Donald Trump for One United People?
Editor Note: The topic of these articles is the environmental aspect, as the President elect of the United States of America – Who was voted in accordingly to the laws of that country – has made a number of comments on the topics of climate change and the environment, these are relevant to the Permaculture movement as it impacts the overall framework of the work we do and the systems we put into place.
So it has come to be that Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States, yet the world has not ceased to spin and the rains—one assumes—will still fall. We still have to eat, we still need shelter, we still long to commune, and the earth is still all we’ve got to provide all these things. It would be a lie for me to say that I believe this president-elect will be a positive one for the planet.
Tweet from Oct 2015: It’s really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. We could use a big fat dose of global warming!
Even so, it’s an issue—good, bad, or however it is—that we now have. Perhaps it’s an overabundance of slugs (bad ideas) and we just lacked the ducks (productive directions) to balance the system. Perhaps his “energy” was so profound it was destined to create chaos on the global scale—war, trade, tolerance, equality…we all know the list by now—but maybe that chaos is something we can somehow harness to make positive change happen.
I think apologizing is a great thing, but you have to be wrong. I will absolutely apologize, sometime in the hopefully distant future, if I’m ever wrong.
Quote from Sept 2015
Hovering only over the deficiencies and the frequently revisited lists of mistakes committed during the election season (and long before) would be easy, but it isn’t the solution to anything. The Clinton campaign poignantly proved that Tuesday night. Our common soil has been tainted already, and our work is to fix it, to add the biodiversity we need, to design sustainably around what we’ve got, and to observe and adapt with the existing system and its changes. It’s in the spirit of cooperation—even when it hurts—not competition that long-lived success can occur.
Tweet from May 2013: Sorry losers and haters but my I.Q. is one of the highest –and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or in secure, it’s not your fault.
The fact of the matter is that, whether Trump or his supporters like it (something that has felt contentious), our social system already has diversity and complexity. Races are mixed and interact. Other people’s sexuality isn’t something we get to decide. Various religions are already prevalent, working together, and not about to disappear. Gender equality, though imperfect, has steadily moved closer to even. These are things that have made our world richer. Try to control these natural phenomenon, to force everything into a monoculture system, and it will only strengthen the wherewithal of those attacked. Work together and we all progress and survive.
The oil is there for the taking; we just have to take it.
Quote from Crippled America
Renewable and sustainable energy is something Trump has resoundingly denounced in favor of known destructive sources like coal, oil, and natural gas (fracking). It’s a scary proposition knowing that more damage will be foisted upon the planet, our future, for the immediacy of money now. For those of us who don’t want to contribute to this support those industries focused elsewhere. Perhaps it can be the inspiration to get off the grid or hybridize energy at home. If policy decisions are going to be economically driven over environmentally conscious, then we can each personally take it upon ourselves to put our money where our hearts are. Now is exactly the time for those who care to get more renewable.
So what can be done about it? How do we start winning again? To start with, we need a government that is committed to winning and has experience in winning.
Quote from Crippled America
If we are to practice permaculture in a world in which Donald Trump is our most powerful leader, then we must find the solution within the problem (if that’s how this situation is assessed). And, for all the ideas he has represented—international industrial economic models, fossil fuels in excess, a culture of fear—conflicting those found in permaculture, we are not without commonalities, principally on the notion that the existing systems—politics, healthcare (people care), production, international trade—are not functional, need to be reimagined, and are ripe for change. That means we have a chance to engage in that reimagining rather than being locked out of the status quo.
We’ll be fine with the environment. We can leave a little bit, but you can’t destroy businesses.
Quote from Oct 2015
So, then, we have quite the challenge to find good design, sustainable for both environment and business, something not contrary to the permaculture ethics. Our only choice is to move forward in cooperation, to transition into a world where humanity’s survival is of as much consequence (and is equally represented by us) as corporations. Despite firmly held beliefs (and evidence) regarding our role in planetary destruction—call it climate change or global warming or what you will—many voices remain focused on different problems. That’s only the more reason to strengthen our grassroots efforts, to tighten our communities, and to make our plight relevant. Let the voice that grew loud in support Trump’s “draining the swamp” in Washington inspire our voice of change to accomplish its goals.
There were a lot of issues to be dealt with, from badger and otter protection plans to the economic value to locals. People expected a duel, which I realized, so instead I offered a partnership approach.
Quote from Think Like a Champion
Despite how things were presented in the campaign, a ridiculous game that has become far too vicious to ever get us anywhere productive; despite whatever horrible videos or settled and unsettled lawsuits or damning comments or brash statements have surfaced; despite a constituency many feel are too often apt to point and persecute when expedient, forgive and forget when convenient; we of the USA and, consequently, the world have now entered into a partnership that somehow must work. Donald Trump is not without compromise or empathy or fault. Neither are we. It’s time to reassess, adjust, and get to producing something positive from this wreckage of parties and partnerships.
…I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.
Quote from Nov 2016
Permaculture is proactive and productive. It’s a system that creates and acts on solutions rather than dwells longingly over injustice and dysfunction, which is to say we are doers rather than naysayers, we seek answers rather than wallow in contempt, we seize opportunities when and how they present themselves. I say it is time for us to come together as one united people, each with voices and perspectives that count, and see if we can’t make something happen for the forces of good. We may not be the best companion planting, Trumpism and permaculture, but we can always put the buffer positive progress between us and grow respectively, and hopefully more respectful, as a result.