieve that suffering.  Maybe I can do more.  But it’s not about me, and it’s not about you.  It’s about the future. It really can be as bright as we want it to be.  Our biggest hurdle to overcome is simply inertia –  – and that’s a choice we make every day.

Simply change your mind, decide to find a new model to live within.  Better days lie ahead.


Further Reading: 

https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/welcoming-remarks-made-at-a-literary-reading-9-25-01?

 

Daniel Quinn shared this insight with us: Most folks would say that “the world was made for Man, and Man was made to conquer it.”  But of course that is just mythology, nothing about it is true.  It’s far more accurate to say that “the world is a sacred place and a sacred process – – and we are part of it.”  Our fundamental mis-understanding of how the world works is the key to knowing why we keep going on foolish crusades overseas, why we keep destroying the climate even though we know better, and so many other maladies.  It’s time to change those habits.

I often recommend this book, and do so again today because it’s more relevant NOW than ever before.  “Beyond Civilization” by Daniel Quinn.  See also: “Providence”, and the 3 “Ishmael” novels… which would make one hell of a great miniseries, if there are any TeeVee producers reading this post.

Speaking of ‘more relevant than ever’, Bucky Fuller’s classic book-length essay Grunch of Giants came out in 1970 for crying out loud; it’s too bad we’ve never taken his wise advice.

https://mobilized.news/bite-sized-book-reviews/

https://mobilized.news/bite-sized-book-reviews-ii-electric-boogaloo/

 

Here let us read in their own words, some post-war thoughts from a selection of unindicted war criminals.  They only barely register any remorse, and sure are twisting themselves in knots to justify their murderous idiocy.  NOTABLY ABSENT IN THESE INTERVIEWS: THE POINT OF VIEW OF ANYBODY AT ALL WHO WARNED AGAINST THE INVASIONS BEFORE HAND.  Such as Barbara Lee, Arundhati Roy, Naomi Klein, Medea Benjamin, or any of the Gold Star Mothers.  Funny how the media is falling over themselves to ask the guilty how they feel about being guilty.  It’s too damn bad the media doesn’t truly want to prevent future mistakes since that would be bad for their ratings.  Le sigh.

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/09/10/9-11-attacks-20th-anniversary-reassessing-20-years-of-war-506924

For a more rational change of pace, this journalist ignored the fatuous glad-handers who lied us into war and instead talked to the soldiers on the ground.  If you’re in a hurry, skip the last entry and just read this one.

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/09/10/politico-mag-afghan-vets-roundtable-506989

 

Here I offer a hat tip to my friend Alice Shikina, who has pointed me towards a far better means of conflict resolution – guided mediation & arbitration.  Groups such as SEEDS exist here in the Bay Area and similar ones are in most any big city near you.  We don’t have to spend our precious time being angry, or blaming the ‘other guy’.  We can instead work on listening and finding common ground.  There WAS common ground to be had with the Afghan people, for example, but we never once tried to find it.  We simply imposed a top-down model on them and then, were puzzled why they despised it.  What a huge missed opportunity.  Don’t you make that same mistake.  Check out the better options that are available and cost almost nothing to implement.

https://www.seedscrc.org/

www.cnvc.org

Back to the future II – Biff’s revenge

The Choice Is Ours

The Big Picture: Most folks have seen the trilogy of movies called “Back to the Future.”  For those who are too young, or simply have not, a brief recap is in order: in the first movie, a boy named Marty and his scientist friend build a time machine, go back from the 1980’s to the 1950’s… and make a mess.  Then they fix it and save the world; in a comical manner.  In the second movie though, the bully named Biff steals their time machine and wrecks the place.  Instead of a quiet small town, suddenly there is only a horrifying mega-casino named Biff’s Pleasure Palace; for instance.  Luckily, Marty and Doc save the world, again, as is the way of Hollywood movies.

Today’s essay is all about how we have come to find ourselves, our entire society, trapped within Biff’s Pleasure Palace.

For the Record:  Well, we also have to talk about the “Mad Max” movies, I suppose.  In order to put these stories in context, (and compare them to so many which are similar), we need to take a moment to look at why they have become so popular and captured imaginations for decades.

 

 

 

Uh oh, there goes the neighborhood.

