A VIEW FROM 2050
HAPPY 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UPWARD SPIRAL!!! It is a great honor to illustrate and review the history of our success. From a bleak outlook in 2015, the efforts of many groups and individuals reversed a society in decline and pulled a world in peril from the brink. It began slowly as skeptics ﬁnally embraced the reality of climate change and the ﬁnite nature of the world. Two centuries of resource exploitation and misunderstood concepts had created untenable situations on Earth.
In the 20th century societies had been misguided by “scientiﬁc determinations” based on lucrative economic outcomes instead of facts. Misconstrued philosophies like human dominion” or Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” had removed people’s understanding of their vulnerability. As they acquired the view that survival is really based on the ability to adapt, people stopped purchasing the products of biotech, chemical and fossil fuel companies and selected safer alternatives.
Due to the massive economic retraction between 2015 and 2020 caused by the excessive planet-wide debt and ﬁnancial Ponzi schemes, where governments and corporations moved around a ﬁnite pool of actual cash, jobs disappeared. People had to count on local sources and community solutions. As demand for fossil fuel lessened and costs of maintaining city services remained unchanged, local leaders engaged creative types and experienced farmers and land stewards to implement food, energy and resource saving systems that had previously been held in distain or labeled old-fashioned, impractical or “tin hat”.
Back when the El Nino of 2016 was publicized as a solution to drought on the West Coast, wise City Councils and County Commissions along with regional farmers, banks, investors and citizens geared up to build water cisterns and new reservoirs in order to prepare for the next drought cycle. 0% interest loans for property owners to install water catchment, grey water systems and re-rooﬁng and paving for solar energy and creation of new, small watersheds were made available from a Real Deal Federal Program. Rural areas re-conﬁgured their irrigation districts to capture and use riparian water and run off in a separate system, so drinking water could be reserved for cooking, bathing and hygienic purposes and outdoor water was available for gardening, farming, ﬁreﬁghting, washing cars, etc.
This success led to exploration of how other wasteful systems could be converted to more conservative use. Waste management was re-organized to keep all reusable materials out of the landﬁll. Instead of the Maﬁa—owned companies collecting garbage and green bin contents for proﬁtable sales, citizens were granted incentives which reduced their utility bills when they contributed their discarded items to local soil building and bio~energy plants. Funds for the new systems were created by bond sales and private investors in partnership with banks, credit unions, non-proﬁts and government entities.
Other important innovations and technologies, as well as renewed interest in ancient systems and solutions were embraced as consumers untied themselves from the stranglehold of fossil fuel. ”Soil Not Oil”, a program championed in California for mitigating climate change by sequestering carbon in the soil, became a standard for sustainable farming and gardening. Consumer—based “Local Organic Food” partnered in driving this effort as people “voted with their wallets” which diminished the purchasing, and therefore the proﬁtability, of junk food and junk products.
The organic materials that had previously been sprayed with toxic herbicides by ODOT, the railroads, industrial farms and County maintenance crews, became a rich source for creating better soils, biomass, building materials and energy. Clean burning alcohol fuels made from organic and conversion of vehicles to use it became the standard, as it was in the days of Ford’s Model A and Model T. Midwestern ﬁelds and wetlands dedicated to growing GMO corn for ethanol became unnecessary and unpopular. Recovery of habitats and healing ecosystems brought new careers provided by the revival of the C.E.T.A. program (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) which had signiﬁcant success in ending the deep recessions of the 1970s.
Weeds and wood remains from responsible forest ﬁre prevention programs were made proﬁtable with new 3-D Cellulose printers, an innovation of the early let century which made it possible to create biodegradable items stronger than materials like plastics, wood or steel. This recognition of proﬁts and job creation from transitioning to better systems gave a chance for many citizens to become stakeholders in the economy again. Instead of letting our great forests burn, home heating with super—efficient wood burning Kachelofens and similar systems were installed in homes and businesses to use small trees taken from the forest undergrowth to reduce the conﬂagrations of mature trees and canopy destruction.
Many of the needed changes were in the transportation, energy and waste management sectors. A State and National program for the homeless, home—free and jobless, known as the Creative Re-use Depot Initiative (C.R.U.D.I.) was funded similar to the international Woofer program for traveling farm laborers and students. Every interstate rest stop became a work and shelter center where those desiring this lifestyle could be housed, given a wage~paying job and gain skills. Workers could stay at one site, or travel easily to others. The massive high speed train systems built on the divider sections of existing freeways meant everyone could affordably travel without cars for long or short distances.
