In 1992 Bill Clinton famously said "it’s the economy stupid." With the Copenhagen climate change conference, it might be asked if this has been replaced with “no, it’s the environment stupid.” I think the focus has to shift beyond either, or even both. I would like to propose as the most useful framing: “it’s the implementation stupid”.
Can we expect that somehow and in some way our basic needs will go on being met by national and global food delivery and financial systems, and local community will just automatically be ready if this fails? Or should we take the current financial crisis, well documented threats of climate crisis and peak oil as wake-up calls?
For a long time I have thought Maori have much to teach the rest of us (in Aotearoa/New Zealand and in general). Maori have had many generations living with each other and the environment, and have had to retain, adapt and develop their culture through tough colonial, post-colonial and now global times.