Center for Getting Things Started
C4GTS: We believe that the changing climate is the most pressing issue of our time. It affects and connects us all and has profound implications for the health and well-being of our families and ecologies, economy, society and culture. Our current economy, by design, makes us engage in metabolic and socioeconomic activities that keep heating the planet. Though we may try to live in a more sustainable way in our personal habits, without systems-level change, it is unlikely to be enough to tip the scales towards a cooler planet.
We take a systems-level approach to addressing climate change, working to create an economy that cools the temperature of the planet, rather than heating it. In this uncharted territory that is climate change, we become wayfinders, working with our co- navigators to build an economy and culture that operates in harmonious relation to the planet.
Ground Zero Initiative (GZI): Music festivals are a perfect testing ground for the cooling economy. Anyone who has ever attended a music festival will note that the environment created can be inspiring, a liminal space between the culture that is and the culture that could be. As such, these festivals tend to attract a demographic with a large percentage of people who want to be more in tune with nature’s patterns, are eco- friendly, aware of and concerned about climate change, seeking to strengthen community, and are drawn to new ways to engage with economics. However, the carbon footprint of such gatherings can be tremendous, especially when considering transportation to and from the festival.