As regular readers of Green Fire Times may know, this publication often covers topics having to do with the interrelationship of community, culture, the environment and the regional economy. Some editions are developed around particular themes, such as Renewable Energy, Sustainable Tourism, Healthy Living, or next month’s Native American Green: Indigenous Solutions. Occasionally, however, as article submissions come in, a theme we had not intended presents itself. Such is the case this month as a number of articles, in different ways, address concepts of Societal Change and Activism.

The interview with Foster and Kimberly Gamble, producers of the film THRIVE, is a case in point. THRIVE examines how our current systemic societal illness operates. The film discusses existing networks that enable a remarkably few people to shape the world’s economy, and, according to author John Robbins, determine what is known and what is not, which views are accepted and which are not, what priorities and values prevail, whether we will live in war or peace, and how our treasures will be spent. “Their worldview is riddled with fear and ignorance of the abundance of nature and the love and interconnectedness that is our essence,” says Foster Gamble. The solutions the Gambles and THRIVE’s “solution groups” propose to transition from “corporate personhood” to a sustainable economy are grounded in things that we all can do that don’t take a lot of time and money.

 

The Eden Gardens Project article presents a practical approach to self-reliance. It is an off-grid integrated local food and energy production system that is not dependant on a potentially vulnerable supply chain. On a related note, you will also find a group of articles related to our region’s water supply, and what dedicated individuals and groups have been doing to address potential significant threats of contamination.

As these individuals and groups working for change around the world take the skills and passions they have been using so effectively locally, and get aligned philosophically and electronically, it’s what author Paul Hawken describes as the greatest emerging social movement in history. One of the key ways to support this movement is to support independent media, such as this publication, because it fosters these types of conversations.