Since Future Planet is such a great name and concept, you probably wonder: why change? After much reflection, deliberation, creative brainstorming and deep consideration, we decided upon a new name that we think better reflects what we stand for—namely systems change brought about by an alliance of individuals and groups working together to create a more livable planet.
But what is systems change and why do we need it? Many social, economic and environmental critics blame the main problems in the world on humanity itself, on us, on the individuals. Climate change is caused by human folly and lack of individual action, they claim. The cutting of the rainforest and most other environmental problems are caused by human consumption and food habits–we buy too much stuff, we waste too much electricity, we throw away too much plastic trash, and we eat too much meat. And poverty? That is caused by lack of education and technology.
It is the system of deregulated capitalism—not just you and me–which has created the economic and political policies that are the main causes of species extinction, resource depletion, economic inequality and exploitation of the poor.
Sure, there is some truth to those claims. We do have to take personal responsibility for our actions. But when we really look closer, however, we learn that in the past few decades we have experienced a destructive economic revolution which has created both obscene wealth as well as extreme poverty, both magnificent scientific innovations as well as catastrophic levels of environmental destruction.
It is the system of deregulated capitalism—not just you and me–which has created the economic and political policies that are the main causes of species extinction, resource depletion, economic inequality and exploitation of the poor. The corporate capitalist system itself—and its subsystems of oil and coal giants, obscenely wealthy billionaires, chemical corporations, industrial farming giants and centralized meat industries—that is the system which has devoured our planet’s resources and increased economic inequality. That system, controlled by an elite minority, largely rules over humanity by holding our deregulated economy, our corrupt political processes, and our commercial media outlets in tight control.
It’s time we get our shift together! Let’s create both local and planetary systems change—together!
A growing number of people and organizations today have understood that this is the system we need to change. Therefore, we decided to have a name that more directly reflect who we are and what we want to achieve: to create local and global systems change in alliance with individuals and likeminded organizations. Through our collective vision of a more resilient and equitable economy and a livable planet, let us come together and create a better world, not only for humanity, but for the animals and plants as well. It’s time we get our shift together! Let’s create both local and planetary systems change—together!
Photo by Priscilla Gyamfi