Today I am in conversation with Elisa Rathje of Appleturnover to discuss "what if we shifted to a needs-based economy. I was keen to discuss the economy as it is a recurrent theme when researching root-causes of the climate crisis. Today we have a relaxed conversation covering the following topics:
a childhood book inspiring Elisa right now;the challenges inherent in climate activism; the pros and cons of a “climate action roadmap”; the importance of non-violent communication in climate activism; what the term “climate crisis” actually encompasses - defining the problem; the economy as a “root cause” of the climate crisis with reference to Manda Scott and Miki Kashtan's conversation on the Accidental Gods Podcast (link below); Kate Raworth’s “Doughnut Economic Model”; How to navigate fear and panic about the climate crises; “Active Hope” online course by Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone; The role and impact of scarcity in economics; How the economic system we have in place is an agreed upon story that can be re-written; We synthesise how, in practice, we can challenge the scarcity mindset on individual and collective levels; How universal basic services could be beneficial going forward; The importance of making decisions that factor in the question “does this decision or action regenerate life?”; Some classic band-aid solutions to the climate crisis to watch out for; We sum up our “take-away” learnings from our discussion.
Elisa Rathje lives, writes and films the small work at Appleturnover, a small farm on a small island. Tollow her new series on regenerative living, the journal of small work* at https://www.patreon.com/appleturnover in film form and in accompanying small works both written and audio. You can also find Elisa’s writing on Instagram @appleturnover and at appleturnover.tv
Appleturnover Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYmUCs7dQxh61NeZQLsyJ2g Accidental Gods Podcast Episode with Miki Kashtan - https://accidentalgods.life/miki-kashtan/ Kate Raworth, Doughnut Economics - https://www.kateraworth.com/doughnut/ Jason Hickel, Degrowth Economics - https://www.jasonhickel.org/less-is-more Active Hope Online Course – Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone - https://www.activehope.info/the-authors Cover photo credit to @stasia.garraway @folklifemedia