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EcoIQ Editor's Commentary: Focus on What Matter's Most

We're planning, as this is written in mid-2019, to roll out an entirely new website over the next few months. This and other initial pages on our new site are intended to begin a process that will involve contributors and create a site useful for those working to protect their homes and communities.

The Editor's Commentary above focuses on why Protecting Our Homes & Communities should be a major focus of our attention. It is unlikely that households and communities will be able to rely on higher levels of government, either to protect them from threats or to pursue opportunities. As articulated more fully in We Must Save Ourselves, we will need to do much of what must be done for ourselves, often with little or no practical help from above.

Unlike our sections on Making Democracy Work and Finding Common Ground, this arena encompasses too much variety to approach in the same way. Consequently, what will be presented in this section is first an overview of threats and opportunities confronting communities all over the country, and then we'll suggest an approach intended to assist prospective and current local activists and advocates with tools and processes they can use to become more effective.

Overview Of Threats & Opportunities

We have compiled an overview of both threats and opportunities, understanding that many threats also create opportunities and many opportunities give rise to threats. We must cope with very rapid change, some of it unwelcome because it degrades our homes and communities. For this reason, it will prove impossible for many communities to create positive futures without covering these inevitable losses with offsetting gains through new opportunities. More >>

Community Assessment

If you have not been substantially involved in activism in your community (very broadly defined), whether you are a long-time resident or a recent arrival, you will make better choices and be more effective if you take the time to really understand your community. Most people who have been or are now active in the community will also benefit from getting a better or more up-to-date understanding of their community. More >>

Self Assessment

If you want to be an effective advocate or activist, or a more effective one, it helps to know just what you bring to the table, both good and bad. Who are you? What roles do you play in the community? What social networks are you a part of? What is your reputation? How do others see and experience you? What are your communication and interpersonal skills? Weaknesses? What are your attitudes? Hostile? Angry with the "other side?" Self assessment can help you pick ways to participate that utilize your strongest assets while sidestepping weaknesses until they can be remedied. More >>

Finding The Best Match

This is pretty straightforward. The better you understand your community, and the better you understand yourself, the more able you will be to find the best places to participate and, having made those choices, the more effective you will be in the roles and at the goals you have chosen. More >>

Protecting From Climate Impacts

Communities protecting themselves from climate impacts is just one of a large number of examples that could follow a similar approach of identifying problems and then suggesting helpful resources. Here the focus is on communities at risk for floods, wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, droughts, violent storms, spreading deserts and dust storms, and invading tropical diseases. We've provided an initial listing of helpful organizations, articles and books. More >>

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