By Dave Ewoldt | April 28, 2011 at 01:11 AM EDT | No Comments
COME has been created to develop effective coalitions for collaborative action that build the creative, critical mass necessary to enable life-affirming change. This is a response to rapidly changing times brought on by a collapsing status quo; a response that can develop community resiliency, improve quality of life, reclaim our democracy, and lay the foundation for a sustainable future; a systemic practical response that is sorely missing.
An effective coalition requires a set of shared values. These are supplied by the internationally vetted Earth Charter, and provide a framework for sustainable development.
The coalition’s common goal is a sustainable future--a future that can only emerge by embracing ecological wisdom, social justice, economic equity, and participatory democracy. True justice cannot exist without sustainability, and without justice there will be no peace.
It must be realized that sustainability has an ecologically sound and legally defensible definition. Progress toward the goal can be measured through community determined and adopted sustainability indicators.
The COME project provides a citizen toolkit to develop and practice non-hierarchical organization, communication and decision making skills, and a process for determining a community or region's carrying capacity, assessing its resources and uncovering roadblocks to change.
Our laws both reflect our values and determine who we can become. We must both separate our household waste and stop industrial practices that damage the biosphere and exploit people. Join with others to become an effective advocate for lifestyle and policy change that reflects who we are and who we want to become as members of a healthy, interconnected web of life!