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Hagens’ ninth Intervention and Wild Idea: “Civilian Land Corps” at the intersection of EUCATION, KNOWLEDGE, ECOLOGY

What if we allowed for a voluntary year off for 17 to 25 year-olds to work on ecological and community restoration projects? —

No 2746 Posted by fw, June 23, 2021—

“We just passed a 1.9 trillion-dollar stimulus. And another big infrastructure plan is on the way. In total, the stimulus has been five trillion dollars. What if we allowed for a voluntary year off for 17 to 25 year-olds to work on ecological and community restoration projects along the lines of FDR’s civilian conservation corps in the 1930s? We want our young people to feel pride of place and confidence in the future – To be ready to strive and innovate. We can inspire them by reinvesting in ecological resilience, in beauty, on public lands, on private lands, even on civic lands and towns and cities…. Either paying these young Americans for a year or giving them free college or future tax relief would be one of the best possible uses of stimulus dollars, because they are helping our ecosystems and building networks of hope, meaning and vitality. Is this really such a Wild Idea?” —Nate Hagens

In today’s repost, Hagens presents EDUCATION / KNOWLEDGE / ECOLOGY as his ninth of 12 Interventions combined with his ninth Wild Idea: “Civilian Land Corps” at the intersection of EUCATION, KNOWLEDGE, ECOLOGY.

Below is my transcript of Hagens’ ninth Intervention and accompanying Wild Idea, which I have titled: “EDUCATION / KNOWLEDGE / ECOLOGY: Ninth Intervention and (Wild Idea)”. As usual, I include in this repost an embedded video of Hagens’ almost 3-hour, information-rich talk. He packages his address in 33 myths, featuring a synopsis of key ideas from his past written works and videos. And at the bottom of the repost is a list of Hagens’ 33 myths, plus two others – Introduction at the beginning and Interventions at the end.

For those who would prefer to watch the embedded video on You Tube, click on the following linked title.

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Earth and Humanity: Myth and Reality, by Nate Hagens, You Tube, May 21, 2021 (2hr, 52min)

TRANSCRIPT of “EDUCATION / KNOWLEDGE / ECOLOGY: Ninth Intervention and (Wild Idea)” (a short 2:21-minutes long, starting at the 2:38:58 mark, ending at 2:41:19)

EDUCATION / KNOWLEDGE / ECOLOGY  [Ninth Intervention and (Wild Idea)]

The COVID pandemic gave us a glimpse that our education system is now failing. The 21st century will require sensemaking more than it will need memorization and traditional education. The gameboard is now wide open for bold new moves in this area.

Here’s one at the intersection of education, knowledge, and ecology.

We just passed a 1.9 trillion-dollar stimulus. And another big infrastructure plan is on the way. In total, the stimulus has been five trillion dollars.

What if we allowed for a voluntary year off for 17 to 25 year-olds to work on ecological and community restoration projects along the lines of FDR’s civilian conservation corps in the 1930s? We want our young people to feel pride of place and confidence in the future – To be ready to strive and innovate. We can inspire them by reinvesting in ecological resilience, in beauty, on public lands, on private lands, even on civic lands and towns and cities.

Imagine the United States:

+ where vibrant parks and urban forests produce shade and food for communities;

+ where highway roadsides are beautifully vegetated;

+ where rivers and waterways have healthy forested edges and well-maintained trails and trail heads;

+ where soil and wind erosion from intensive agricultural operations is now buffered by large-scale hedgerows of native plants, protecting the nearby residents from dusts and poisons.

Imagine a nation that employs it’s best ecological thinkers, scientists, landscape architects, technologists and conservationists in joining together with young people to map the points of intervention with a program aimed at enhancing our green infrastructure, affirming the reality that a healthy, functioning, ecological system is our best homeland security for the longer term.

Either paying these young Americans for a year or giving them free college or future tax relief would be one of the best possible uses of stimulus dollars, because they are helping our ecosystems and building networks of hope, meaning and vitality.

Is this really such a Wild Idea?

2:41:19 — End of Ninth Intervention and Wild Idea

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LIST OF THE 33 MYTHS (plus opening introduction and closing Interventions (and Wild Ideas)

Nate notes that the myths themselves are listed in reverse numerical order from #33 down to #1, while the time markers are in chronological order from beginning to end, which facilitates their quick and easy location on the video. The myths can be watched in any order, but the order they’re in made the most sense to Hagens. To go directly to the beginning of any numbered myth or to the opening Introduction and closing Interventions and Wild Ideas, just click on the linked time stamp.

Time stamps: 0:04 — Introduction 2:20 — Myth #33: The Experts Have ALL the Answers 4:16 — Myth #32: Humans Are Separate From Nature 6:45 — Myth #31: Humans Are Mostly Selfish 12:17 — Myth #30: More Is Better 18:12 — Myth #29: “Someday I’ll Have enough” 21:18 — Myth #28: We Care About the Future 23:38 — Myth #27: Everyone Has Their Own Truth 26:37 — Myth #26: Truth Matters 29:31 — Myth #25: Energy Is Merely a Commodity 34:28 — Myth #24: The American Dream is Based on Hard Work and Cleverness 36:05 — Myth #23: Oil: The USA Will Be the Next Saudi Arabia 41:46 — Myth #22: We Can Always Get More Resources if We Have More Money 44:42 — Myth #21: Renewables Can Power THIS Civilization 50:55 — Myth #20: In the future we wont need oil due to Peak Demand!! 55:01 — Myth #19: We Can Achieve Net Zero!! (by 2050 or any date) 59:54 — Myth #18: As Earth runs out of resources, We’ll Colonize Outer Space!! 1:02:26 — Myth #17: Growth Is Forever 1:05:04 — Myth #16: GDP Is the Right Goal for Society 1:10:56 — Myth #15: Overpopulation Is the Main Driver 1:15:21 — Myth #14: Technology Will Solve It 1:21:16 — Myth #13: The Environment Is Part of the Economy 1:24:04 — Myth #12: The Natural World Is Ours 1:27:03 — Myth #11: Climate Change Is the Core Problem 1:32:44 — Myth #10: Billionaires and Politicians Are in Charge 1:38:56 — Myth #9: Financial Markets Give Us the Right Signals for the Future 1:43:22 — Myth #8: Stimulus Is Permanent 1:48:37 — Myth #7: We Need to Crash the System to Get a Fresh Start 1:52:43 — Myth #6: The Use of Nuclear Weapons Is Unthinkable 1:57:03 — Myth #5: Fossil Fuel Companies Are at Fault 2:03:01 — Myth #4: Capitalism Is to Blame 2:07:54 — Myth #3: Humans Are Bad 2:11:37 — Myth #2: We Face a Shortage of Energy 2:14:17 — Myth #1: We Are Doomed 2:19:56 — Interventions (and Wild Ideas)

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