I have made a point of re-watching these films, and several other dystopian classics such as “Fight Club”, in preparation for this essay.  They each tell seductive tales of rugged individuals who rise above the mud and the muck to become heroes.  On the surface, hey, that’s great.  Who doesn’t love a Hero’s Tale?

Problem is, they miss a very large point.  Two or three, really, but to keep this short let’s look only at this one: Society is not doomed.  It’s just not.  We know this, simply, because of the fact that we are here!  Civilization has waxed and waned over the last 42,000 years, but the long arc is a straight line upwards.  Everywhere, in every way, folks have made the exact same decision over and over again: work together, and build together.  No matter how hard the right wingers wish for it, no matter how often mass media pumps the message into your eyes and ears, it just isn’t true that we’re moments away from eating Zombies or having to grow Mowhawk hairstyles with torn leather jackets and uncomfortable boots.

The truth is much more boring, sedate, and comforting.  We are moments away from PTA meetings, from city council meetings, from charity food drives.  These are the things that people choose to do, again and again, in times of duress.  Doesn’t make for a heart-pounding action movie, doesn’t make for a 12 point front-page headline; but it sure is what goes on regardless.  “Survival of the Fittest” is a myth, has always been a myth, and you should be very skeptical of anyone who tries to tell you that it’s a law.  Ask them why they are peddling this and what they stand to gain from having you believe this lie.  Cooperation is the real name of the game.  Thousands of years ago, there were literally thousands of models for this, in every nook and cranny of the planet.  After 15,000 years of myth-making, and conquest by the stupid over the compassionate, we’re now down to only a handful of models for living.  That’s a damn shame, but it’s not at all inevitable that we have to keep enacting these gloomy scenarios.  In fact, because the Cooperative models worked just fine for generations, and needed little external support, they are far more likely to prevail.  Because the dour models such as Capitalism, Fascism, and Socialism are only possible with massive external props and supports.  And it is obvious now that most folks are tired of blindly propping up these models.

What they are lacking are better stories, better models to enact.  I’ve provided pointers in other essays, to writers who can offer such ideas.  My job now is to keep doing that in the near future.

 


 

What they’re saying: Well, they’re saying “Live Long and Prosper”.  But also, this:

 

Next Steps:  We could have fallen into permanent dystopia’s many times; such as just after World War I.  Some parts of the planet began to actively do so, that was avoided at great cost.  Some parts of the present world are still under the thrall of warlords and tyrants.  Hell, my home country the USA elected Biff to the highest office in the land for 4 very long years.  Then we put things right, and began the process of improving things for everyone.  You can do this too.  I don’t promise it will be rapid or even easy.  But I can promise you that with the right story to tell, you can perform staggeringly large feats.

There is a time and a place for everything.  We’ve had more than enough gloom and doom, have rewarded the doomsayers for plenty long enough.  Time now to uplift the Optimists, instead.  To become one.  Here are some, maybe right near you.  They are far from alone, and neither are you.

 

 

 

Back to the future?

The Big Picture: Sometimes it’s useful to look backwards to get a handle on the steps one needs to take to see real progress.  This is especially true within this movement for building a better planet-wide society.  Much has been tried already, and from those projects, much was learned.  Today we’ll take a glance at the Green Building Movement that began in the 1970’s.

For the Record: By now Green Building practices have a real active presence in the economy.  There are LEED standards that new and renovated buildings are following, and much innovation in the generation and storage of power on-site.  These are good, and more could be done in this arena.  Part of my own independent studies in the 1990’s acquainted me to longstanding projects as Arcosanti & Cosanti; in the western US states.  These folks bought 800 acres in Arizona, and over 50 years of development have carefully managed to thrive within only 20 acres.  So they have all they require, and are able to protect a huge swathe of land from encroachment.  Their focus on architecture is renowned; not least in the ways they managed to cool their dwellings without modern Air Conditioning, simply using good design principles.  No small feat, in a place that routinely tops 100 degrees Farenheit for much of the year.

  • https://www.arcosanti.org/50th-anniversary/

Meanwhile in neighboring New Mexico and Colorado, the Earthships architectural movement was also taking off.  They too seek to work more closely with nature and its teachings; to create homes that work efficiently within their given situations.  I am lucky enough to have stayed in a few, they are truly beautiful as well.

