Context and Purpose of the 2045 Project
The timeline of 2045 provides a sensible Horizon from which to anticipate a shift in Civilization toward a new relationship with Earth, which I will call, following Bioregionalism, ReInhabitation. Pardon my play with language, such as adding caps to words that take on specific meaning in this context. My premise is that Modernism built since World War II around Economic Growth and its specfic Polical Economic Growth Regimes, will undermine the foundation of life on the planet, its World Social Ecology, and generate inequality on a massive scale while raising wealth for elites and those who fit into the scheme of globalization. This effort will reach its centry milestone in 2045, hence the name of this endeavor, the 2045 Project. I explain this more fully elsewhere.
Therefore, a new vision must be articulated promoting a ReInhabitation grounded in ethics and Ontology as well as Political Economy.
Or, at least I think so. So welcome to my project, fitting for recently retired Professor Emeritus of Sustainability. See my bio page.
After teaching for over 40 years about renewal of places and the necessary Political Economy, my intention in an active retirement resolves to transcend the worthwhile curriculum within which I taught to allow changes in values, institutions, and world views that take a while to implement.
To organize this daunting effort, I will re-purpose my website around three themes:
- Political Economy: The growth regimes of global capitalism must adjust to the dominant social and ecological concerns not registered by markets or unbridled growth, hallmarks of the historical system of capitalism. However, capitalism can be flexible and adaptive, but will not go away by 2045, after a century of economic growth --- I will explain later. However, I will insist that Political Economy deals with means, not intrinsic ends.
- World Social Ecology: The concrete culturally practices whereby humans settle their communities and regions through which they lead their lives, typically within family settings. All of these have intrinsic value to their inhabitants.
- Ontology: This branch of philosophy that fascinates me opens up a vista toward a reimagined ReInhabitation based on Hylomorphism: Body and Soul, Matter and Spirit. More on this later, but to get a head start, examine Laudato Si' by Pope Francis.
The Intended Audience for the 2045 Project
The themes above correspond to my continuing interests around sustainability, Political Economy (my home field of study), and Philosophy, a background adventure in thought. In effect, I am compiling notes to my legacy, exercising my hobby of building my ProfWork website that well served my course delivery.
These themes transcend the limits of the progressive and exciting curricula in Environmental Studies and Sustainability within which I worked at Ramapo College, now exploring as I wish. Should I identify a target audience, this would be sustainers, people who share my overall concern with the future of Nature and its culminating evolutionary achievement, Humanity.
A culmination that I integrates themes of Integral Ecology, Environmental and Social Justice, and spirituality would be Laudato Si' by Pope Francis, issued just as I retired. Sustainable Development, derived from the United Nations, included Our Common Future, the Brundtland Commission Report in 1987, but has recently been ably advanced by Jeffrey Sachs, an economist heading the Earth Institute at Columbia University, The Age of Sustainable Development, articulating the Millenial Development Goals, published in 2015.