There are thousands of experiments responding to or anticipating the climate crisis. Far fewer experiments in new forms of governance and new ways of having an economy. So long as the effect of economic activity is to siphon off wealth from the society into a small, say the .01%, group of asset owners, cynicism will prevail and turn to bloody violence before too long. Thus we need experiments, we need good thinking about how these experiments interrelate so they are not compromising each other, and we need a new economics and a new governance. The odds are not terrific of getting from here to there in a straight line. Holders of wealth would rather kill off a large part of the world’s people, through the slow death of incarceration and civil strife while barricading temselves, than find ways to redistribute assetrs (which no one knows how to do). Better odds, but frightening, is that we will get there but after some serious warfare, sorting out the world’s resources under a new climate.
Lets start with a plausible good future.
I assume for the moment that we have had crisis: maybe a lot. How can we come out of it? Assume the following distribution of needed work.
Since most people want to live in a mix of nature and civilization, why don’t we use our wealth to go there? Not a plan but intent. To humanize and green every aspect of our lives.
Society is facing a crisis. People will need to be included, and redeployed away from consumption and pollution to relationships, art and intense practicality. In the transition people will have a hard time. The goal however can give hope and roles. I see the following emerging major sectors of useful employment.
- 1. Green everything, landscape remediation, aesthetics, climate remediation, and food.
2. Health and the care, feeding and housing and occupying of all those hurt by the very messy process of transitioning, since people will have to give up places of living for the new opportunities. Jobs will change and places to live will be repurposed. This is a combination of health, medicine and fitness. Distribution of income, distribution of food and temporary to permanent re-housing.
3. Management of 1 and 2 will be huge. Including the unfortunately needed security as people are hurting and in flux.
4. The art and education to support 1-3
5. Making needed things.
There will be more, but these are the main sectors.