  • https://www.earthshipglobal.com/

Looking further south, we come upon the Centro de las Gaviotas project in Columbia. I’ll focus a bit more on Gaviotas, since it’s not terribly well represented online.

Their founder was Paolo Lugari, another architect with ideas similar to the above-mentioned folks.  It’s fair to say though, he and his team went bigger with their efforts.  Much bigger.  The Gaviotas folks had the notion to go out to the desert, and re-create a viable jungle with good animal life, good water (drinkable water) and good living for nearby villagers.  They succeeded beyond anyone’s hopes, and are now 5 1/2 decades into their project.  They have also been very clear about never patenting their innovations, rather they depend on folks such as the economist Gunter Pauli to take the ideas to other places; teach and share the technology around the world.  He has been doing that for quite some time now.  Some of their ideas are laid out in a book, “Gaviotas – a village to reinvent the world“, by Alan Weisman (Chelsea Green Publishing), and include:
  • drinking bottles made of plastic, but shaped like Lego brick toys so that the village kids use them for play after they are no longer good for holding water
  • a well-pump that is also a children’s see-saw, no motor / fuels required
  • regionally appropriate windmills
  • bricks made from waste by-product, for building
This latter idea has started moving around and catching on.  Just the other day I read about a startup making paver-stones, and I have to believe they probably got technical advice from the ZERI** folks. 
But there is so much more about Gaviotas that might inspire you.  It’s useful to know that they built their entire village with no outside support; during a long and protracted civil war.  The Government saw what they were doing, and left them alone.  The rebels saw what they were doing, and left them alone.  The drug lords also saw the value and let them build anyway.  Now they have a vibrant community that has eco-friendly buildings, a steady income from forest products, and are able to supply drinking water to folks for many many kilometers around them.  Not bad, for a college professor and some of his students, who simply had a notion way back in 1974.
The value in exploring these 3 models has several facets. By and large these folks all started with nothing, literally nothing.  And yet they managed to set good examples which can be drawn from today.  They are far from alone, of course.  Also, by embodying the practices of reducing waste and finding ways to turn disadvantages into reliable assets, their lessons are incredibly timely and applicable anywhere.  Including where you are.  

 

What they’re saying: “Better quality, Low price, and Zero Waste.  We’re doing this.  If your economists say that it cannot be done, sack them!” – Gunter Pauli

Next Steps: Folks like these certainly do inspire me, and hopefully they will be that for you as well.  Back here in the states, I am lucky enough to live near Berkeley, CA.  Which was the place where the entire ‘environmental’ movement began in this nation, way back in the late 1960’s.  So, we have facilities such as:
  • Urban Ore, who divert tons away from landfills every week, and sell usable products such as old doors and house furnishings
  • The Ecology Center, who likewise finds novel ways to repurpose trash into art, toys, etc…
  • Build It Green, a trade association that is on the forefront of teaching big ideas to the stodgy old building trades.  
Stuff is happening everywhere!  There is no shortage of folks such as this guy: http://thegarage.jalopnik.com/kentucky-mastermind-powers-his-house-using-a-car-altern-1786863522
 
So, I could not be more lucky.  And so am happy to pass on leads such as these to you.  As well, I have 2 other essays on here Mobilized that may tie into this discussion:

{Late edit}  Here are a few more sites that are relevant to this discussion:

  • https://mobilized.news/sarah-savory-holistic-management-and-action-is-the-way-forward/
  • https://endelevu.co.ke
  • https://aroundtheworld.coop (Much more on this site, in the next essay)

 

 

Table Stakes (And the Big Picture)

The Big Picture:  So many obstacles exist to true progress that most days many activists I know want to bang their head against a wall, or give up, or worse.  But it’s not so bad as all that, and in fact we have some advantages that were not even options for change-makers of generations ago.  Let’s begin by running some ‘cocktail napkin’ numbers, to make sense of the last few months in politics.

  • There are at least 330 million Americans right now.  Of those, ⅔ were able to vote in 2020.  That’s @218 million potential voters.
  • We had @144 million actual voters in the 2020 fall election.
  • Of those voters, @72 million chose Trump.
  • So here’s the real math: 2/3 of the total population of America can vote.  Of those, only 2/3 did vote in 2020.  Of those, 1/2 voted for Trump.  So that’s actually only about 20% of the whole who support him and his nefarious views.  That makes our job far easier – there are not nearly as many ‘hearts and minds’ we need to reach in this nation, as it may appear on the surface. 

