Common Earth Insights: Developing a Systemic Understanding of Climate Change
Improve your understanding of the diverse systems contributing to the climate crisis to effectively identify high-impact opportunities and optimize your efforts.
Join a forward-thinking movement that's dedicated to addressing vital questions about climate change and fostering a planet-friendly society. This dynamic course opens doors to a more sustainable future for all.
Through our comprehensive program, you'll delve into the intricate world of climate and socio-economic issues, gaining a broad perspective that unravels the interconnectedness of seemingly unrelated challenges. You will also be able to have insights towards improving your systems thinking, enhancing your clarity, and empowering you to confidently approach critical concerns on the climate crisis with high-leverage actions.
Be part of the change!
Shifting Perspectives and Making Connections
This foundational module zooms out to principles that help participants have insights to make new connections to various aspects of life, including the climate crisis. Module 1 focuses on the following elements:
Understanding systems thinking equips us with a more holistic understanding of how everything is interconnected - from the atmosphere, the oceans and forests, to the systems in our body, to our relationships in our families and communities, in a series of nested systems. Understanding the world this way provides a transferrable skill that allows for a more fulsome understanding of the dynamics of any situation. This enables us to see what is holding the present system in place, and where to intervene to create positive change. Using this scientific approach to solving problems, we are more likely to be successful while avoiding unintended consequences.
The Principles of Human Experience
One of the foundational premises for Common Earth is the centrality of thought. Once we have a clearer understanding of the ways in which we are the authors of our own experiences, it becomes that much easier to see how we can write a different story that serves us and the planet better.
The Origin Story
Every civilization has an origin story. These stories bind a community together and give meaning to individual lives. While honouring the world's cultural diversity, the world now needs a global unifying story of how we came into being. Modern mathematical cosmology is the awe-inspiring story that unifies all beings on the planet and addresses the oneness of it all.
The Climate Crisis
We explore the growing adverse impacts humans are having on the planet and how we can begin to alter this trajectory. This element is present throughout the course and permeates all other themes.
Identifying Leverage Points and Harnessing Community
Module 2 zooms in to explore some key systems that are closely connected to the climate crisis, while also having a hopeful look into systems that can help us move towards a caring society. Building on the knowledge acquired in the previous module, in this one we strengthen community connections between course participants. Module 2 explores the following elements:
With the support of new economic theories, we explore how our current economic systems are creating the climate crisis. From corporate monopolies, to the role of debt, and to the growing concentration of wealth; we will explore how these aspects of our current economic and social systems also engender the climate crisis. With that understanding we move into Modern Monetary Theory and inclusive economic models that can move us towards an empowering community.
The science of biomimicry is to understand ecological solutions to problems encountered in nature over millions of years and apply those solutions in our technological world. From aerodynamics to colour-changing properties, the natural world has elegant solutions to our sustainability problems if we only look to the wisdom of nature to guide us.
Through a deeper understanding of fundamental physics principles, we will reach a richer understanding of how energy systems work and our dependency on them in our daily lives. This will empower us to understand the constraints we have to work under, and how to move to a post-carbon caring society.
The Food System
An exploration that allows us to contrast the idealized image of food production with the harsh reality of the industrial food system. This system is nested within other complex systems, including ecology, economics, and culture. Industrial agriculture emits GHGs and disrupts critical feedback loops, hastening climate change. To create a sustainable food system, we must address this complexity, reevaluate practices, and promote a sustainable model for nourishing the planet while maintaining habitability.
Current industrial agriculture practices release up to ¼ of the planet’s carbon emissions. This impacts both climate change and soil quality. At this rate we will run out of arable soil within 60 years. Regenerative agriculture approaches farming with a focus on growing healthy soil, plants, and ecosystems while putting carbon in its place.
With a deeper understanding of how natural communities work in partnerships that thrive through operating in support and reciprocity, we become empowered to see the connections in our own lives. This enables us to create stronger caring communities in our own lives and for the sustainability of the environment as a whole.
"I joined this program hoping to help make positive change in the world and it went way beyond that, starting with a deep personal change. This program is life-changing and a force for good! Every single human should go through this experience!"
- Felipe, Netherlands
Gain a fresh perspective on the intricate and interconnected systems driving the climate crisis.
Empower yourself by grasping the pivotal role of our thoughts in shaping experiences, and discover how to channel this insight for enhanced creativity and resilience.
Cultivate empathy to better understand the consciousness levels of others.
Develop versatile and transferable skills.
Acquire valuable insights that enable you to strategically leverage your actions.
Duration: 8 weeks per module - 2 sessions per week
Session length: 2 hours
Format: Online - Live & Interactive sessions
Group size: 14 participants or less
Commitment: 6 to 8 hours per week (live sessions plus 1 to 2 hours of prework for each session.
Investment: This program is fully sponsored by Common Earth.
The course is fully delivered in English and requires fluency for better participation.
Reliable and consistent internet access to join interactive Zoom sessions, including the use of participant's audio and video.
Commitment to attend sessions and complete prework.
While we hope everyone will have a great experience and will be willing to continue their journey with us, Module 2 is discretionary and starts a month after the conclusion of the 1st Module.
Once your spot has been confirmed, we ask that you honour the commitment in order to maximize both your own experience and that of the group.
Complete the registration form.
A team member schedules a zoom call with you.
Align expectation and ask questions.
Provide us with a short bio.
You place is confirmed.