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Whole-System Solutons
What Can I Do?


An Evolving Solutions Guide for Ensuring
the 7 Core Needs of all Humans and Animals Are Met

A peaceful and thriving world is one that is fundamentally free from all forms of oppression and domination. It is a world where humanity lives in right relationship with ourselves, with each other, with other species and with the entire natural world. It is a world in which all humans and animals have their core needs met without privilege or prejudice, so each can manifest their unique potential—in mutual enrichment with their communities and ecosystems. 

— Shelley Ostroff


This evolving Resource Guide builds on the Solutions Guide by focussing specifically on inspiring resources, initiatives and topics that are related to the 2nd Primary Task of Eco-Governance, which is to ensure the 7 Core Needs of all Humans and Animals are met in the shortest possible time through guaranteed access to:

  • Living Soil

  • Healthy Water

  • Vitalizing Food

  • Fresh Clean Air

  • Physical and Emotional Safety

  • Comfortable Shelter

  • The conditions and resources needed for all to realize their unique potential – in mutual enrichment with their communities and ecosystems.

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 Explore All Core Needs

Overview of Contents with Links to Each Section

(You can also use the anchor menu on the left to navigate between sections)

1. Challenges

2. Whole-System Solutions

3. What Can I / We Do — Now?

Challenges to SAFETY

Current Context


  • 689 million people live in extreme poverty, surviving on less than $2 a day.

  • Children and youth account for two-thirds of the world’s poor, and women represent a majority in most regions.

  • Extreme poverty is increasingly concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa. About 40% of the region’s people live on less than $2 a day.

  • Six men own the same wealth as half of humanity.

  • 89.3 million people are forcibly displaced with over 27.1 million refugees. 

  • Every day there are 35 million victims of sex trafficking

  • Worldwide, almost 20% of all victims are children. However, in some parts of Africa and the Mekong region, children are the majority (up to 100%).



  • 99% of the US’s food livestock is factory farmed

  • 80% of antibiotics produced globally are for farm animals

  • There are more than 25,000 factory farms in the US alone

  • 2,000 chickens are slaughtered every second

  • Each year, more than 110 million animals are killed in U.S. laboratories.

  • Every year in the U.S., NIH spends about 47% of research funding on animal experimentation

Primary Threats

  • Colonizing, Domination & Self-serving Mindset

  • Social Systems

  • War, Conflict & Violence

  • Poverty

  • Hunger

  • Intergenerational Trauma

  • Trafficking & Exploitation

  • Social & Cultural Engineering

  • Social Media

  • Consumerist Culture & Economy

  • Degraded Value System

Whole-System Solutions ~ PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL SAFETY

See also the Solutions Guide for additional resources 

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