For the Record: As noted in previous essays, there are always obstacles, and there are never enough dedicated folks, seemingly, to get the job done.  Yet over and over throughout the last 15,000 years, change has come to societies and the long arc has actually been in a direction of more justice, more fairness, and less oppression.  So clearly we simply need to keep on doing our work, and fret less about the long term.

Our mass media has done a bang-up job of making nearly everyone feel isolated, powerless, and flawed.  These are of course lies, and you should go right ahead and ignore the mass media.  The problems we face are merely the ‘table stakes’, and we can surely play our hand into a winning one.  We surely do NOT have to overcome half of the entire population wanting to calcify society as it was in the 1950’s.  Far from it.  But don’t take it from me, let’s go to one of our great recent philosophers…

What they’re saying: “One of the basic ideas of our culture is that people are fundamentally no good, that people are greedy, cruel, and vicious to the core: That is our nature, so get used to if, folks.  Get as much as you can, then get really good locks for your doors.  

I want to change that basic attitude.  Not only is the world a sacred place, but we belong in it.  We’re not alien monsters here.  We should stop perceiving ourselves in that way and begin to reevaluate our place in the greater community.  The view of this culture is that we are vicious beings, but still infinitely better than every other creature on this planet.  They are worthless beings we can kill off at will. 

I’m proposing that we all belong to a community of life.  We are no better or worse than other creatures.  We have to begin to think of ourselves as members of the world community, rather than as rulers of the planet.” – Daniel Quinn, interviewed by W. Bradford Swift in The Sun Magazine, December 1997 

Next steps: There is a shift coming.  I once thought it would be in a far distant future, but now I see that folks are agitating for it in nearly every city on the planet.  Reactionary leaders, cowed by fear and distaste for sharing their imaginary power, are doing rather a lot to crush / co-opt / belittle these forces.  That’s a pity but also should be encouraging to you – the fact that they can no longer ignore these efforts is in itself a telling victory for the progressives.  The shift can happen soon, within a generation or less, if we press our advantage. 

 


Go deeper: links and sources

Elsewhere on this site, I have posted many book reviews and other links, naturally I encourage you to study them in your free time.  

I do get a bit of heat since most of those recommendations are from the 20th century.  Well in fact I do keep current, it’s merely that I’m trying to work in order, and there is much to share.  However, this book is allowed to jump the line: Soft Landing, by Don Shepherd.  (2020, published by SaveTheWorld, Inc.)

Soft Landing lays out 3 major ways we can tell when the shift will have truly occurred – If we have succeeded in providing for the basic needs of every person on the planet, if we have stopped cutting down our forests and destroying the planet’s ecosystems, and if we have reversed our polluting ways.  In clear and amiable ways, he goes into some detail for doing so.  As well, (much ignored but crucial to overcoming our obstacles), the last ⅓ of the book goes into the current mess of our planet-wide financial system, and how we can ‘un-rig’ it in a reasonable time frame.  I do believe it is as if this fellow read his Quinn, Derrick Jensen and his Naomi Klein texts, and tried mightily to synthesize a readable and accessible version that won’t scare away the curious and the motivated-but-uneducated.  In that, I feel he has succeeded.  

And if you will indulge me, here’s another from that distant time of 2001… After Dachau by Daniel Quinn, (Context Books).  Since I quoted him above, it seems okay to mention one of his fiction tales.  In it, we see how life would be if society had indeed calcified in about 1956, and also no other cultures were allowed to exist.  Spoiler alert – it’s not pretty.  Also, it doesn’t get to be the last word.  As he always did in his fiction and non fiction works, the seeds of hope sprouted against the greatest odds.  We too, are about to see those seeds sprouting.  

Finally, we go out on a high note: the incomparable singer John McCutcheon and his story song “Well may the world go.”  Enjoy.  

“It’s not about eliminating anyone, it’s about welcoming people in!”

