One of the key events at the Transition Network International Conference 2015 is the Requiem for the Global Industrial Growth System, which will take place on the Saturday, between 4.30 and 6pm. Sophy Banks, who is part of a team designing and facilitating the session, introduces it here:
Is the system of global economic growth dead? Is it dying?
There are many people feeling that this vast, unprecedented, unknowable system that covers our planet and dominates the lives of most people alive today – not to mention all the other life forms affected – is somehow coming to an end. Its passing could take a day or a century. Its end is probably already spreading across the geography of the planet, unequally distributed – as its benefits and destruction have been.
This can bring many feelings – relief, the possibility of something new, an end to impossible and relentless destruction. Fear – how will we live, whose lives are so dependent on it, will what comes next be worse, harsher, even more violent and unequal? Sadness – for the loss of the good things it is brought, the opportunities, freedoms, wealth – for some at least? Hope – the possibility of life restored, ecosystems that may survive and replenish, human dignities recovered or discovered?
At the Transition Conference we will hold a ceremony to mark this enormous change – perhaps a change in direction of much of the human race, what some have called “The Great Turning”. What happens when we acknowledge the passing of this vast construction? Inspired in part by a short ceremony at the New Story Summit a year ago, we will remember some of the history of the Global Industrial Growth System, its impacts and its effects. We will reflect on how our lives are intertwined with its existence. We will see some of the biggest industries that are part of the system. What was their original purpose? What needs do they fulfil – and what will we want to keep going forward, of their technology and structures?
And finally, what are our prayers and wishes for the future that comes after, that we are already building, that some have never left?
This will be an experiential, ceremonial time – with movement, words, music, and space for feelings and expression. We expect it to be powerful – and it’s an experiment, so we don’t know what will happen.
If you want to explore your relationship with this aspect of the modern world, we invite you to come and be part of creating a Requiem for this Global Industrial Growth System!