Family climate and ecological emergency

Post Carbon Transition
This is a mobilisation within civil society, situated between the individual and the state, focusing on extended families as existing affinity groups with shared ambitions, mutual care and affection, and being able encourage each other and minimise the anxieties (including birthstrike) that could emerge during the transition to a low carbon economy. Designed to expedite the transition and reduce the chances of it stalling through lack of social cohesion. With few exceptions, families include members from different generations, so that declarations imply a level of commitment to climate justice.
Most world citizens are member of extended families, and declarations based on necessity could have the virtue of bringing families closer together in this common purpose. It is a model that is replicable across the globe and will be supported by a website and disseminated through social media.
The first part of the declaration is to become better informed, leading to individual and collective behaviour tending towards best practice, committing to reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2030, with the heavy-lifting by 2025.
Having identified the initial limits of the family, an assembly could be held to build the necessary mutual understanding of, and preparation for, the task ahead (inc adopting/sharing a footprinting programme). Matters for discussion could include, diet, domestic and foreign travel, offsetting/swapping, financial investments, migration, business/employment emissions, biodiversity protection/enhancement, lobbying/rebelling, consumption patterns/choices, home energy/lighting/heating, reporting/recording. Engagement, particularly across continents, could be enabled through video conferencing. The family could be extended through individual or collective adoption of landscapes (eg national park) or endangered species, and taking action to help protect and enhance chosen ecological relatives.
Commitments (with rewards?) should be made to lobby and rebel in respect of systemic emissions for which the family is not directly responsible (eg health services, police, building green infrastructure).

 

Actor(s)

General public

 

Trigger (intervention)

 

Criticality

 

Feedback Dynamics

 

Timescale and scaleability

 

Resistance

 

Author

Daniel Scharf

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