 

Urgently! Like, whenever, man…

“Life is a shipwreck, yes. But we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats” – Voltaire

 

The ship is taking on water, the last lifeboats are being lowered, and yet somehow most folks are still in their cabins.  Maybe they are playing a new level on their video game, maybe they’re gonna polish off the final season of “Queer Eye for the Desperate Housewife” before strapping on a life jacket, I don’t know.  I do know that having the crew, experts and activists scream warnings and wave banners in front of their noses has done almost nothing to motivate them to act.  Pity.

The ship is taking on water, and the Captain is pretty sure that we drilled all the holes in the hull ourselves.  But she’s too busy getting folks up, and on deck, to look into it.  The mate told her an hour ago that we only had 12 hours before the bow goes under, and since then only the folks down in steerage have even made a peep about the news.  Eleven to go… Huh.

Should any of us be surprised about this turn of events? Honestly, no.

Inaction, even in the face of certain doom, is a pretty common occurrence; sadly.  You see it’s all a matter or perspective.  What seems like an eternity to one person may be just the blink-of-an-eye to another.  Ask a small child to hold still for 20 minutes, and by about 4 minutes in they’ve probably already bolted from the room.  A retired person can sit on a park bench all day, and to them it might seem like 20 minutes.

Ask a fawn to stay clear of the road late at night, and then watch as it freezes right in the only spot that will surely get it killed.  So is it any wonder that people, generally, are frozen like a deer-in-the-headlights when faced with the pending climate disaster?  All they are hearing presently are tales of doom and gloom.  That is having the exact same effect as a pair of bright headlights at midnight on a country road.

Is there nothing to be done about the problem?  Hardly, there are many things one can do to overcome the inertia within our population.  There are several strategies that have worked before, and likely will work again.  First and foremost: look to writers such as Sparrow, Barbara Kingsolver, and Daniel Quinn for inspiration.  Or research the many, many scientific publications of Bucky Fuller.  They all speak of a common idea: win folks over by telling them a better story.  Sure, yes, we need to acknowledge and share the grim news because it’s not going away.  Yet we also need to temper it with examples and ideas of better options that can be enacted.

Put another way: yelling “fire” in a crowded theatre is not enough.  At best you’ll cause a stampede, at worst, fear will drive many to perish.  If there is a fire, it is better to tell folks where the exits are, and how to get to them.

Second, and also crucial, but harder for many to swallow: Each one, teach one.  Yes, we need to reach and motivate millions, and do it rapidly.  Maybe billions of people, I don’t know.  What I do know from decades of experience as an activist is that by far the best way to change minds is to do it one-at-a-time.  In person, slowly, in a way that is meaningful to the student.  And then each student needs to be trained to teach another.  If everyone reaches 5 people in a short time, those 5 can yield 25 rapidly.  Those 25 can become 125, and so on.  This is how movements have been created historically.  No technology is needed, though it can be somewhat helpful.  No leaders are needed, though they too sometimes are useful… Sometimes.  Each one, teach one.  Seems on the face of it like it’s too slow of a method to work – but it has the benefit of proving out time and time again.

Each one, teach one.

Third: “Study history as a mystery” – Dave Emory.  It is important to begin on solid footing, and to do that one must be careful to be accurate in what one teaches.  Part of that comes from knowing what has happened before – – and getting the issue of perspective correct.  You see, when most folks study history they go back a few decades, maybe in a few cases they go back a few centuries.  Then they call it a day, feeling like they’ve learned enough to be ‘wise’.  Well, sorry, no.

It is really important to know what has occurred in the last few centuries.  (Especially, how activists were successful when fighting the previous group of robber barons).  But that only scratches the surface.  Because after all, the history that we have handed down to us mostly stops about 15,000 years ago and tells us that what happened before the invention of writing does not matter.  Funny thing about that – – it just so happens, (and we know this from the hard work of many paleo-anthropologists), that 15,000 years ago happens to also be the date that the Matriarchy was overthrown, and simultaneously when we began to lock up all the food.  It was not the beginning of farming, as we were led to believe.  That had to have been common for roughly 250,000 prior years; or we never would have arisen as a society.  It was simply when some groups decided to deny resources to other groups, and this ‘innovation’ led to the unjust and unbalanced civilization that we experience today.

