Greenprints Steps

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1. Think differently

  • ecocentrism is the way to start – we are one part of the whole earth community – Earth centred, biodiverse societies are healthy societies
  • imagine we want people to live here forever (because we do) – how much would we take from nature? how we can be regenerative, not extractive?
  • turn human planning processes upside down – begin with caring for country (not human aspirations): what can nature give us sustainably here, in this place? how can we fit within ecological limits … and then we ask: what human aspirations are possible within these biophysical realities?
  • engage with the key concepts of ecological limits, planetary boundaries and doughnut economics/steady state economics
  • TOOLS – ecocentric thinking, Indigenous knowledge, the arts – storytelling – creativity, western science, philosophy, culture, psychology, critical thinking, systems change, deep ecology, Nature Play, ecoliteracy, Greenprints Mapping Tool, Surviving the Anthropocene and more!

2. Define our boundaries

  • sustainability means circular, regenerative societies
  • to live within our limits, we have to define our limits – bioregions are a good starting point – they define nature from the ground up
  • connect local bioregional boundaries with planetary boundaries
  • TOOLS – the arts, Indigenous knowledge, bioregions, western science, Greenprints Mapping Tool

3. Understand our ecological foundations – connect to place and planet

  • what is our place all about? how do we understand where we live? how does nature work here?
  • what does ecological integrity look like in this place? what does healthy soil, vegetation, waterways and biodiversity look like here?
  • how do we define our local, bioregional and planetary “places” and understand interconnectedness?
  • deepening our connection to country – learning from Indigenous knowledge and wisdom
  • TOOLS – Indigenous knowledge, modern history, western science, Greenprints Mapping Tool, Nature Play, bushwalking, land care, exploring, reading about place

4. Understand human activities and economic impacts – past, present and future

  • how have people lived here since the beginning?
  • how have human activities changed this place since colonisation? How have we been growing food, building houses, using transport, generating energy and extracting from nature to support human activities?
  • how has current land use, production and consumption, waste and pollution changed this place?
  • what economic modes of thinking and doing are driving activities in this bioregion?
  • what governance systems do we use in our place? do they support ecological health and social justice?
  • how are we treating other people in our place? what does social justice and fair distribution of resources look like in our place?
  • how are we impacting other bioregions and the global community?
  • TOOLS – Indigenous knowledge, history, Greenprints Mapping Tool, Doughnut Economics, unique economic data for the region, social indicators and information for the region, western science, sustainability analysis, State of Environment, and more!

5. Health check – are we living in our bioregion and nation sustainably, or are we in overshoot?

  • are we living here sustainably or are we taking too much/in overshoot? how can we work this out at the local and bioregional level?
  • how does our local lifestyle and bioregional activities affect the global community?
  • TOOLS – Planetary Boundaries, Doughnut Economics, Ecological Footprint Method, Sustainable Development Goals

6. Transforming the future – how we can live within our limits, in this place?

  • let’s build scenarios – what will our place look like if we continue the way we are now (Business As Usual)? what could our place look like if we change land use and transform our economic activities? how can human economics thrive and transform, while we regenerate and restore land and life?
  • how do we create Greenprints Scenarios, to show how we can work towards a better future?
  • TOOLS – drawing all our other Greenprints steps together for Scenario Planning, Indigenous knowledge, systems analysis, focusing on Planetary Boundaries to guide priority areas of transformation, using Sustainable Development Goals, Doughnut Economics and Planetary Health to guide our options, building a picture of bioregional health; redrawing the Greenprints Map for our place

7. Transforming our governance – taking action

  • how can communities, businesses and governments collaborate to work in the same direction?
  • how do we connect initiatives and focus on priorities?
  • how do we shift from extractivism to regeneration?
  • how can we understand and overcome barriers to making change happen?
  • how do we analyse and change our legal, economic and governance systems, to embed our new approach to living in this place?
  • how can we resource and fund the transformation we need to make?
  • TOOLS – Greenprints Scenarios, drawing new Greenprints Maps, Rights of Nature, legal expertise and law reform strategies, economic reform strategies, stories and advocacy, specific pathways for transformation, funding and financial support, long term community building and knowledge sharing