"We must unlearn consumerism while learning the principles of sustainable prosperity and prosumerism." --Randle Billings
In the following pages, you will read about the personal and collective Action Steps sections of Sustainable Prosperity. In these steps, you will find effective and honest action steps that actually CAN be done successfully and that are within either our individual or collective zones of influence. You also will be presented with important personal and collective actions and solutions not currently found or openly discussed within other sustainability, environmental, or climate non-profit organizations.
Important "How To" Tips for Wisely Applying the Following Personal and Collective Sustainable Prosperity Action Steps
The Sustainable Prosperity personal and collective action step sections found on the following pages of this online booklet deal with the most critical areas of needed individual and collective action or change to create and maintain a Sustainable Prosperity for all. Collectively they also encompass a complete, holistic and systemic approach to creating a Sustainable Prosperity.
As you move from the following personal action steps to collective action steps will discover that when applied successfully, these steps will move both individuals and our societies into deep levels of transformation from both the outside in and the inside out. You also will discover the steps are also honest about the difficulties of the greatest adaptive challenge and transformation evolutionary adventure in all of humanity's history.
The most critical things to remember while you are doing the Sustainable Prosperity personal and collective action steps are:
a.) do not be afraid to experiment with all of the recommendations, processes, and solutions.
b.) watch the feedback from your and other's successful Sustainable Prosperity work or other new research. Carefully use that feedback to quickly, continually, and flexibly adapt and "tinker" your efforts until the very best personal, local, and global solutions and methods appear. Always keep in mind that we simply do not have the luxury of wasting time by not evolving our effectiveness at the greatest possible pace!
c.) start with the personal or collective action steps that get you involved fast and then allow you to build a success momentum in areas within your zone of influence in which you can actually make a difference,
d.) work collectively on the action steps that will more readily resolve the challenges creating a Sustainable Prosperity future
e.) work personally and collectively on all of the action steps that build new structures, policies, and where needed, new institutions.
f.) keep in mind “nothing in life is perfect or 100%." Everything is continually in process and evolving. Do not drive yourself crazy trying to do each step of the Sustainable Prosperity personal and collective actions perfectly. For example, after seeing the Cowspiracy documentary, one of our staff members immediately became vegan. This was because they saw becoming a vegan as the most effective thing they personally could do to reduce climate destabilization and protect the environment.
This individual was a lifelong animal and dairy product consumer. They are now still a practicing vegan, but in truth, there are times that they have a small amount of meat fish, meat, or dairy.
By being less than a 100% perfect vegan they have reduced their total animal and dairy product consumption by 85% to 90% and have maintained that level of reduction. That is a huge improvement and a massive reduction in agribusiness-related carbon and methane polluting the environment from just one person’s personal action.
So, be kind to yourself. You will not do anything consistently perfectly even if you try.
g.) “Making trade-offs is natural, good, and necessary.” It also is derived a bit from the “Nothing in life is perfect or 100%." principle above.
What we mean by making trade-offs is natural, good, and necessary is that you will want to be flexible in how you work towards applying all of the recommended personal and collective actions. There will without a doubt, be some areas of your life that you will want to at least temporarily maintain a bit of pleasure and enjoyment while you are dramatically improving the sustainability of your lifestyle and livelihood in other areas. As a good example of this, another staff member has been highly diligent in following almost all of the action steps recommended in this Sustainable Prosperity booklet except that they have made a conscious and intentional choice to keep their high-performance sports car and not go to electric or hybrid for their day-to-day transportation.
Their logic on this was that they are making so many improvements and sacrifices in so many other sustainability areas that they did not want to become a climate or sustainability martyr and not maintain some essential transitional pleasures and joys in their life that would help keep them happy and sane as well as staying on their overall Sustainable Prosperity program.
This person also absolutely loves driving. To them driving should be immensely pleasurable so that you "enjoy the journey" not just the destination. This individual also believes that this natural and necessary indulgence or "free pass" was an acceptable trade-off because --- not only were they at high levels of sustainability success in other areas, this high-performance sports car also was one of the highest mileage, lowest emission cars in its class and, in lower emissions, it was comparable to vehicles at or just slightly above the hybrid car category.
So, please give yourself and others a break in making negative judgments about others making necessary trade-offs and keeping some flexibility with their creative personal and collective Sustainable Prosperity actions.
The critical "how-to" areas above are not enacted sequential, but wherever possible go on simultaneously.
Keep in Mind That Sustainability and Environmental Related Science is Constantly Evolving
We will always quickly amend or update our Sustainable Prosperity information any time more current and reliable new climate research becomes available. As with all scientific facts, we openly acknowledge that it is based only upon the sparsity of today's current state of research. Because of this wise and continual openness to scientific falsification, we invite you to always make up your own mind as to the usefulness and validity of our current conclusions regarding the future and what must be done NOW to resolve it.
If you think that we have made an error in presenting any data when viewed from a systems thinking and meta-systemic viewpoint, we invite you to use the comment field at the bottom of the page containing the information that you disagree with. In this field, present your precise criticism and counter-information.
The current environmental data is so bleak that there is nothing that our organization would like better than to be proven absolutely wrong on our climate and environmental research data and predictions. All of our future lives would be so much happier, easier, and better if the core of Sustainable Prosperity and Job One for Humanity Plan information was simply wrong on its most important conclusions and projections.
You are now ready to start the personal and collective action steps!
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