Vita provides an complete explanation of the past, present and future that is anchored to a master-idea: the Ecozoic - the potential age in which humans and nature thrive in synergy. This master-narrative goes by a number of different names including Cosmovision, Metanarrative ,Worldview, or simply Vitan Mythology.
Vita accepts the science of cosmology.
In the beginning there was no time, space or matter.
Then, about 13.8 billion years ago the Big Bang occurred, and space, time and matter came into existence.
Over billions of years, galaxies, suns and planets formed.
Planet Earth formed around 4.5 billion years ago.
About 3.8 billion years ago, when surface conditions were suitable, life spontaneously formed from minerals, a biological process called Abiogenesis.
For 3 billion years life on Earth was comprised of basic, single-celled organisms.
About 600 million years ago there was the Cambrian Explosion, a rapid increase in complexity and diversity of life.
Eventually, life was able to manipulate the chemistry and temperature of the ocean and atmosphere and create a self-sustaining omni-holobiont that we call Vitae-planeta, the Living Planet.
Over time, conditions were right for the evolution of the Homo sapiens who, 12,000 years ago formed a global civilization.
To understand our place in Vita Big History we need a temporal frame of reference. The Vita Timeline covers the period from the Big Bang to the Big Crunch.
In-synergy - Out of sync - Anthropocene - The Quickening - Tipping Points - Blossoming - Swerve - Transition - Long Future - Translocation
For most of the 200,000 years that modern humans have been on Earth, we have lived in-synergy with Vitae-planeta. After-all, we humans were born to Vitae-planeta in the same way as the plankton and the tree, and for the same reason: to contribute to the well-being of the whole.
Out of Sync
Since the advent of civilization 12,000 years ago, the human race has been sliding out of synergy with Vitae-planeta. We have fallen out of sync with nature.
In the past 50 years, human activities have overwhelmed natural living systems of Earth and if we continue with this path, the ecosystem will collapse and human civilization will be swept away. The modern era - from the mid-fifties on - is referred to as the Anthropocene - the age of the humans.
Because the growth of our civilization is exponential, the crisis is speeding up, and increasingly, people are sensing this. They can see it in the extremes of weather, or the youtube videos of flash floods and cities torn apart by tropical storms. This speeding-up and looming sense of dread for the future is called the Quickening.
As the planet heats up, we approach a cascade of tipping points that could tip our planet into the hothouse and from which the human race will not survive. Today, we live in the era of Tipping Points.
As the Quickening increases and the Tipping Points approach, there is a rapid expansion of public awareness about the well-being of the planet. Increasingly, people start taking right action for sustainability and climate restoration. This is called the Blossoming. The rise of Vitae-planeta and the Extinction Rebellion is an example of the Blossoming.
When translated into right action, the Blossoming fosters a Swerve - a rapid and unpredictable shift in the trajectory of human civilization. If the swerve goes in the right direction, it will lead to the transition.
In the transition, the human race gets busy transforming the global economy and regrowing nature. If this can be done in time, it is possible to stabilize the destruction of Vitae-planeta and to create the possibility of the Long Future.
The Long Future
While humans may drive themselves extinct this century, Vitae-planeta will exist on Earth for another two billion years or so. If the human race can get in-synergy with Vitae-planeta we can create an abundant planet on which human civilization, in partnership with Vitae-planeta , can begin a very long journey together deep into the Long Future.
Two billion years from now, the Sun will go through its aging process. It will swell-up and Earth will receive too much heat for life to survive. Before this happens, humans could take selected Earth species to grow Vitae-planeta on another planet, and thus help her survive beyond the Long Future.
Where we are today?
Presently, we are in a time that is represented by the Anthropocene, Quickening, Tipping Points and the Blossoming.
The movie Prometheus features a planet that has been seeded with species from Earth to become an alternative home for humans. That movie is science fiction, but there is some science fact to this idea.
At some point in the future, it is conceivable that humans might take Earth species to another planet that has an orbit within the habitable zone of its star to help foster the growth of a biosphere or to augment the one that is already there.
If this were to happen, humans could be seen as an agent of the reproduction of Vitae-planeta.
Thus, humans are the part of the Living Planet that can help Vitae-planeta reproduce.
The longevity of life on Earth is limited by the aging process of our star, the Sun.
In a few billion years, the Sun will swell and our planet will become too hot for life.
Perhaps by then, humans will have helped to recreate a biosphere on another planet in order that Vitae-planeta might live on beyond Earth.
This is not something that should be attempted for many millennia, because:
- we humans are emotionally immature and have yet to learn how to live in balance with this planet
- space activity is very damaging to the biosphere
- efforts to colonise another planet will soak up massive amounts of financial and other resources at the very time that we need to be focusing on regenerating the living planet
For this reason, present attempts to colonise Mars are viewed as highly premature and dangerous to humanity and the biosphere.
According to astrophysicist Adam Frank there are probably hundreds of trillions of other civilizations on planets throughout the universe.
Given that physics is probably the same everywhere, it is likely that these civilizations have grown rapidly by exploiting fossil fuels and have or will go through their own version of the Anthropocene Crisis.
Frank suggests that most civilizations likely perish because they destroy their biospheres. However, he calculates that some survive.
Those that survive are the Class 5 Planets, the planets on which the civilization lives in synergy with the biosphere.
Vitae-planeta's role is to help Earth become a Class 5 Planet.
This is achieved by fostering a civilization that acts in synergy with the Earth's biosphere.
In order to reduce the chance of human extinction, it is necessary to decarbonise the global economy, draw-down a trillion tons of CO2 from the atmosphere, and regrow nature by mid-century.
These three missions can be simply described as:
Put another way, to ensure the health of Vitae-planeta an the opportunity for the human race to accompany her deep into the Long Future, the following mission needs to be executed.
Promptly bring about a world that features the:
- The fair and efficient distribution of freedom, equality, wealth and opportunity for humans, to foster globalized happiness and contentment.
This is underpinned by the:
- Restoration of natural capital and ecosystem services by regenerating forests, fisheries, farmland, fresh water, fresh air, flora and fauna;
- Ethical treatment of animals and landscapes, maintaining aesthetics and biological functions;
- Highly efficient use of sustainably harvested renewable energy - including solar, wind, waves, tides, geothermal and biomass - that is so abundant that it won't foster resource conflict;
- Cleaning up the mess left behind by the fossil fuel, nuclear and other industries, so that we don't hand this pollution legacy to future generations.