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- This is a historic moment, yet people are trying to be normal
- Let’s envision what we want and transform vision into action
- We will assert our right to slow down – taking time for individual and collective wellbeing and the wellbeing of the planet
- We will transform our systems of living, working, extracting, consuming, ravaging, destroying, avoiding, denying
- We will strive to ensure that everyone – as well as our environment – is cared for and valued, and that we move towards a more equal and just society
- We want to act collectively, welcoming everyone’s strengths, skills and perspectives
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30 July 20208
- We are a part of nature.
- We need to connect with soil, seasons, place, culture and history.
- We long for everyone to feel deeply connected to the natural world within their local and our global environment.
- We believe everybody should be able to live well and happy lives – sustainably.
- We need to find new ways to engage more widely – recognising that many people don’t have the time, emotional space or energy to engage.
- We need shared enabling spaces to listen to the stories and voices we haven’t heard yet.
- We need to enrich our ways of communicating to include the language of pictures and of the heart.
- Everyone should be able to have meaningful input to decisions which are about how they live their lives.
- We need to talk about consumption and what makes us happy.
29 July 20207
- We demand that all humans, all species should be valued and provided nurturing in order that they can thrive, including access to safe and green spaces, clean air and water.
- We demand a society that does not pit the welfare of individual humans and the welfare of planetary ecosystems against each other and require a shift from a scarcity model to one of reciprocity.
- We demand prioritisation of the wellbeing and sustainability of workers and communities. This requires an end to narratives of constant growth and a re-evaluation of what our goals as individuals and societies can be.
- We demand global truth and reconciliation councils and opportunities to educate ourselves in order to repair our history of extractivism of people and planet.
- We demand a world where creative led and community focused initiatives are the drivers for change.
- We demand investment in safe green travel solutions.
- We demand investment in education which highlights the need to live within the planetary boundaries.
- We acknowledge neither borders between nations nor between species.
28 July 20206
- Let us appreciate the things we don’t understand and don’t know. Let us embrace uncertainty.
- We demand clean air for everyone to breathe.
- We will build, develop and sustain more compassion and consideration for others.
- We will dismantle toxic hierarchies, find new ways to value work, and people, and property. We refuse to let people suffer for the economy.
- We will redefine productivity and success.
- We will strive to ensure our relationships are accessible and inclusive.
- We will reshape our language to create and hold space for different perspectives and challenge power relations.
- Let us acknowledge our core values, and be willing to question and shift them.
3 May 20205
- No-one should experience discrimination in access to health-care services.
- Radical new solutions like housing the homeless community should be maintained.
- A new economic model should be explored – write off personal debts, introduce universal basic income, fairer taxation.
- We will make space in our lives to do meaningful things and create positive impact.
- We will have the freedom to be creative.
- We will demand a better and fairer society.
- We will listen to each other. We will stay open and learning.
- We will make connection happen in the face of adversity. We will stay connected to our communities both local and global.
- We will live a simpler life. We will challenge our own sense of busy. We will slow down for ourselves and others.
- We won’t return to ‘normal’. We will do better.
3 May 20204
- We will be collectively accountable for our future.
- We choose to redefine “security” to be the following things: emotional safety, unconditional basic income, and universal healthcare.
- We embrace darkness and complexity in our struggles.
- We will strive to eradicate structures of inequality. We acknowledge our complicity within them.
2 May 20203
- We will build a caring society that has a universal basic income for all.
- We will build a culture of equality and sustainability to tackle the precariousness of our work and our world.
- We’ll nurture our friendships.
- We’ll connect and listen.
- We will stay politically engaged.
- We will have access to healthy, good quality, and sustainable food.
- We will respect different habits and modes of being.
2 May 20202
We are an arbitrary group of people who offer a form of consensus around what humanity may be able to do on local and global levels in response to the current crisis.
- We believe this is a moment to reflect on our individual and collective responsibilities and change our relationship to each other and the society.
- We believe that there should be more resources to support people’s mental and physical health.
- From this radical shared experience – the virus – we want to grow sensitive to other, less visible, shared experiences – to encourage those who are comfortable to empathise with those who are harmed.
- We believe that there is an urgent need to enact our humanity by generating shared, equal, nonjudgmental spaces of social, cultural, and political exchange.
- We believe we must foster safety for all, via acceptance, access.
- We believe we must expand our periphery, seeing limits as opportunities, and acknowledging our existing privileges in doing so.
- If we take the term “apocalypse” at its root definition as an “unveiling” or a “revealing of what could not be seen before”, rather than just ignoring what has been revealed, we must not only acknowledge it, but act, and make something new.
- We believe that this current crisis offers an opportunity to raise awareness of global interconnectivity, and to negotiate new ways to live in relation to one another and to the environment.
1 May 20201
- A world that respects human and animal and planetary sovereignty that isn’t ruled by the scared terrified pursuit of a thing that we’ve made up – money.
- Establish free, high quality, culturally safe and appropriate healthcare for all people globally.
- Introduce a liveable, constant, universal basic income for all peoples of adult age which is to be used at the discretion of the recipient.
- We will foster a greater sense of community and build strong systems to protect each other.
- We respect each other’s time and talents. Work and labour shall be undertaken at a human pace.
- We want a new economic model that works for everyone. The model should benefit the entire community, including our collective descendants. Human and animal dignity, safety and agency should be preserved or enhanced by the economy.
- An end to violence.
1 May 2020