Local environmental artist John Dahlsen penned the following essay for the upcoming United Nations Rio+20 conference.
Our immediate and long-term future is full of the promise of a golden age for humankind. We are now on a precipice, at a crossroads in our history where for the first time humanity has a collective enlightened vision. Science and religion are almost inseparable with their understanding of the sense of Oneness, which connects everything from the smallest organism to the vast expanses of the universe – and, perhaps, beyond.
In the past these understandings and glimpses into such expanded realities have been restricted to the elite few. Up until now we have been able to count the number of standout visionaries and enlightened sages who have guided, predicted and fashioned our future. Now there are many alive today who exist with this expanded awareness, so many that we are all being touched by it.
Regardless of our circumstances, we are all getting a part of this action; we are all becoming part of this globally enlightened consciousness that is hastening us towards this glorious positive future. The future we want.
The future we must have is essentially one of co-operation, not competition. This new future depends upon communities forging together to create balanced lifestyles. This is already happening on a grassroots level in some of the more advanced communities worldwide, where people are beginning to farm and share their freshly grown produce, whether it be vegetables or fresh-baked bread, or eggs. People realise that the way we have been treating this planet is unsustainable. It’s also unsustainable for us to treat our bodies with neglect by eating over-processed foods.
We don’t need to revert to becoming cavemen. However, we do need to safeguard our future by planning to become more natural in just about every way. Unsustainable ways of living have been at best a misunderstanding through accepting this reality for so long, and at worst a sign of enormous greed on the part of big business and ourselves. The future we want will bring a natural end to these outdated modes of living.
The future will have love and awareness of higher consciousness as the basis of our interconnectedness. This will be the future we want, a world where business develops safeguards for consumers that ensure only products with awareness and have expanded consciousness at the core of their inception.
In places of greatest population concentration, for example, the future we want will have in all buildings fresh water captured from their surfaces; energy needs will be generated only from renewable sources including solar and wind.
Our future methods of transport will of course also be transformed, as a result of the cessation of carbon-emitting modes of transport. Bicycleways and walkways will be prevalent and more popular as people wish to stay healthy and fit through regular daily exercise.?? In the future there will be no poverty and all nations will join together as a global, borderless reality to ensure all people of the earth have adequate food and a balanced, prosperous lifestyle.
All forms of visual and airborne pollution will be nonexistent so that once again we will be able to visit and walk among our cities and enjoy streetscapes with beautiful gardens and terraces complemented by contemporary art, architecture and design, all of which will be created with ecologically friendly intention.
As a way of further achieving these future wants, we need to take note of organisations such as Transition Towns, for example, a grassroots network of communities dedicated to building resilience in response to peak oil, climate destruction and economic instability. We will all benefit by looking at this model, where innovators are using across-the-board creative adaptations of energy production, health, education, economy and agriculture as road maps to a sustainable future.
We are entering a golden age where it will be no longer possible for outdated beliefs and structures to exist. The future we want across our planet will be a reflection of these ideas and everything that does exist into the future will only exist because humanity has embraced this new way.
All structures which lag behind this enlightened approach will simply disintegrate. They will cease to operate as functional entities and associated living environments will no longer be habitable for humans. This can only be seen as a positive direction for humankind as we see everything we love restored to us.
It is natural evolution that our future will evolve this way. It will be appropriate that the very best that we are able to offer in terms of our collective consciousness will create the very type of golden future that we want.
As humankind makes the shift into the golden age, with the necessity of being intelligent and enlightened in our hearts, all else will follow. We will see the future we want to develop and grow and blossom, a future that will nourish and support all life on this planet.
John Dahlsen is an award-winning Australian environmental artist. He was appointed ‘Cultural Ambassador’ for Friends of the United Nations on World Environment Day 6 June 2011. See more at www.johndahlsen.com.