Change and challenges will come, if we are connected with one another, we will be strong and our communities will survive better. Therefore we will be more resilient.
A really cool person did some research in this area in the early 20th century (more than a 100 years ago). His name was Peter Kropotkin. Kropotkin became enamoured with mutual aid after reading an 1880 lecture on the subject by the celebrated zoologist Karl Kessler.
Like other Russian naturalists at the time, Kessler didn’t deny the struggle for existence, but his own fieldwork in harsh and sparsely populated regions of the Russian empire strongly suggested that ‘the progressive development of the animal kingdom, and especially of mankind, is favoured much more by mutual support than by mutual struggle’.
This means we must all:
Connect to each other, ask for and give help Have the courage to adapt to change Take responsibility for ourselves, our neighbours and our city
Resilience is first and foremost a series of habits. What behaviour do we go to when things are tough? We go to our “default behaviours” or habits. Sometimes we may need to change these habits to those that will make us more resilient. So what are the new habits we need to build? And how will we build them through 10 lakh vriksh?
I find a way to pick up the plants and a place to plant them.
I come to Jungle to pick up my plants – to become a part of the community.I will take responsibility to load and unload required plant saplings in vehicle I invest in the tree guards and the time it takes to nurture the saplings.
I am responsible for planting my sapling; I get the tools; I dig the hole; and I remember to water my plant.
I can take discomfort to do something important.
I will need to do something new– take responsibility for my sapling. This can be scary so I will build courage.
I look for and give help and share what I know.
I upload plant updates onto the app, to inspire others and share progress.
I encourage others to take part and help them find the courage and time to do so.You talk to others about planting and looking after saplings and encourage them to plant.
Resilience is the ability to do these slightly hard things, especially in tough times. And to have the resilience in tough times, we need to practice when times are not so tough. We need to remember that the effort and “inconvenience” we are asking to invest is an essential part of the change we want.