For possibly a million years prior to ‘recorded’ history, we lived in small, decentralized groups, and most of them were led by their women.  We may have largely forgotten that, but it remains the case that the Nurturers of society are the reason ‘civilization’ was able to arise in the first place.  And so, if we can go back to a methodology where once again the Nurturers are given primacy, we might have a fighting chance of surviving the mess that 15K years of misrule has bequeathed us.  So it’s pretty important that folks get an understanding of the details.  As noted in earlier essays, Daniel Quinn is probably the most accessible writer and philosopher on this topic.  Derrick Jensen and Marvin Harris have also contributed greatly to this understanding, as did Joanna Macy.

So, yes, right now we need to get to the lifeboats.  No doubt about it.  But unless you bring some oars and a map, your time in the lifeboat will be short.  Best to prepare yourself as well as you can, first.

{Originally published on Nov. 6, 2019}

TEACHER SEEKS PUPIL. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person. (From Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael”)

“With mankind gone, how will Gorilla Survive?” –From Daniel Quinn’s “Ishmael”  (Or How we can save the world from Ourselves?”)

The overwhelming amount of daily opinion acting as news and media overload has caused this journalist and Publisher as well as millions of us to seek shelter in Nature.  When one looks at the natural world, we see an ecosystem that works on its own, in balance, in harmony. A bee doesn't need Google to know what to do, a natural metamorphosis and Homeostasis just happens naturally, and birds generally know when danger is near.  One of the biggest flaws in humanity is the notion that "We are here to run this place."

While the United Nations 17 Sustainable Goals have been shared by academics and parliamentarians as well as leaders of various governmental sectors, our flawed and over-compromised communications systems keep most of the public  in the dark of what the public can do to contribute to a healthier world, a world in balance with our Planet. Instead of living in balance and in harmony, we live in dysfunction, disease and constant war. A Society cannot truly thrive when we’re in a constant state of ignorance.

To clearly articulate the possibilities for citizen consumption, we are featuring a few of the many important excerpts from a White Paper by Regina Lamour which is titled: “Sixth wave of innovation, Forth Industrial Revolution and Energy Breakthroughs as levers of Paradigm shift.”

What is influencing our path?
The challenges in this century are enormous and the solutions to address them must be outperforming. The damages caused by the aging industrial capitalism are already threatening all future perspectives. At the same time, the major global mega-trends are adding the pressure on natural systems and humans and will be of a greater importance in the next decades. They are global forces such as Shift in Global Economic Power, Demographic Change, Rapid Urbanization, Raise of Technology, Climate Change and Resource Scarcity (PwC, 2016).

And their implications could have profound effects on the events in the 21st century as well as defense and security environment in which nations operate.

Additionally, we are living in an extremely important moment of our history. In the context of increasing systemic complexity, multiple simultaneous stresses and unprecedented challenges, we are in urgent need to address the aggregated global problems as rapidly and efficiently as possible.


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The 6 th wave of innovation is the new development cycle which will demonstrate how our world is going to look like in this century: will it break-through or will it break-down? Most probably, both will happen synchronously depending on the capacity of different regions to respond to global challenges. The 4 th industrial revolution is the technological progress which is already shaping this new wave, and the choice of the energy technologies to power the next cycle will be determinant for its success.

The climate on our planet is changing faster than predicted. Many official sources announce, that we are heading towards the unprecedented warming scenarios, very likely between +3- 6C°, already by the end of this century. And the speed of change can be explained by the increase in the GHG emissions and little considered earlier factors, such as permafrost fawning and rapid Arctic melting, both extremely powerful catalysts of warming. Moreover, with every additional 1°C, the uncertainty of climate system behaviour will grow. As a result, we have little time left to breakthrough in the 6 th wave, and we increase the probability of costly negative events, such as abrupt climate shifts, economic and social breakdowns, sever
resource-based conflicts, etc., especially, if temperatures continue to raise.

Finally, there is no doubt that science is capable to deliver revolutionary solutions and there is a growing need for cheaper and better energy technologies to respond to the global energy demand which is outpacing the population growth nowadays. Even though, we gain in the
energy efficiency to reduce our energy consumption, the global demand will remain too high to be satisfied without harming the environment.

So, it is perfect time to discuss about the energy breakthroughs at political level and define the criteria of future energy technologies capable to support the UN Millennium development goals, such as the end of the energy poverty on our planet, in a sustainable manner.

