If I’m being honest, yes, it is. Which doesn’t feel great.
In part, this is because I’m at the start of a journey to ‘more good’ and because I don’t have all the answers.
But also because the narrative around the climate emergency is often so polarised.
At one end we have the science which is telling us to stop burning fossil fuels, stop flying, stop driving, stop eating meat and stop buying stuff.
At the other end we have the cynics who are saying ‘stop with the lies’.
In between is a vast space with people trying to find answers within their own lives.
And trying to navigate the terrifying reality of climate breakdown in a world where we* are born into modes of extraction, consumption and waste.
It’s messy, confusing and at times feels hopeless.
This is where MTTR is.
To think we are easily going to separate ourselves from the capitalist model that’s destroying our living planet, I’m afraid is wishful thinking, no mater how desperately urgent it is.
The shifts we need to make to our collective values – as well as what we value – to avert a hellish nightmare is immense, radical and on every level: personal, political, societal and systemic.
And it’s going to take time, acceptance, co-operation, humility, fairness and will.
All things which are in short supply in this moment.
But it’s not beyond us. Just yet.
So looking objectively at where we are now, we need alternatives which work within our planetary boundaries, because we’re going backwards when it comes to burning fossil fuels, flying, driving, eating meat AND buying stuff.
Make no mistake, I don’t believe for a minute we’re going to spend ourselves out of the mess we’re in.
It’s business as usual which got us here.
(And even so-called ‘conscious consumption’ has its limits. And also limits participation.)
But within this mess we need new ideas, some good old-fashioned wisdom, action and hope.
I’m hoping MTTR can be a part of this?
*When I write ‘us’ and ‘we’ I’m referring to us folk in the Global North who have created this mess.