Rethinking Environmentalism in a Global Context

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Groundwork is a Colorado-based non-profit (501(c)3 pending) founded with the conviction that we have more than enough caring people in the world to make a positive difference in the realms of environmental sustainability and protection, social justice and equality. We believe that those caring people need three things to make a difference in their world: reliable baseline knowledge, tangible goals to work towards and projects that fit into their lives in a manageable way, and community to be a part of in their efforts. As an organization, we hope to provide these three things: (1) a base of knowledge and tools for analysis to understand what’s happening around us, (2) the means to act on both large and small scales in ways that make a visible and noticeable difference in the world and our communities, and (3) a community of like-minded people who can coordinate their efforts so that none of us feel we are acting alone.

Understanding What's Happening In The World

Building Environmental Literacy

Solving our environmental and cultural problems requires a strong base in science and environmental studies. We need to be able to fully understand the far-reaching impact of our actions on Earth, the science behind solutions, and the kind of scale we are talking about when we talk about climate science, electric cars, or growing food locally.
  • Crash course in sustainability by topic
  • Commonly discussed solutions: which ones are worthwhile?

Seeing Global Context

Groundwork is directed primarily towards people in the USA, an isolated nation without much perspective on how the majority of people on Earth do everyday things. Let’s take a tour through our global impact and the problems other cultures are facing.

Maintaining Hope

"The biggest gift you can give is to be absolutely present. And when you’re worrying about whether you’re hopeful or hopeless or pessimistic or optimistic, who cares? The main thing is that you’re showing up, that you’re here and that you’re finding ever more capacity to love this world, because it will not be healed without that. That is what is going to unleash our intelligence and our ingenuity and our solidarity for the healing of our world... there’s absolutely no excuse for making our passionate love for our world dependent on what we think of its degree of health, whether we think it’s going to go on forever. Those are just thoughts anyway. But this moment you’re alive. So you can just dial up the magic of that at anytime."
-Joanna Macy

Falling In Love With The World

When things are this unstable, a person’s determination, how they choose to invest their energy and their heart and mind can have a much effect on the larger picture than we’re accustomed to think. I find it an exciting time to be alive, if somewhat wearing emotionally.

Finding Living Alternatives

The seeds of a more sustainable world are alive all across the world. Billions of people are keeping alive systems that have proved sustainable for centuries. When we begin talking about sustainability as something new, we forget those who came before us. Our pursuit of a sustainable future is not like setting sail across an ocean in search of a new shore. Most of what we are looking for exists: it’s the shore that we’re already sailing away from. Let’s take a look back.

Creating A New Path Forward

Civic Engagement: Community, Meaning, & Results

Groundwork’s projects are designed to be the opposite of a typical USA non-profit. We seek to create projects that require little to no supervision, are easily scaled and replicated, and have planned impacts that are impossible to measure. We would prefer not to take responsibility for our successes, but rather to re-invigorate a spirit of active engagement in the world we live in. Why wait for some powerful entity to make change when we can do that ourselves?

Asking The Right Questions

The world of environmental thought in the USA is overflowing with dogma. It’s time we leave behind the conventional topics and view things more objectively. Where can our time and effort have the most real impact? Which questions are we avoiding simply because they’re difficult to confront?

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