The 7G Emergency Restoration Coalition (7GERC) is an open source idea born from my training and experience as a fire fighter and EMT. (National Wild Fire Coordinating Group and the incident command system (ICS) FEMA. I am also incorporating the seventh generation philosophy to create this project; It came to life for me when directing the 2018 7G Crestone Energy Fair (CEF).
I extend my sincere condolences to any losses you or your loved ones may have had from this pandemic. I hope the local government gets something useful out of this project. The 7GERC visual aid planning wheel below is designed to quickly assist people during emergencies by showing a flow and guide for actions. Hopefully the wheel will help assist you, our community leaders, doctors, businesses, health care workers and the community emergency response team (CERT) who are helping with the Covid-19 issue. May it help our team spirit rebuild trust for our mutually beneficial, reciprocal relationships that keep us thriving in such a small town.
Planing, Response and Recovery… Both new and old approaches will be needed for new symbiosis within our community – In order for us best to succeed we will need to have a strong Mind (mental health and virtuous leadership), Body (physical health and local conservation/economy), and Spirit (whole love and vital unity). The ICS, 7G and zen philosophies have been baked in with permaculture principles to build out this system.
Thoughts on moving forward…
The long game…what it could become. If we all support groups like CEF, CERT, CBR (Crestone Baca Resilience) and others to build a hall and common mission together, they/we could help give each other a hand up and restart confidence, morale and healthy community interaction. All the groups working together could help secure critical infrastructure with off-grid food, water and medicine, shelter, heating, power, and education, etc. Could it be that Covid-19 is a catalyst or paradigm shifter for renewed inspiration for back-to-the-land practices? We can share each others’ diversified skill sets, specifically in the cultivation of happiness, health… and basic living,, trade, farm steading, greenhouses, cooperative farm shares, and celebration of restoration. Symbiotically!
The short game… what to do now. A good way to start, I’ve found, is to set personal goals. One is to become more symbiotically attuned to the new bugs in the air…breathe like you landed on a new planet and just had your first breath of air. Of course take logical protective measures, and ask for the probiotic bugs to be strong! Also very important is attempting one’s best to understand, adapt and make peace with all relationships in life, on all levels, from the most microscopic creature – which is equally important to the whole human living system – to the entire known planet. The symphony that all life dances to is dependant on all cycles being in balanced harmony to create the biostasis that we have become accustomed to, and which we thrive within. It’s a beautiful thing to come to terms with the reality of how much life is in our compost heaps, for example – one handful of living soil should have millions of microscopic , helpful beings, and that is what is required to grow truly healthy food. And, learning to know that the average human has up to nine billion non-human microscopic life forms in and on us, Wow! If we are smart – we are working with them, listening to them, and learning from them to help keep COVID-19 down.
Bottom line.. We all breathe the same air! If things get too complicated just count to 5! – Go back to the basic fundamental science of all nourishment comes from the sun and earth. Hit the reset button! Perhaps the simplicity of chopping wood and carrying water (living close to the land) will help us remember “If you’re fed, warm, and loved it really doesn’t get much better.” Also digging in the soil and planting seeds in the rain and sunshine leads to a feeling of being a part of the web of life, and this can give purpose and meaning to the human’s day.
What works for you? Going outside for the day, following a bug! Balancing with the rhythm of nature for a nourishing source of energy, finding an inner peace and confidence within the wisdom of life’s web, for you are a part of this! Shed what is no longer needed, less is more, enjoy non action. Utilizing appropriate technology is key to this journey, and by making choices for the long haul or seven generations, preparing for the future can become simple. Without a healthy inter-woven relationship with the world our food chain and homeostasis could change before our very eyes!
Restoration….Our community can improve itself stewardship with a bit of discipline and increased spirit of service. As far as sharing space with others, well… 6′ will have to do for now… if you can get out of the house before going crazy, get educated by another source and don’t be exploited by spooks with fear for sale. Again, the main mission is to assist efforts already in place by local groups and government, and to support one another in healthy relationships. Things that ultimately matter the most – as written by the Crestone Mountain Grange crew…”Food, Family and safety” – Nourishing life from living soil and sunshine, seems essential now above all else because, well… the other stuff is just revealed as rather trivial now.
It will take a village to do this work! Godspeed!