MATTER OF RESILIENCE : The Deep Adaptation process
DEEP ADAPTATION Auroville is a collective of information exchange on climate change, the socio-environmental collapse and adaptation to its consequences in Auroville and the bioregion in order to move into practical actions towards more mutual-aid and solidarity, resilience and sustainability.
DEEP ADAPTATION Coordination Group is a group of dedicated aurovilians who coordinates initiative and needs of Deep Adaptation Auroville.
DEEP ADAPTATION is a concept developed by Prof. Jem Bendell. based on the acceptance of abrupt environmental transformation as a decision-making factor today www.jembendell.com
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- Read the question, take a deep breath, make silence at about the question…
- Keep the question in mind during the day… See what’s coming to you. Write your answer on paper.
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We are now facing a global crisis, external as internal. The lockdown during the last month forces us to experience feeling like worries, frustration, stress, insecurity
It forces us to be with ourselves. How do we live the lockdown? How do we feel?
In this context of social collapse, the capacity to adapt to changing circumstances to survive in a new environment leads us to ask the following questions:
- Resilience – which asks us “how do we keep what we really want to keep?”
A number explanations or definitions are given from both a physical and psychological perspective. In pursuit of a conceptual map of “deep adaptation,” the resilience of human societies can be conceived as the capacity to adapt to changing circumstances so as to survive with valued norms and behaviors. The question is asked “What are the valued norms and behaviors that human societies will wish to maintain as they seek to survive?”.
- Relinquishment – which asks us “what do we need to let go of in order to not make matters worse?”
The concept involves people and communities letting go of certain assets, behaviors, and beliefs where retaining them could make matters worse (e.g. withdrawing from coastlines, shutting down vulnerable industrial facilities, or giving up expectations for certain types of consumption).”
- Restoration – which asks us “what do we bring back to help us with the coming difficulties and tragedies?”
“It involves people and communities rediscovering attitudes and approaches to life and organisation that our fossil fuel-based civilization has eroded. (e.g. re-wilding landscapes so they provide more ecological benefits and require less management, changing diets back to match the seasons, rediscovering non-electronically powered forms of play, and increased community-level productivity and support).
- Reconciliation – which asks us “What could I make peace with to lessen suffering?”
This question incorporates the idea of Reconciliation with one’s death, including any difficulties and regrets in one’s life, any anger towards existence itself (or God). It also invites reconciliation between peoples, genders, classes, generations, countries, religions and political persuasions.
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