Governments are not listening to scientists. They tell us that once we pass the tipping point we will have runaway climate change, and the earth will migrate to a temperature of +5 degrees. At 5 degrees, we now refer to a map promulgated by Nasa – public information, if you draw a line level round the world at a point level with Paris, everything below that line is uninhabitable. That means that by the end of this century there’ll only be 1 billion people left. We don’t know if we’re passed the tipping point, all we know is we’re very close to it. It will all be very clear within the space of a generation.

The problem is Rot$ which is the name I give to the Rotten Financial System – monopoly capitalism. It’s the cause of climate change, and the financial crisis, and the solution is the One World Economy which is founded on the moral that what nature gives us free cannot be privately owned: not land, not airwaves, not underground. That this should take the form of rent which is paid into the public purse, one tax only (no income tax). Many economists are now moving towards this shift. But there isn’t time.

But there is a new hope, scientists are on the march, they have a plan to re-wild the world and this can happen so quickly, within the space of a human generation. Remember this timespan. It could be back to what it was 100, 200 years ago and this would give us time to transfer to a new economic system.

One thing for sure, if we do survive, we will have different values. What can you do to prepare for this? Just a couple of suggestions: if you don’t have a car, don’t get one. If you do have one, use it as little as possible and keep it for the rest of your life: don’t buy a new one. If you live in London you don’t need a car, a car is a box full of plastic, it’s invention is the biggest factor in the breakdown of communities – it means you don’t engage with the world, you just ride the world. Life is much more adventurous without it.

For example, a mother may take an hour every morning taking her children to their chosen school, much better if your children go to the local school, ok so it’s supposed to be a terrible school, not ticking the right boxes. I was a teacher, I still am, education is about giving children the confidence to self-educate, it’s not about ticking boxes, so you would have to engage with your child more, you’d have to help them with their education; and it would be great if you were also involved with the school to help bring up the standard of the school. In this case you’d get more involved with other parents. This is the new world: start now. We’ve got people working for us, whose wage covers the cost of childcare. You have to put your personal life before your job. Your biggest responsibility is your children.

Example two, I told Chiki and his friends: engage with the world. You have to read, you get out what you put in, a film is a story about other people, a book is a story about you. I gave Chiki three books to rotate with two of his friends. He’s mixed race American, so I chose books about white Americans, ‘Of Mice and Men’ John Steinbeck, ‘Catcher in the Rye’ Salinger and the third book, Pinocchio – all greats in world literature. Pinocchio’s been translated into more languages than the bible. Collodi, the author, was a theatre critic, and the writing is a model of the power of language. It was written for kids, it’s about a puppet who wanted to become a boy, what greater story could there be. My three friends have really got into this, I don’t know whether they’re going to extend their circle or just stay the three of them.

I sent them an article on Anthony Ray Hinton. He was a victim of misrule of law by government; an innocent man, arrested at random and convicted by a court in Alabama. He was on death-row for 50 years and formed a book club within the jail for his own sanity. In those years, the members of the club all went to the electric chair, but he was finally freed thanks to the Supreme Court unanimously overturning the conviction in 2015.

But there is talk of forming a band and featuring the story of Pinocchio. This is an easy thing to do and I want other kids to consider it, I’d be really happy if there were 10 bands in different parts of the world. And I hope other people form book clubs.

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  1. Dear Vivienne, some of these stories are horrifying. I have been around long enough to know that as far as the climate is concerned no one has really listened to the reliable scientists for years and years and years and years…..need I go on!

    I recall moderate media coverage over 30 years ago about Aerosols and the Ozone… one listened, not really listened, some pretended to but as they say “actions speak louder” etc etc and…by their “Fruit” etc etc. The degradation is growing at a faster rate than any action can muster to put things right I fear! We can all do our little bits but then the trick is joining them all up together! In the name of radicalism (which is ridiculous to refer to it as such)there must be a way of achieving, no “saturating” world media and putting in a programme that will bring people (even the politicians)to a irreversible conclusion not to drop the cause of caring and undertaking to help restore not just save our lovely planet. (I wish)!!!! Keep it up Vivienne and gather more help and achieve more impact! Who are the true enemies of the cause???? Get these on board and there’s half a chance!!!!
    Best always.

    Comment by Alan Cable on 24/08/2018 at 12:22 pm

  2. If I told you that an inspirational African-American woman and entrepreneur with plenty of chances in Big Business had turned her back on that to bring solar power to the most disenfranchised – the rural poor on the African continent – in a way that would sustainably improve their health outcomes, education (esp of girls), local industry (incl cottage sewing industry) and had ZERO impact on the environment, would you believe me? Nicole Poindexter of Black Star Energy / Energicity has already brought green light and power to over 50,000 rural Africans in Ghana who aren’t rich enough to be of interest to the big power co’s who have avoided the rural sector. She’s about to the do the same with a UN contract in Sierra Leone and more in Nigeria. But she has the cards stacked against her: she’s a woman, she’s black and she’s standing up for the poorest of the poor. Finding investors even in this day and age when Melinda Gates is advocating for more venture capitalists to invest in women and people of colour, Nicole doesn’t need *enough* capital to be worth any venture capitalist’s time: they need big investments of millions of dollars to justify spending their time on, not smaller scale projects that only need hundreds of thousands of dollars. Black Star provides energy at scale (so people can create cottage industries and not just charge their phones) cheaper than anyone else in the solar business in Africa, but it can’t get angel funding. A great idea without enough connections with pull in the world. Is it any wonder that we’re in the climate mess we’re in when it’s more profitable to invest in plastics and fossil fuels for the well-to-do than sustainable green energy for the world’s poorest?

    Comment by Leslie Kenny on 05/11/2018 at 12:21 pm