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Crisis What Crisis: The World Is full Of Opportunities

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by: Tjitske Ypma
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The corona crisis is making the world 'small' and many people worry. For many years I - and many around me - have been tense about the future of humanity on our planet Earth. With a crisis like the drought in the Netherlands in 2018, but also in my own environment: forest fires, tornadoes and floods doesn't makes my worries less. At the same time harrowing stories of refugees on and about the sea.

Crisis What Crisis!

I believe we should say goodbye to our current system where the global economy is predominant. It ensures the exploitation of people, the depletion of natural resources on earth and unimaginable animal suffering. But how?
The film 'Economics Of Happiness' shows it nicely. It clearly exposes how the Ladakhs in India had great wealth of their own, until roads were built and multinationals made their appearance. People mirrored a fictional ideal and became unhappy. What did the Ladakhs do before that they were doing so well together? Things we can do here too?

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people, white wall, Ledakh
Far from the heat, noise, and chaos, atop India’s snow-capped mountains, I found peace

How did the Ladakhs live before the major roads, in the 1980s? They grow their food in fields with an eye for the natural functioning of those fields, with an eye for the ecosystems. Working together is binding. Several generations meet in the field. Care for each other comes up close. They make their own clothes, have their own music and dance and history. They are proud, not of themselves, but of each other. Everyone is seen. There is no competition. Our lives look very different. But what ideas can we draw from their example for our own lives?


                                                                     The Economics of Happiness 


The World Is full Of Opportunity: How Would Such A Life Look?

Because of this Coronavirus period, we are suddenly much more at home. I noticed by the forced sitting at home that there is more rest among the children. Finally, there is time to make the crafts from the craft book, build the hut or make the bird house. They learn fanatically in the morning and continue singing and playing throughout the day.
What would it be like if the competition and performance pressure of the school system disappears and we only learn for ourselves without comparing with others? And also mainly learn other things? About ecosystems, about caring for each other, making music (own music but more than just the national anthem), about making clothes yourself, baking pots, weaving baskets? What would it be like if there was time for this?
What would it be like if we produce food without loss of quality of soil and biodiversity? Wouldn't it be nice if we felt with every harvest that the soil would be better instead of worse?
Isn't it useful to pay more attention to everything that happens and is possible in our immediate environment? For example, for agriculture, health care, nature and the economy within an hour's walk.

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Opportunities: A Lot Is Already Happening

In my immediate vicinity, Eefde and Zutphen in The Neterlands, there are already many beautiful initiatives to join, that bring us closer to nature and together and reduces our footprint.

Some examples:

  • A basic income (a Zutphens initiative) would kick-start the creation of less stress from crowds.
  • Farming together according to permaculture principles provides income and food for others / a biodiverse environment. You can harvest yourself at the permaculture market garden 'De Veldhof in Joppe'.  You can also find a lot of healthy food in nature. 'Pluk De Stad' visualized it for Zutphen, among others. In Zutphen, 'KratjeLokaal' delivers local food to your door every week.drawing kratje lokaal
  • As a self-employed person, you can work together in various contexts, such as 'The Zutphense Coopkracht'. It ensures that you do not have to do it all alone and that you are also entitled to 'work at home'.
  • Perhaps we should replace the 'healthcare' sector with the social cohesion sector. When people feel seen, less care is proven to be needed. We are used to family living far away, having distant friends, and some close by. We are used to living in subcultures, and without much contact with neighbors. There are often great ideological differences between people on a street. That does not always make it easy. What if we meet each other automatically, for example at the community garden or 'Animal Meadow Of Eefde? If we learn together, work together, will there be more understanding and mutual respect?
    And if people still need help despite their social embedding, this can simply come from the neighborhood with Buurtzorg or, for example, Help just home care, a cooperative of self-employed persons.children, sheep, trees, grass
    Herbert Nijkamp's flock grazing grass fields and roadsides in Eefde. Children like to watch and play around the herd
  • Opening roadsides for adaptation is a first step in the municipality of Lochem. For example, no less than 3000 m2 of roadside was sown with flower mixture by all the neighbors of a street. In Zutphen there are also green adoption projects such as the bee garden where people do yoga together, for example.
  • We used to burn coal and wood, then oil and gas came, now we have learned to make energy from wind and sun. Let's take advantage of this, but after we cut back to the max, otherwise there will be acres of land left. choose a non-profit local energy company. They consider energy saving of paramount importance. For example ZutphenEnergie or LochemEnergie.
  • You are as strong as your ecosystem, so make sure it is robust. De-stone your garden, give space to flowers and insects. Participate in the construction and maintenance of nature in your area, ensure a lot of neighborhood greenery. Zutphense and Eefdese green initiatives are: Emerpark, Gorsselse heather, biodiverse roadsides.
  • It is a lot of fun to make your own clothes. A permanent fabric shop can be found in Epse, 'Javro Fabric Market', but (eco) fabrics are also for sale at the weekly market in Zutphen. There are also several good seamstresses, such as Radijsje in the Laarstraat. In addition, there are many second-hand clothing stores in Laarstraat that reduce the pressure on raw materials.

