I'm fond of the translation of the admonition in the Tao te Ching - "The journey of a thousand miles starts from where your feet are". Generally translated as 'the journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step', the former also invites consideration of recognizing where one's feet are planted in stance prior to taking that first step.
Some time ago C.H. Waddington coined the term chreod or creod, combining the Greek for 'necessary' and 'path'. In brief, using this to describe the developmental pathway of a cell, he noted for instance that genes would determine things like eye color, but not focal traits. This also led to Waddington considering beyond the gene and the influence of the 'epigenetic landscape'.
The chreod could be considered a canal or channel worn, like a rut, through gene repetitions in evolution. They are countless and infinite. Yet the organisms produced by and producing genes are also influenced by and influence the epigenetic landscape. They can wear down barriers between chreods, jump them, and actually reform and wear new chreods. When does a fruitful furrow become a deadly chreod/rut?
I'd submit that this is perhaps one lens/analogy for viewing our situation. The absolutely essential diversity has been channeled into separate chreods [or call them 'silos'] to marginalize their breadth and integrity.
Like Sander's call to continue to be engaged, we're looking at not only some desired destinations and outcomes, but above all doing some fundamental infrastructural road work, path maintenance and design stewardship in the political 'epigenetic landscape'.
The consequences of centuries of genocide, marginalization, profit taking and ecocide are rolling down the chreode worn by predatory capitalism. It is possible to deny that one is in denial, but those consequences can't be avoided - only prevented ... time to stop digging and climb out of the hole, take a look around and enjoy the greater breadth of input, listen to and debate more sustainable narratives and methodologies.
Adding: There is more than sufficient talent, insight, scholarship, data, and successful pilot projects from which to draw. Some have likened our situation to being on an old worn out battleship with nothing but wooden oars to turn it around before it hits the [ largely submerged] iceberg. I'd change that a little. Say the situation is one where we have to re-engineer, re-purpose and rebuild the old tank because its already run aground. This old battleship is chock full of materials to be re-purposed.