Besides, there is the raising voice of younger generations more concerned about the situation and capable to see the importance of new solutions for the future, so, together we can play the pivotal role in the transition to turn the 6th wave of innovation into “Green Kondratieff”, and the 4 th industrial revolution into the “Era of Breakthroughs”. All the efforts to follow this direction will result in a better resilience of regions, towns, villages, organisations, families, a better adaptiveness to many inevitable costly risks and stronger social cohesion which is the main condition to maintain in life the dynamic of transformations and cross the turbulence zone, where we are right now, faster and with less losses.

 

The following vision is built on the Energy Innovation Act designed by the New Energy Movement (US), who is addressing these questions in a systemic way. In current circumstances, the energy breakthroughs are the fastest way to help our civilisation to end all conflicts, poverty and pollution. The potential returns as measured by positive impacts to national security, energy security, human health, the environment, and economics are enormous and incalculable (Breakthrough Power, Garbon, Manning).

SDG 1 and 2: No poverty. Zero hunger.
The energy breakthroughs can supply cheaper and cleaner electricity, heat or cooling, so global standard of living will be greatly improving everywhere. Hunger will disappear as food can be grown with less impact on the environment on restored lands.

SDG 3: Good health and well-being
Clean air is an important component of our health and well-being. Various forms of toxic pollution from combustion of fossil fuels become a historical footnote. The remediation can be achieved through elimination of air pollution via rapid electrification and the implementation of the energy technologies of the next generation across carbon-intensive industries.

SDG 4 and 5: Quality education. Gender equality
Education rates continue to improve throughout the developing world. The interest for new technologies to leapfrog into the forth industrial revolution is now real. Human population stabilizes, women are more active and are playing key role in resources preservation. A tremendous wave of human creativity is unleashed to design a cleaner energy infrastructure and better economic model. The societal progress is accelerated by the global culture of sharing and cooperation.

SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
Water can be finally supplied to communities anywhere on the Earth with help of new technologies extracting it from the air or sea and repeatedly recycling it using low cost energy. The carbon footprint of desalination industry can be dramatically reduced if powered by the
energy breakthroughs.

SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
New energy technologies are the strongest levers to transform the global economy from inside-out. Cessation of environmentally-damaging power generation projects means more small and medium scale infrastructure installations, better security, flexibility and freedom to consumers, turning them into smart and responsible prosumers. Expensive, dangerous, landscape altering power transmission lines become obsolete. The era of technologies such as nuclear is no longer among the solutions to halt the climate change and the energy crises. New energy technologies are receiving larger support and recognition.

SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
The global economy is entering the 6 th wave of the innovation with higher confidence as soon as the economic growth is powered by clean energy technologies which allow to decouple it from the emissions and plug the global economy into new infrastructure. The advanced energy transition is creating even more jobs.

SDG 9, 11 and 12: Industry, innovation, infrastructure. Sustainable cities and communities.
Responsible consumption and production. Greatly increased recycling of wastes made possible by very low cost energy, further reducing the need for environmentally-damaging resource extraction. Great reduction in environmentally-damaging resource extraction and transportation of fossil and nuclear fuels.

SDG 13: Climate action
The energy breakthroughs are the shortest way to achieve the Paris Agreement goals and  reduce the scale of dangerous risks of the global warming. If the R&D in the energy sector is backed up by substantial investments, many technologies will reach the market already in the next decades and allow to cut the emissions by 90% before 2050.

SDG 14 and 15: Life below water. Life on land.
The reparative measures of water and soil by very low-cost energy become possible. Enlightened civilization is choosing a bold new direction of clean cheap power without depleting anything, as people got involved in deciding what energy technologies to support.

SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
The role of institutions is even more important to maintain the balance between different economic, political and military forces. The cost of conflicts and geopolitical tensions related to dwindling fossil fuel supplies and other natural resources, resulting in greatly enhanced national security, reduced U.S. military expenditures, and reduced risk to military personnel and civilians.

SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals
Science is more present in the negotiations what makes political decisions more relevant and there is a closer collaborative work among the best world experts in a variety of specific areas, such as climate, bio-diversity, the energy technology category. It is even more important to see the big picture, the high stakes for our civilisation that are involved in our current choices. It is perfect time to learn together how to turn problems into solutions.

The future is in OUR Hands.

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