The World: Locally And With Each Other

Think in connection with this. You don't have to learn and do it all alone. There are many active people in your immediate environment. There are repair cafes to go to, the Zutphense Energy Shop with energy coaches, gardens where you are welcome like on the 'Kaardebol'. There are also various active Facebook groups to join, such as: 'the Zussen van Zutphen' or 'Ruilen and Sell'. Various people are linked here. This also applies to the equally beautiful Zutphen initiative 'Buddy to Buddy', in which asylum seekers get a native buddy. This has been awarded with the 'Appeltje van Oranje'.

Queen Maxima, people Budy to Budy
Queen Maxima from the Netherlands and members of 'Budy to Budy' receive the 'Appeltjes van Oranje reward

It is possible in Zutphen and Eefde. So it can be done anywhere!

By: Tjitske Ypma (on behalf of Stichting de Lynx)

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Crisis What Crisis: The World Is full Of Opportunities

The corona crisis is making the world 'small' and many people worry. For many years I - and many around me - have been tense about the future of humanity on our planet Earth. With a crisis like the drought in the Netherlands in 2018, but also in my own environment: forest fires, tornadoes and floods doesn't makes my worries less. At the same time harrowing stories of refugees on and about the sea. Crisis What Crisis! I believe we should say goodbye to our current system where the global economy is predominant. It ensures the exploitation of people, the depletion of natural resources on earth and unimaginable animal suffering. But how? The film 'Economics Of Happiness' shows it nicely. It clearly exposes how the Ladakhs in India had great wealth of their own, until roads were built and multinationals made their appearance. People mirrored a fictional ideal and became unhappy. What did the Ladakhs do before that they were doing so well together? Things we can do here too? Recommended:  Consumerism In ‘The West’: A Society Built On Exploitation Far from the heat, noise, and chaos, atop India’s snow-capped mountains, I found peace How did the Ladakhs live before the major roads, in the 1980s? They grow their food in fields with an eye for the natural functioning of those fields, with an eye for the ecosystems. Working together is binding. Several generations meet in the field. Care for each other comes up close. They make their own clothes, have their own music and dance and history. They are proud, not of themselves, but of each other. Everyone is seen. There is no competition. Our lives look very different. But what ideas can we draw from their example for our own lives? {youtube}                                                                      The Economics of Happiness  The World Is full Of Opportunity: How Would Such A Life Look? Because of this Coronavirus period, we are suddenly much more at home. I noticed by the forced sitting at home that there is more rest among the children. Finally, there is time to make the crafts from the craft book, build the hut or make the bird house. They learn fanatically in the morning and continue singing and playing throughout the day. What would it be like if the competition and performance pressure of the school system disappears and we only learn for ourselves without comparing with others? And also mainly learn other things? About ecosystems, about caring for each other, making music (own music but more than just the national anthem), about making clothes yourself, baking pots, weaving baskets? What would it be like if there was time for this? What would it be like if we produce food without loss of quality of soil and biodiversity? Wouldn't it be nice if we felt with every harvest that the soil would be better instead of worse? Isn't it useful to pay more attention to everything that happens and is possible in our immediate environment? For example, for agriculture, health care, nature and the economy within an hour's walk. Recommended:  Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology Opportunities: A Lot Is Already Happening In my immediate vicinity, Eefde and Zutphen in The Neterlands, there are already many beautiful initiatives to join, that bring us closer to nature and together and reduces our footprint. Some examples: A basic income (a Zutphens initiative) would kick-start the creation of less stress from crowds. Farming together according to permaculture principles provides income and food for others / a biodiverse environment. You can harvest yourself at the permaculture market garden 'De Veldhof in Joppe'.  