It is time to rethink. All attempts to adapt to global warming, ocean acidification, and biodiversity loss are doomed to fail. Adaptation strategies – short-term as well as long-term – are counter-productive, because they avoid the root cause of the social and ecological crisis: the capitalist system. Capitalism has never been about self-imposed limitation or about creating a better world for all. Socially responsible capitalism and green capitalism are oxymorons.
Time is running out, but we are hopeful. We believe that it is still possible to change direction, still possible to solve the crisis – if we come together and create a society that enables us to live well within the planetary boundaries. However, the transformation to a democratically governed and ecologically literate society requires a paradigm shift, a new revolution.
From a survival perspective, it is obvious that we need new forms of democracy and new forms of solidarity, but also new forms of cross-border collaboration at all geographic levels. At the local level, the root level of a thriving planet, we need new relations to the web of life, to everything from the food we eat to the people who surround us.
Democracy and creativity
Although the crisis is deep and the future uncertain, there is no reason to stop imagining the good life, a more meaningful and responsible way of living. As more and more people live in cities, it is becoming increasingly important to develop our potential together with others and, more specifically, to explore the socio-ecological possibilities of the urban.
The city as a place for change is therefore both radically democratic and radically creative. We believe that democratic cities and neighborhoods, the emerging spaces of creative interaction, are fundamental to the development of a society where we care for our fellow human beings while contributing to healthy ecosystems and a healthy planet.
Initiative for regeneration
Gottfridsberg Regeneration is an independent initiative that aims to make the Gottfridsberg district of Linköping, Sweden, a place for learning, sharing, and socio-ecological regeneration. As citizens, system changers, and critical researchers, we hope to contribute to the creation of a sustainable society.
In our view, this is a society with: democratic governance at all levels; ecosystem-oriented social and cultural practices; free access to information; safe and healthy environments for all; neighborhood-integrated education and research; neighborhood-integrated food and energy production; and, to make everything work together, globally interconnected, collaborative networks of neighborhoods, cities, and regions.