Reminder: Living Between Worlds. | Glasgow: What now? | Trimtabs: 1-on-1 | Hope
LIVING BETWEEN WORLDS
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Last month we explored four-letter words, starting with hope and fear. (h^t Meg Wheatley.) My plan for this month was to visit the four-letter word “plan,” and in the wake of the Glasgow climate summit we’ll do just that, both conceptually and pragmatically.
GLASGOW: What happened. What didn’t happen. What was revealed. What now.
In a nutshell: Progress and disappointment at COP26, perhaps inevitably. An overwhelming lack of urgency…that was likely though not inevitable.
It’s hard to move even one complex organization—the wheels of bureaucracy grind exceedingly slow—let alone a complex planetary culture. But it’s telling that the largest single delegation in Glasgow was the fossil fuel industry. Even more chilling, for me, behind the great difficulty of getting a clear commitment to the absolutely fundamental step of ending fossil fuel subsidies—which after all are the way that we tax ourselves to pay ourselves to destroy ourselves—was the shocking discovery that this is the first time “fossil fuels” were even mentioned in a COP draft in 25 years! Can you imagine how stuck we are?!
What now? Well, let’s talk about that Wednesday. My initial speculation: Politics, though deeply disappointing, still matters, and despair and abandonment will just make make things worse. But elections aren’t the only or the key domain of action; keep your eye on the streets, picket lines, and shopping carts. My own attention and efforts are focused on the innovation and action in business, finance—and the stories we tell ourselves.
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“Hope is not a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky. It is an axe you break down doors with in an emergency. Hope should shove you out the door, because it will take everything you have to steer the future away from endless war, from the annihilation of the earth’s treasures and the grinding down of the poor and marginal… To hope is to give yourself to the future – and that commitment to the future is what makes the present inhabitable.”
― Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark