To set aside Mondays, every week, to focus together on how to transition to less energy-intensive life styles in locally flourishing ecosystems. and what we can do to help to bring this about from our own households, streets, localities, towns or cities, country and ultimately the world.
On Mondays we:
Connect with life – our own and that of our family, friends, and community – and all that’s really important to us.
Some in the older generation in Western countries with a Christian tradition will remember Sunday as a day of rest. On Mondays let’s stop draining our sources of energy and give ourselves and the planet a break.
Connect with where we live – we all live somewhere with our fellow human and non-human inhabitants.
Re-connecting locally and understanding local ecologies will be essential if we are to adapt to a life without reliance on fossil fuels.
Create regeneration zones and corridors of life with supportive networks of research, teaching and learning around this.
Re-building local soils and restoring plant life without fossil fuels will be a huge undertaking. We will need the expertise and help of many people.
Experience limits of fossil fuel use (e.g. transport) and explore how to create more local and less complex energy intensive life styles.
Modern humans rely on net-energy from oil always being easily available to access all other forms of energy, including food. On Mondays we understand the many ways we are reliant on the energy intensive global system for meeting our needs and we think creatively about how to develop new ways of meeting human needs, food, shelter, clothing, transport, livelihoods etc etc. in keeping with the needs of the planet.
Share learning about how people can meet their needs locally and adapt to the post-fossil fuel future.
Universities could play a role by connecting with their localities and help bridge indigenous, practical local knowledges with policy.
Petition the government to recognize and support a 4-day working week and offer some momentary remuneration that enables people and businesses and organizations to reduce their use of fossil fuels and participate on Mondays.
Will our governments invest in such a Transition Monday? Will they support local communities and learning institutions to develop practices for this needed transition, so that they in turn can implement helpful well-supported policies that work? With widespread public support, they just might.
What some people have said so far:
I think the Transition Monday idea has a huge amount of merit and personally I’d absolutely love to see it implemented – big thanks and lots of admiration to you for putting it out there.
The Transition Monday idea is a fabulous one – but I see it as a few steps further down the track to be honest – We’ll need some people power in order to get Government to get in behind it.
Interesting suggestion- I am not sure how palatable it is to adopt Transition Monday although I see where you are coming from. It certainly sparks a conversation though!
I think the everyday Jo Blogs would choose to not engage in anything and just see it as a way of getting off work or doing something completely different.
I think your ideas are beautifully and lucidly expressed and
truly inspiring… It’s a very important point you are making about top down bureaucracy and grassroots work in the community
Your fossil fuel free Monday idea is a great one that will focus the community mind on actions that can be taken at local level to adapt to a ‘minimal greenhouse gas life style’ and to put momentum behind pressure on government (both local and national) to take effective action.
When I read it, I realised that in my mind I have actually become fatalistic. Although I work in the area, it is to give myself a purpose. I understand we have to reduce our emissions by 7.6% a year for ages, not sure how long. And our emissions are still rising. I think unless governments make it mandatory for everyone to have their emissions below a certain level, we won’t get there …The stage we should start with is a mandatory six monthly check of everyone’s emissions. That means the tools to measure them must be top rate. Not sure which tool is best.
Its awesome because its so sensible, logical, obvious and timely that no-one including myself seems to have made this linkage. Not in the realms I inhabit anyhow. To my way of thinking it’s huge.
It’s a great concept, getting a 4 day working week would be a good start but many families would be without that extra day of money. Then I believe people really would have time to sit and think about this, give them time to put their resources into something like a vegetable gardens make a list of all the ways they can get rid of fossil fuels out of their home, No one is leading the charge yet for them and it takes someone that they look up to and respect to drive that. Academics bring forward the idea hand it over, make it appealing to whatever movement wants to run with it…. maybe.