The most difficult challenge facing humanity is not devising solutions to the energy crisis or climate crisis or population crisis; rather, it is bringing stories or narratives of the human journey into our collective awareness that empower us to look beyond a future of great adversity and to see a future of great opportunity. What visions of humanity’s journey are sufficiently compelling to transcend age-old differences and bring us together in a common venture of inhabiting the Earth in ways that are sustainable? ~ Duane Elgin, NewStories, Great Transition Stories
Do concerns about the future we are leaving to our children and grandchildren leave you with a worried taste in your mouth, after even the most delicious meal? Let me come to your aid with these tasty offerings. You can choose one, two, or better still the whole lot, since they will hopefully lighten the weight of your worries.
Ecological Education Salad
This light, airy salad includes a wide variety of greens, essential to feed your brain as you try to understand the carbon cycle and sort out which recyclable goes into which bin. This is a great – some would say mandatory – dish for children, to prepare them for the world they will inherit. www.ecoliteracy.org/ecological-education
A delicious mix of lettuce, kale, endive, radicchio, arugula, mizuna, baby beet greens, cress and tatsoi, all grown organically, with no use of pesticides or fertilizers, encouraging our confidence that one day, all our food will be grown organically. http://thinkcanadaorganic.ca/farm/
Vrai Vol au Vent
The real thing! A dish that tastes best on a windy day, when the eggs that fluff it up are whipped by the wind itself, raising the mushrooms to new heights of tastiness. A great replacement for carbon casseroles, if you want to enjoy the experience of being powered by the 100% renewable energy of nature, instead of the dirty energy of the past. http://canwea.ca
A hundred times cheaper than they were forty years ago, these energy-generating delights will give you both power and light. If you want to reduce the amount of coal, oil or gas that’s burnt in your nation’s diet, these are an ideal, tasty goody to help you do so. https://thinkprogress.org/for-the-first-time-solar-will-be-the-top-new-source-of-energy-this-year-749953880f0c
A very crafty dish that will get you from A to B without needing to gas up once using those smelly, bad-tasting fossil fuels. Increasingly popular, especially in Europe. In Norway, 30% of all new drivers are consuming it while driving, and in Holland and Norway it has become so popular that politicians are proposing to ban the consumption of gas-powered ecstase by 2025. www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/norway-to-ban-the-sale-of-all-fossil-fuel-based-cars-by-2025-and-replace-with-electric-vehicles-a7065616.html
Carbon Casserole (off the menu)
A very old-fashioned dish, made from the remains of ancient, 200 million years old trees and marine organisms. It has become a staple of our modern diet, and its use is still increasing, it should be eaten it with care and appreciate it for what it is, since its ingredients are the main cause of the global climate crisis, so it’s good that it’s off the menu. It’s also an expensive dish, since the ingredients have been priced to include a carbon tax to discourage their use. www.vox.com/2015/12/14/10121638/fossil-fuel-dominance
A rare and precious confection that will leave you wanting more. Crafted from people’s highest dreams, and our hopes for a Great Transition that will see us building a new peaceful civilization where humans living in harmony with nature and with each other, all across the world. www.newstories.org/projects/great-transition-stories/
Guy Dauncey is a futurist who works to develop a positive vision of a sustainable future, and to translate that vision into action. He lives with his partner Carolyn Herriot, author of The Zero Mile Diet, near Ladysmith, on Vancouver Island. He is founder of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, co-founder of the Victoria Car Share Cooperative, and the author or co-author of ten books, including The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming and most recently Journey to the Future: A Better World Is Possible.
Featured image used with permission from Mark Henson.