Week before last, entirely too many people took over a street corner in Harlem to have a DIY fish fry of epic proportions!
21CP is looking at a cultural moment or aesthetic that's running parallel to the environmental movement. This cultural moment doesn't mention environmentalism by name. You can't do the math on its carbon footprint. It's not about melting glaciers or polar bears or hockey sticks or Earth Hour.
It's about learning how to do things, keeping bees, engaging technology, reading Make Magazine, becoming compost fanatics, supporting urban farming and growing their own food and serving it to their friends in the context of dinner parties that are becoming increasingly baroque DIY events. This feels like a very fertile moment. There are threats that are clearly defined enough to start doing something, and these threats happen to be kind of vague, slow moving. Existentially perplexling.
So instead of focusing on the point of this world-sized, slow-as-a-glacier-melting-in-the-Andes knife point that's
We are engaging with what actually put us here and what we can do about it. We are not yet doing the practical things we need to do on a policy level, like make carbon expensive. Hell, the biggest topic of conversation at the dinner parties I've been to is how to get all the waste composted! But you know, figuring out how to compost a regular dinner party leads to figuring out how to compost in a whole community, and that's how we change our waste infrastructure--by iteration. We are doing the cultural work necessary to get there. We are looking at our garbage, our land, our food, our time, our computers, our data. We are redefining abundance. Creating an economy that's not built on plastic crap. And we are doing this in ways that say Yes instead of No.