You can also find a lot of healthy food in nature. 'Pluk De Stad' visualized it for Zutphen, among others. In Zutphen, ' KratjeLokaal ' delivers local food to your door every week. As a self-employed person, you can work together in various contexts, such as 'The Zutphense Coopkracht'. It ensures that you do not have to do it all alone and that you are also entitled to 'work at home'. Perhaps we should replace the 'healthcare' sector with the social cohesion sector. When people feel seen, less care is proven to be needed. We are used to family living far away, having distant friends, and some close by. We are used to living in subcultures, and without much contact with neighbors. There are often great ideological differences between people on a street. That does not always make it easy. What if we meet each other automatically, for example at the community garden or 'Animal Meadow Of Eefde? If we learn together, work together, will there be more understanding and mutual respect? And if people still need help despite their social embedding, this can simply come from the neighborhood with Buurtzorg or, for example, Help just home care, a cooperative of self-employed persons. Herbert Nijkamp's flock grazing grass fields and roadsides in Eefde. Children like to watch and play around the herd Opening roadsides for adaptation is a first step in the municipality of Lochem. For example, no less than 3000 m2 of roadside was sown with flower mixture by all the neighbors of a street. In Zutphen there are also green adoption projects such as the bee garden where people do yoga together, for example. We used to burn coal and wood, then oil and gas came, now we have learned to make energy from wind and sun. Let's take advantage of this, but after we cut back to the max, otherwise there will be acres of land left. choose a non-profit local energy company. They consider energy saving of paramount importance. For example ZutphenEnergie or LochemEnergie. You are as strong as your ecosystem, so make sure it is robust. De-stone your garden, give space to flowers and insects. Participate in the construction and maintenance of nature in your area, ensure a lot of neighborhood greenery. Zutphense and Eefdese green initiatives are: Emerpark, Gorsselse heather, biodiverse roadsides. It is a lot of fun to make your own clothes. A permanent fabric shop can be found in Epse, 'Javro Fabric Market', but (eco) fabrics are also for sale at the weekly market in Zutphen. There are also several good seamstresses, such as Radijsje in the Laarstraat. In addition, there are many second-hand clothing stores in Laarstraat that reduce the pressure on raw materials. The World: Locally And With Each Other Think in connection with this. You don't have to learn and do it all alone. There are many active people in your immediate environment. There are repair cafes to go to, the Zutphense Energy Shop with energy coaches, gardens where you are welcome like on the 'Kaardebol'. There are also various active Facebook groups to join, such as: 'the Zussen van Zutphen' or 'Ruilen and Sell'. Various people are linked here. This also applies to the equally beautiful Zutphen initiative 'Buddy to Buddy', in which asylum seekers get a native buddy. This has been awarded with the 'Appeltje van Oranje'. Queen Maxima from the Netherlands and members of 'Budy to Budy' receive the 'Appeltjes van Oranje reward It is possible in Zutphen and Eefde. So it can be done anywhere! By: Tjitske Ypma (on behalf of Stichting de Lynx) Before you go! Recommended:  Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about your community life? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
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