Greentopia 2050: How I became one with a lettuce
Everyone must radically change the way they live - and even their culture - to save the planet, the Greens say. They want people to live in car-less “urban villages’‘, feed off community gardens and re-localise schools and hospitals.
Deputy leader of the Australian Greens Christine Milne outlined her green dream in a speech in Canberra earlier this year. “Our wealth has not brought us happiness,’’ Senator Milne told the National Press Club. “The political, social and economic makeover required is so transformative that it creates the opportunity to go greenfields.’’
Here is a preview of what this world looks like…
Whalesong looked over the row of macrobiotic lettuces he had planted in the Christine Milne Memorial Community Garden.
Harvest was not looking good this year, despite the invocation of Gaia’s goodness by the most revered village community elder Harmonywave.
Whalesong winced as he remembered the turmoil of two days before when Harmonywave had fallen, possibly breaking her hip on the village rune stone.
It had been a frantic trip by ambocycle to the nearby Bob Brown Community Wholeness and Wellness Centre.
The ambocycle chain kept slipping off, the Village Central Committee had voted against replacing it last year knowing that they would be open to the ecocrime accusation of wanton waste during the monthly Do Without Drives.
As Harmonywave was unable to make more than a token effort on her pedals, Whalesong had strained hard.
On the way they picked up the local shaman and brain/heart/lung/general wellbeing consultant who was doing his allotted nature nurture time in the community garden.
The shaman said he might need to operate, if the chakra crystals would not properly align for positive healing energy.
At the centre he began washing the mud off the garden tools for the possible surgery.
At age 63, Harmonywave had endured well before the coming of Greenlightenment, as the election of the Greens 15 years before in 2035, also the year of Whalesong’s birth, was now called.
Harmonywave had often told how terrible life had been before the evil Labor/Liberal coalition had been beaten and people had adopted their envirobeing new personas.
People back then lived for themselves and did what they wanted, Harmonywave explained, rather than accepting they had been dreamed into being by Gaia as agents of her planetary custodianship.
The 16-year-old Whalesong didn’t always understand what Harmonywave was on about.
However he tried hard to absorb all the attitude adjustment internalizations offered by the local higher-consciousness collective, previously called Waverly High School.
Last night Whalesong had watched the community TV set during the power permission period to see the discussion about the upcoming local ecolections.
It had been a troublingly unharmonious session with sometimes argument breaking out between the current Prime Person of the Environmental Republic of Australia, Nofootprint, and the leader of the new radical splinter group, The Real Greens, who was called Earthworrier.
Nofootprint stood accused of taking an extra bath in complete violation of water sustainability laws.
In return Nofootprint accused Earthworrier of encouraging her young followers to smash up the few small businesses allowed the recidivist recalcitrants, who were enslaved by the old money before morality mindset.
A representative of the Vegan Defence League in the audience called out something about the massacre of vegetables for human greed.
Both leaders promised to keep researching whether it is possible to solely live off the macrobiotic nutrients secreted by algae, despite rumoured cases of malnutrition.
Nofootprint was also asked why the navy’s remaining “peaceboat”, the Steve Watson, had refused to fire on the whale murderers.
There were general boos when Earthworrier explained that the Japanese naval protection given to the murderers made it risky for the patrol boat to do more than shield the Sea Shepherd hero-activists, who in any event were more heavily armed.
The debate broadcast was cut short by an unscheduled power preservation, the wind turbines had been still that day.
So the village instead had their nightly vows of planet penance.
Personal pollutions were confessed and then absolutions chanted as each vowed to promote earthwareness.
However there was a general commotion as someone reported they had been tidying Harmonywave’s living-space and had found hidden contraband items.
These included such criminal cosmetics as shampoo, luxury foods like chocolate and brightly coloured body coverings, some said they were silk scarves, which were definitely not hewn from the community garden hemp.
All the items must have come from the black marketers, despised earthkillers who the Greenpolice were forever chasing.
Whalesong was deeply disturbed.
However, he couldn’t help wondering what shampoo must feel like.
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