Why Seven Years?
Taproot Earth plans to sunset in seven years.
Seven years will bring us to 2030: a critical turning point when we will no longer be able to reverse course to avoid the most devastating impacts of climate change. Urgency, scarcity, and fear continue to be the mainstream reaction to this timeline — but we believe that we can find solutions if we look to the frontlines and come from a place of abundance, healing, and love.
The number seven is also sacred across cultures, religions, and nature. From seven chakras of the body, to the God of Hebrew scripture who creates the world in seven days (including a day of rest), to seven colors in the light spectrum, the number seven holds significance across the globe. And the Seventh Generation Principal — written into the Constitution of the Iroquois around 1500AD — is reflected in the practices of many Indigenous tribes across North America. It demands that every decision should result in seven generations of just and equitable relationships.
Taproot will grow, flourish, fruit, and then feed into other organizations and movements when we sunset. We are conscious of the space we take up in the non-profit world and we reject the lure of building an organization that lasts beyond our timeline for change. We must transform the world now, pass along our tools and resources to the next generation of organizers, and launch them into a brighter future.