We Turn 2030 Manifesto
It is said that knowledge leads to altering ones’ habits and this is what I hope for. I’ve chosen to invite you, as my audience, on this learning journey to gather just the right amount of qualitative knowledge to influence my own thoughts and habits to become sustainable. I hope that my journey will inform and inspire you in the process.
My “travels” will be brought about by delving into projects and by interviewing experts, laymen, entrepreneurs and anyone that is passionate about sustainability – in order for you and I to get qualitative knowledge about what we can do today to make a we-turn towards accumulative actions that have a positive and sustainable effect for ourselves and the flora and fauna we share this planet with.
On my quest for knowledge, my daughter’s stuffed polar bear is leading the way, sort of speak. As a relay and a reminder to myself about how my daughter and her generation are the ones that will “inherit” the planet we are governing. A native American proverb says that our children lent us the planet, as to say that we should handle it with care – it is not ours to plunder, mistreat or be indifferent about.
The stuffed polar bear is also a symbol worn thin of what is happening to our climate. As a relay it will start multiple places and be sent on to the next person or group of people by the the first person or group, I or my followers wishes to be interviewed.
By doing this there is no telling where “chance” or rather the accumulation of knowledge will send it or rather us on to!
So what do I mean by sustainable habits and development?
The UN has put it quite simply and eloquently “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987).
One thing is certain - none of us are perfect, but I do believe that we can all strive to follow or hopes instead of our fears and surely the first will bring us closer to a desired and sustainable lifestyle. Let’s focus on what we can and should do instead of what we should do less of.
Instead of thinking I should drive less, eat less meat, buy less stuff etc. We could turn it around and think I should walk, run and bike more, I should eat more vegetables and I should use more money on exercise, massages and other services (instead of on stuff, we might not really need) and that way our goals can lead us to a more sustainable lifestyle not only by lowering our carbon foot print, but also by keeping ourselves healthier. In other words our problems has the onset to become our solutions!