Previous excesses, ridiculous “conveniences” and luxury were ﬁnally viewed as the empty and unfulﬁlling remnants of 20th century grandiosity and entitlement. People reclaimed a value system where friends, family, health, safe food, water and air and community were most important. Thus the demand for “things” lessened and the value and utility of necessary items and the love or kind regard of fellow beings were appreciated once again. Happiness and friendship gained favor along with other intrinsic and worthy intangibles.
Kids experienced nature again and felt safe outside as air, soil and water were cleansed and “stranger danger” retreated along with obsessive focus on internet porn, violent imagery on TV, in ﬁlms and music and other hollow, vicarious and demoralizing entertainments. The retention of the US. Postal Service, rebuilding of strong public schools and access to relaxing recreational areas and free public parks all improved quality of life, security and appreciation of beauty and respect for the natural world. The importance of slowing the 6th Extinction by protecting all life and reversing years of damage and neglect to other sentient beings became a primary goal across the planet.
Frequent power outages as America transitioned to sustainable fuel systems in the 2020s gave the offspring of the Millennials the title of “The Unplugged Generation”. Their parents and Generation X had to relearn concepts like elbow grease, worth your salt and shoulder to the wheel. Lack of lights, heat and other power sources became so common that people came to enjoy and expect them. A new tradition of “Amish Hours” became popular as a time between dinner and bedtime that stories were told by candlelight and visiting happened in person without cars, televisions, computers, and cell phones running.
Families and neighbors established private and community gardens which took pressure off and removed much demand for food imports. Food Forests became welcome havens of shady, urban gathering places and supplemented the availability of fresh local produce. The specter of GMO and RNA manipulations and intellectual property patents were removed from doing further damage as scientists and spiritual leaders determined dangerous species barriers had been crossed and ecological, economic and ethical violations had occurred.
Climate Change put signiﬁcant pressure on local governments during the decade following the cascading, damaging effects of ﬁres, ﬂoods and extreme weather remembered from 2017, a pivotal year. As oceans encroached on many of American cities, businesses whose previous focus was locating and dredging oil realized there was more demand and dire necessity for dredging sand off-shore in order to mitigate erosive storm surges.
With plenty of sand available, intelligent entrepreneurs built factories for making glass and affordably revamped the entire container industry by substituting standardized glass containers for everything that used to be packaged in odd-sized and toxic plastics. Simpler recycling and delivery systems based on early exploration of “generics” in the 1980s meant the indulgent array of dozens of products offering basically the same thing shrank to a few favorites that could be purchased by weight in customers’ reﬁllable glass and cellulose containers. Plastic production was drastically reduced and ocean gyres of dumped plastic were cleaned up more easily as accumulation of plastic ﬂotsam decreased.
The culture of celebrity, glitter and plastic surgery of the late 20th and early 21st century gave way to a huge reality check as social backlash made Selﬁes and Dynastic Leaders unpopular. The cast-offs of society, particularly older people, regained recognition and usefulness through a State—directed “Boomer Corp” program as the front line of affordable physical and mental health care. Capable elders were paid a stipend to offer listening ears, helping hands, experience, comfort and relief to addicts, the homeless, the disabled and lost citizens and keep them from falling in the previous deep pools of social and criminal crises. This elder workforce made affordable health care for all a permanent, sustainable reality.
Granges, women’s and men’s groups and other activist organizations reversed agricultural policies and practices of the previous half century which had been put in place by corporations and the seductive power of dollars. Our nation reclaimed common sense and its ﬁrst priority – the health and safety of all its citizens, not wealth creation for a tiny privileged minority. Its economic mainstay is again recognized as agriculture, delivering nutritious, safe foods to its population, and clean water without damaging the soil, water and air. To become a good partner in world affairs again, things here at home were put in order. By advocating practical solutions and reclaiming the physical and moral high ground, grassroots Americans helped make the Upward Spiral possible.
Here in the year 2050 we ﬁnd ourselves in a peaceful world where fears are fading, skies are clearing and progress is not based on proﬁts or the myth that rampant growth is the only path. We’ve matured from our “teenage indulgences” and settled into maturity where climate change, war and lack caused by selﬁshness or ignorance are being replaced by actions based on the knowledge that the consequence of greed is ugliness and despair.
