In every addiction support group they say that until you acknowledge your addiction, realize who you have harmed and ask their forgiveness, there is little hope for lasting change. I think this holds true for the environment as well. People have an addiction, the addiction for more: more power, more possessions. To heal this widespread addiction of damaging our earth by our desire for more, widespread acknowledgement and repentance is also needed to facilitate a lasting change.
I believe the key to our survival does lie in a small-scale community and governance structure. The more localized you are, the more you are able to solve and prevent problems in your area. One large government is good for things such as taxes and controlling major resources and roadways. But to really build good policy everywhere, local government and community could do that significantly better. People who live in an area know the land better and can create policy and community to become more resilient and mobilized for the coming natural disasters. We are part of the natural world. We have the same ability to adapt as a community and as a species. However, if we don’t acknowledge the damage done and the fact that we need to change our ways significantly, earth and our species could be in a lot of trouble.