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HOPE IS GREEN
The efforts of today and tomorrow towards The Great Transition [Den Store Omstilling] are mere parts of a long list of initiatives, innovations, experiments, collaborations and conflicts that will last for generations. A process where the new must rise up from the midst of the old. The difficult thing is that it is difficult. The good thing is knowing that there is no other way way and that everyone has a role to play. This is what Information’s Jørgen Steen Nielsen has written in the new edition of his book Den Store Omstilling (The Great Transition). It can be hard not to become discouraged when we are confronted with the enormity of the crises that the world faces. We can discuss the causes and chronology but the conclusion is, and will remain, the same; if we attempt to solve the current economic crisis with traditional growth from the traditional industries, the accelerating fuel and energy crisis will escalate. If we intensify the efforts to exploit the planet’s last fossil resources, the economic and ecological crisis will deepen. One crisis will affect the next if we continue to use the solutions of the past to solve the problems of the future. This is because it is our system, our way of thinking, our very way of being, which is in crisis. This is why the new must rise up from the midst of the old. This is why there is a need for “a great transition”.
THE DUTY TO HOPE
The combination of the ecological and the economic crisis has increased the divide and brought the problem to a head. It moves dangerously close when the central European rivers overflow and flood both motorways and medieval towns and leave the already crisis-stricken European economy with bills of up to 100 billion DKK as it did during the last flooding in 2002. Back then the meteorologists called it a “once in a century phenomenon”. We can agree that politicians across the world lack the will – and possibly the skills – to do something fundamental with the discrepancy between the world’s sustainability and the scale of the world economy. But we can’t give politicians all the responsibility. Our own individual attempts towards sustainability can feel like a trek in the desert exacerbated by drought. A drop in the ocean where sea levels are rising. It can seem utterly overwhelming but everything starts and ends with us. It is our own small steps that can make a world of difference.
WE ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION
There is a deep concern and a great engagement amongst Information’s readers in how we can convert the perspectives in Den Store Omstilling [The Great Transition] to concrete actions. This engagement is becoming more and more related to how we can, both individually and collectively, become part of the solution. It is this interest and engagement that are the foundation for the campaign “What do we do now? Our transition to a sustainable future”. Information is running the campaign in collaboration with DR (Danish Television) and it is our hope to shed light upon many promising initiatives and stories. Everything that take place outside of the political leader’s sphere of awareness is often also off the mainstream radar. These initiatives are often small and manifold but they are growing and gaining momentum. In Information’s mission statement, we proclaim that we must “inform the public on conflicting points of view and draw attention to disparities between words and action”. “We should take some of our own medicine and must shamefully admit that our own efforts towards green transition are far from as effective as the sustainable initiatives started by citizens and businesses that are described in this newspaper. We are not pioneers when it comes to reducing our own energy consumption and we cannot use lack of knowledge as an excuse”. Maybe it’s caused by the psychology of transition – it is a conflict between paralysis and action, fear and hope, isolation and community. There are violent powers at play in the atmosphere, on the planet and within ourselves.
BELIEVE IN GOOD STORIES
In the campaign “What do we do now? Our transition to a sustainable future”, Information is on the look out for stories of transition that have four attributes; they should be of benefit for the community, they should be inspirational, they must be shareable and – if the project gains greater impact – must have a measurable effect. You can find more information on the campaign and how you can contribute on Information´s website. Dagbladet Information and Aarhus Affairs believe that good stories and concrete examples can help sustainable development gather speed. Naïve optimism doesn’t help – quite the contrary. System critique is still central to Information’s contribution towards The Great Transition but it is just as important that we strive to spread stories that can give hope. Green hope flourishes best when we share ideas and insights.
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