All crime is theft and when privileged humans steal from weaker beings and nature, taking more than their share, the results are devastation, depravity, and depression. A new American View and lifestyle now flourishes as symbolized in our acronym “C.A.R.E” – “Conservation, Adventure, Re-enchantment and Education”. Today we celebrate the contributions and sacriﬁces that citizens have made to this better reality. Our export of C.A.R.E. qualities has diminished our aggression into world affairs and made America once again a shining hope in the world. Happy 2050! Upward Spiral for All! !!
Bridges to 2050
Catie Faryl’s art exhibit, “Bridges to 2050” departs from frustration and gloom by offering optimistic portrayals of common sense solutions and hopeful information on better outcomes for people, planet and all sentient beings. With thought-provoking pictures of where we are and new paths open to us, West Coast Artist Catie Faryl gives inspiration for social, economic, political and environmental justice and shares old and new solutions, technologies and ideas to rebalance our relationships to the land and all living creations. Her paintings and writings offer insight into some choices and decisions ahead and contemplate ways we can move in an upward spiral through better stories, community effort and systems both ancient and visionary, for a sustainable future.
Humans Be Still! Make room and care for all elements and sentient’ beings
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HISTORY OF OUR ARDUOUS JOURNEY
& HOW WE ARRIVE SAFELY TO THE YEAR 2050
2015 – Awareness increases in America and the world that “business as usual” will not be possible in the future
2017 – Recognition that Climate Change is real and that current National leadership is unwilling or unable to address it. The rise of local group, mayors and governors starts ﬁlling the void.
2018-2020 – Economic setbacks caused by multiple, massive floods, ﬁres and other disasters continue. Cook stoves and all vehicles are converted to run on clean-burning alcohol fuels made from organic farm waste and materials (with systems like those developed by Blume Distillation in Watsonville,CA)
2021 – Congress with a new president ﬁnd the BoomerCorp program, and are able to provide “Health Care for All” with a strong, forwarding thinking group of senior citizens who drastically reduce health care costs via prevention and intervention. Toxic products, plastics and other carcinogens are banned and removed from the environment.
2022 – Congress ﬁnds the C.E.T.A. Program, adding thousands of people to bring new ideas and innovate to governments and businesses and help their implementation, as climate consequences and other factors further aggravate the safety and livelihoods of citizens.
2025 – Fire and ﬂood management are given top priority. GMO Trees are banned. Jobs are created to do the physical labor of thinning small trees and undergrowth in forests, as well as weed abatement and weed harvesting for biofuels which eliminated the use of toxic sprays.
2027 – Revamping of the entire waste management system via Creative Reuse Depots where “trash” is made proﬁtable by a new work force of traveling, trained people who make it into energy, non toxic fertilizers, soil building products.
2028 – Fracking and export of domestic oil to foreign entities is made illegal. All domestic energy from fossil fuel and GMO are deemed usable only as “bridge energy sources” for new sustainable/renewable energy sources until 2030, becoming illegal for any use on January 1, 2030.
2031 – With the sunset date for fossil fuel extraction and use in sight, a total retrench of the packaging and delivery systems was begun. Sand from dredging to mitigate climate change storm surges is a source for glass factories to spring up on both coasts. Local food and local products are favored and those requiring long transport routes are scorned. It becomes socially unacceptable to buy from far away. The national trucking of goods decreases as local sourcing and public sentiment against long distance “imports” increased.
2031-2034 – New drought concerns and rising sea water force tax dollars be spent to revamp the entire water catchment, treatment and distribution systems. Water catchment, grey water, more reservoirs and elimination of water-wasting plumbing in every structure proceeds. Rivers, streams, lakes and sources are used more efficiently for outdoor uses.
2035-2050 – American society, seeing the errors made in the last century become interested in values, ethics and education. Postal codes are used to determine what can be legally sold or consumed, so illicit and dangerous items of all kinds are greatly curtailed. The world is recovering from a scary period where our excesses compromised our common sense and our environment. People grow closer together realizing that there is real no other or better way to live than within our means. Reclaiming the commons, all that we share, respect and care for all sentient beings and our natural world is more fulﬁlling than the treadmill/cancer of endless and unsustainable “growth” — which is actually only resource exploitation, extraction and stealing from the future of the coming generations.
November 2017, presented at the Bridges to 2050 and “A View from 2050″