“Systemic inequality reduces the sustainability and resilience of society as a whole. Capital tends to reproduce itself and become more consolidated and centralized over time—that’s its purpose—but only some members of society are motivated or able to set aside money and goods for the purpose of capital accumulation. Inequality is also created, sustained, and worsened over time through institutionalized racism, which results in chronic conditions of poverty and lack of access. Ultimately, promoting equity will require strategies like cooperative ownership of business and expanding the commons—the cultural and natural resources that should be accessible to all members of a society, and not privately owned.”
– Richard Heinberg
You are invited to participate in @WhatsNextForEarth’s art call Social Justice open until June 30, 2023. What’s Next for Earth is a participative art project on Instagram that invites artists to respond to a series of topics, reflecting on the human predicament. An online exhibition will be on view on this website and the MAHB website, in the arts section.
What’s Next for Earth is following the Think Resilience course by Post Carbon Institute, one lesson at a time. Social Justice is part of Chapter 5 (scroll down to see a description of the course).
How to participate
Important note: You need an Instagram account that is public to participate in What’s Next for Earth.
Sign up for the THINK RESILIENCE FREE ONLINE COURSE if you did not do it before. The best is to watch all the lessons before this one to get an overview of the Human Predicament. Each video is related to the previous one. If you do not have the time, PLEASE READ THE VIDEO TRANSCRIPT of “Social Justice,” lesson 18.
1. Please make artwork or share a project in response to the Think Resilience lesson #18: Social Justice.
2. Post it on your Instagram page. Please include a description of your piece in your photo’s caption:
– title, technique, size,
– explain how it relates to the theme,
– Choose an excerpt of the lesson (you can copy and paste from the video transcript).
3. Copy and paste all these tags at the end of your description – select the whole list (from top to bottom), and copy and paste them in your post right after the description of your piece:
Follow What’s Next for Earth on Instagram!
If you have any questions, please send an email to: email@example.com
Think Resilience Course
“Acting without this understanding
is like putting a bandage on a life-threatening injury.”
Think Resilience is hosted by Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s leading experts on the urgency and challenges of moving society away from fossil fuels.
We live in a time of tremendous political, environmental, and economic upheaval. What should we do?
Think Resilience is an online course offered by Post Carbon Institute to help you get started on doing something. It features twenty-two video lectures—about four hours total—by Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s foremost experts on the urgency and challenges of transitioning society away from fossil fuels. Think Resilience is rooted in Post Carbon Institute’s years of work in energy literacy and community resilience. It packs a lot of information into four hours, and by the end of the course you’ll have good start on two important skills:
1. How to make sense of the complex challenges society now faces. What are the underlying, systemic forces at play? What brought us to this place? Acting without this understanding is like putting a bandage on a life-threatening injury.
2. How to build community resilience. While we must also act in our individual lives and as national and global citizens, building the resilience of our communities is an essential response to the 21st century’s multiple sustainability crises.
The links take you to the corresponding What’s Next for Earth’s online exhibitions:
CHAPTER 1: Our Converging Crises
- Lesson 2 – Energy
- Lesson 3 – Population and Consumption
- Lesson 4 – Depletion
- Lesson 5 – Pollution
CHAPTER 2: The Roots and Results of Our Crises
- Lesson 6 – Social Structure
- Lesson 7 – Belief Systems
- Lesson 8 – Biodiversity
- Lesson 9 – Collapse
CHAPTER 3: Making Change
- Lesson 10 – Thinking in Systems
- Lesson 11 – Shifting Cultural Stories
- Lesson 12 – Culture Change & Neuroscience
CHAPTER 4: Resilience Thinking
- Lesson 13 – What is Resilience?
- Lesson 14 – Community Resilience in the 21st Century
- Lesson 15 – Six Foundations for Building Community Resilience
CHAPTER 5 – Economy and Society
- Lesson 16 – How Globalization Undermines Resilience
- Lesson 17 – Economic Relocalization
- Lesson 18 – Social Justice
- Lesson 19 – Education
CHAPTER 6 – Basic Needs and Functions
- Meeting Essential Community Needs
- Resilience in Major Sectors
- Review, Assessment & Action