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Adapting to a climate-changed world
Young and less young citizens throughout the world are demanding other citizens, governments, international agencies and corporations to reduce the negative impacts of the climate crisis on society and nature, and keep the planet’s warming below +1.5°C (IPCC Report, 2018). Whatever results these actions will bring through international cooperation, national and local actions, deadly harm to nature and humans has already been done. Even if we stopped emissions completely and immediately, the harm and the death toll will grow for at least decades to come. That means that adaptation is necessary – now and for a long time ahead.
“We need a breakthrough on adaptation and resilience”, said Antonio Guterres, the United Nations Secretary General at Columbia University, on 2 December 2020. Adaptation is necessary and not only in the ‘seven systems’ of food, natural environment, water, cities, infrastructure, disaster risk management and finance, as a report of the Global Commission on Adaptation said in 2020. Adaptation is equally needed in governing ourselves in a way that no longer leads us to collective disaster.
The Planetary Intelligence Project
Planetary intelligence is the collective capacity to build and sustain an evolutionary partnership between all living humans and nature. To contribute to the development of this collective capacity, InterCivil initiates the Planetary Intelligence Project (the π Project).
The π project builds capacity on local, regional and planetary levels for real-time leadership and self-governance of diverse population groups. It draws on the equal value and collective wisdom of people from all generations, gender and geography. It applies in practice the Age-Pyramid Leadership model that gives young people, women and minorities their proportionate share in leadership.
The project is carried out in three stages: local preparations, regional stability services and world public opinion interactions.
Local preparations: The Center of Attention on planetary intelligence (the π Center) opens first to prepare conditions, partnerships and finances for setting up Human Family Villages on frontline locations of climate change or biodiversity loss. Small countries of political stability and varying Human Development Index rankings host the villages. The villages gradually spread through the world’s regions. The first functioning village absorbs the π Center and continues to carry out its responsibilities.
Regional stability services: In each of the seven Human Family Villages, 100 people live together temporarily. They are randomly selected and proportionally reflecting the world’s population, like a small mirror of it. They govern jointly the internal and external affairs of the village. Through this, they create a prototype of human cooperation and self-government in a community where no one is in a majority position to dominate the community and its decisions. The experiment is live broadcast and webcast worldwide. The villages also offer stability services to their respective regions through cooperation platforms in areas of conflict or concentration of large numbers of refugees. They offer, too, skills training to communities and individuals on physical and psychological resilience in hotter or otherwise challenging climates.
World public opinion interactions: The Planetary Intelligence Network (the π Net) is a three-level hybrid network of the village communities, the host governments and the ever-increasing number of former participants (villagers), having returned to their homes in every corner of the world. The π Net connects stakeholders through 24/7 communication for mutual support and strategic cooperation. Also, π Net shares with the world public and the international community the recommendations villagers deliberate and agree upon about questions vital for them, their local neighbors, nature and humanity’s future.