Does the key to climate salvation lie in community builders?

Photos: Andy Paradise. Participatory installation at Royal Albert Hall opening up conversations around social issues with the public

Perhaps real change would come from mindset shifts — instead of looking at potential X revenue from X amount of sponsorship, chuck the accounting mindset away and act from a place of civic responsibility and care.

On the flip side, there needs a certain level of privilege in financial stability to be able to give fully without expecting the work to be paid for. In other words, circumstances prevent us from dedicating to impact work full time if we don’t have an additional source of income or wealth because we won’t be able to sustain ourselves. We’ve created a world in which the poor (in terms of accessible resources, highly valued skills, social capital, wealth etc) has to put in a lot of time and effort to be able to afford to live. Not everyone has the privilege of achieving their maximum potential. Some are sinply busy staying alive.

What if we worked to create a culture of gift, contributing to community funds to allow for bottom up organising to be supported?

In a world and environment that constantly pushes us to innovate, monetise and exploit, giving is an act of resistance against this dominant culture. Giving without expecting returns is a statement against the cultures of capitalism that has brought us an ecological crisis almost impossible to reverse. Exploitation to maximise profits and serve human needs have been the dominant cultural narrative taken for granted. Balance is essential to our ecosystem but we've tipped that balance. Tackling this problem isn't an accounting game — buying carbon credits to offset produced pollution for the feel good factor. It would require a fundamental shift in the ways we act on our agency to create change, motivated by civic responsibility to ensure an inhabitable planet for future generations to come.

Art by Fié Neo



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Fié Neo is an interdisciplinary artist and intersectional thinker. Instagram @feeyeh_neo | Podcast: OnionsTalk