2022

Radical Dreaming

This season’s holidays provided the much needed down time to go through my writing note books, incomplete posts and projects. Amongst the sprawls and scribbles I found the half written poem “Radical Dreaming”. After watching Don’t Look Up and with New Years Eve rapidly approaching, I decided to rework the poem into a post as an intention for the new year rather than traditional New Year resolutions.

So what’s your radical dream for 2022? here’s mine!

Radical Dreaming

Capitalism is a corruption of love.

In our desire to own and possess ourselves through our possessions we have neglected and exploited the natural resources which quite literally provide us with heaven on Earth. We have over consumed our path towards planet destruction like the Ouroboros devouring it’s own tail. But just as the mythical beast can symbolise death and rebirth, creation and destruction this moment is an opportunity to reimagine and birth a new society.

If capitalism is a corruption of love then a reformation of love can save us.

And as ‘Courage’ originates from the Latin “cor” for heart, it is time to be courageous. We need to act from the heart because we must act outside of our own comforts, interests and egos to work collectively to tackle climate change. We must risk our freedoms by defending the right to protest.

We need to be brave. Brave enough to put down distractions-whether they be digital, consumerism or the bottom of the “locally brewed” bottle. It’s time to be accountable and refuse to support the system which is depleting and deleting our planet. It’s time to reclaim our seat at the table or starve to death as our planet dies. It is going to be uncomfortable. But with community we will get through it. If we acknowledge the seriousness of the problem but dream outside of the current antiquated structures, we can build governance systems founded on empathy and equality not elite capital gain. We are so used to acquisitive ideals that alternative models sound like fairy tales or distant dreams but in reality many are living in a daily nightmare.

I know that individuals can’t recycle their way out of climate change – it takes structural changes by governments and corporations – I can question the motivations of my actions and purchases. Thus making changes that may be uncomfortable at first, but in the long term lead to a more fulfilled way of life. Ultimately joining with others to work towards those common goals that respect and empower the wider society and our planet.

My intentions for 2022

Reduce online time.

https://erjjiostudios.com/environment/the-internets-environmental-impact-how-you-can-help/

Stop buying new clothes (and photo frames…cushions… etc)

https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/news/the-uks-fast-fashion-habit-is-getting-worse-and-its-destroying-the-planet/

https://www.freecycle.org/

https://www.traid.org.uk/

Reduce food waste and learn how to grow and preserve food

https://www.gov.uk/apply-allotment

https://toogoodtogo.co.uk/en-gb

https://www.yourlocalpantry.co.uk/

Join a local group/ community.

https://www.sistersuncut.org/ https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/ https://theleap.org/our-work/ http://www.wftucentral.org/ https://extinctionrebellion.uk/ https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/show-the-love

Show The Love – Activity Pack

Always choose LOVE

Rest In External Power – Bell Hooks

8 responses to “2022”

  1. Happy healthy new year. Write on.

    1. I’m trying lol lets see what 2022 brings! Do you have any resolutions you think I could add?

      1. Maybe we all can just be civil to each other.

  2. Some great points in this post and I admire your resolutions…Thank you for the links and thank you for following CarolCooks2 🙂 Happy New Year 🙂

    1. Thank you for taking the time to read! After following your blog I should add more ! lol xx

  3. The corporations need to stop feeding us so much plastic. Look around your house. The amount of plastic is insane when you think about it.
    I try to re-use as much as I can since I have come to understand that plastic recycling is pretty much a myth.
    But I can’t use 100 plastic jars to keep screws and nails in.
    I would love to try the “buy nothing new” plan. I almost ordered a new pair of Levi’s this weekend but thought I could wait. Not sure I can wait until 2023 though!
    Besides food, we are doing good so far. But, since almost all food comes in plastic we aren’t doing much to address the plastic problem.
    To avoid becoming frustrated I tell my self that the little things all of us do can and will make a difference.

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