Good news. We aren't talking about homicides here!
BUT, we are wanting to explore and drill in on some of the more debatable aspects of Transition.
We are in pursuit of evidence that helps us get on - and stay on - the right line of inquiry and action, for a REAL TRANSITION.
In our way are many false leads, alibis, politics, sometimes ignorant people and those who don't want us to know about the unsustainability of their misdemeanours. And then there are those who blatantly disregard the consequences of their activities or just think they will never be caught up with.
The Real Transition is the journey towards the destination of net zero green house gas emissions and general prosperity - taking into account the need to halt all of that which is unsustainable in the long term. This requires us to have a clear head and to follow an iterative process that is evidence based, transparent and fair. Here at THQ we know how to do this now.
A point to note is that transition is not necessarily simple. We'd be fools to think we know how a sector, business or individual might plan and execute their own transition. But we can be inquisitive, helpful and supportive - especially when it comes to sharing what we are learning, what is working and what is not!
So the mission requires us to:
- Politics, Government and big business are heading in the right direction? We doubt it*. They don't really want to disrupt business as usual and this has huge consequences.
- The majority of people care about the big picture? The majority don't care about anything other than themselves, their income and what goes on within their immediate vicinity and within their family. This is human nature and we have to work with it.
- That folks understand Climate change, Ecosystem overshoot and a that there is a Transition to do? Generally we don't, that is why we all need to be engaged in ongoing and programmatic learning, trial and error.
- Marketing gets paid for by someone for some reason. 99% of the time its going to add to the problems of the 'unsustainability' we have, while getting paid a packet.
- Green-wash, Fad wash, Sustainability wash, Money wash and a whole host of 'Post Truth era' memes usually don't stand a first or second round of critical questioning. But they can confuse the heck out of us until we have done our homework.
- Things are often not as they seem. Complex legal arrangements, slick story telling and legacy relationships may be difficult to untangle and expose.
- Scientists, academics, front-line social and health workers have lived experience and data about the condition of the system and what lies ahead. Find these people and include them in the process and work you are doing.
- Follow the money to see who's interests are being served. This may be the fastest way to identify unsustainable points in the system.
- Engineers know how systems work now, and also how they will need to work in future. They can tell you the truths about the transition, based on arithmetic, what is truly sustainable and what is not.
* If Government and big business knew what they were doing then perhaps, Auckland would have had light rail 20 years ago, the electricity sector would still be a centrally managed national system, there wouldn't have been circa 17 reports and still
a container port in central Auckland, Fonterra wouldn't be as dependent on coal as it still is, and more recently, we wouldn't have spent nearly $250M (and counting) on the Hydrogen story. As taxpayers facing into a massive transition, mounting inflation and debt, and leadership that behaves like kids in a lolly scramble, we might be wondering, hmmm..."Perhaps us citizens better discover and do what we can at our local level, at the very least?"
While we may or may not be interested in being a detective, critical thinking and questioning
are crucial skills to acquire for the work of enabling the Real Transition. And as we mentioned here
, the "5 whys" and "so what" questions can be incisive when building a picture of the problem or
in front of us.
This is a complex and broad case, but one we have to close. It also helps to be part of a community that is doing the detective work of the Real Transition. This is where you learn methods, practices and get up to date insights. Building a diverse picture with other curious and learning people helps us become more effective personally and collectively... one day you might even get to ask... "just
one more thing?".
Learn more about the Real Transition Leaders
course and community here
This weeks quote
"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.
- Joel A Barker
Grant Symons - The Transition Guy