This project ensues from a decade of first-hand experience in development consultancy within the ethnic cultures of the Solomon Islands.
Before the 90s the Solomon Islands were ‘undeveloped’ in the usual ways, but, altogether their quality of their social life was much more highly developed in ways which Homo moneytightus has long forgotten. Once called the Happy Isles this, the world’s second-most ‘aided’ country, has since nose-dived towards economic depression and ethnic chaos.
What happened to them was us. But, that raises the more important question: what happened to us?
One consequence of the Industrial Revolution was that western civilisation ran off the rails of sustainability. For the past decade recovery has not been an option, the road to collapse already chosen. The full extent of the damage involved might shock the voting populace, if they cared to lift their gaze. Going forward it is their institutionalisation that is the primary concern.
Within the next decade the clock of human history is going to
be reset forever: a one-time opportunity ripe with possibility.
Several vulnerabilities are building. We expect the trigger to be a global food crisis, 2024-2032. The collapsing world population will bring a much needed relief to the environment, and nature’s abundance will recover in a surprisingly short time. Hopefully the attitudes and institutions which underlie the present global situation will not carry over … that primary concern again.
If there comes an opportunity to restructure the framework of power within a Global Cooperative Forum we must be prepared, practised and organised ready to engage it, or doom all life to a Groundhog-Day destiny of re-runs of the last 80 years. Thus Peasants NZ lays stress on learning about the attitudes and arrangements that brought all that pass.
The long-term solution we foster is for people who are interested in these issues to join forces, to sow the seeds of a new society born of a commitment to sustainable living. This needs a different type of food-land-people assemblage where ordinary people can integrate their lives around the land that feeds them. We called it Agrarian Rural Urban Synthesis (AgRUS).
What’s next …
In Spanish the equivalent word to peasant, campesina (from campiña), carries the feminine gender and is used internationally by the global peasant and food sovereignty movement La Via Campesina.
BSc-(Geology); Nat.Res.Mgt-(PGDip); Dev.Studies-(PGDip)
Founder: Peasants NZ;
Village Technology Trust (S.I.)
* Exploration Geologist; Australasia (4 years)
* Associate Editor; NZ Soil & Health (6 years)
* Development Consultant; sustainable forestry, project design, management & evaluation, village water supply & sanitation (9 years)
* Garden & horticultural adviser (ongoing) …