The core theme of Charles Eisenstein’s latest book, Climate: A New Story, is a living planet view of Earth, especially in relationship to climate change. Charles encourages a return to a love-based discourse as the motivation to do the courageous things we need to do to change the direction of civilisation. For example, “We love the whales so much and they’re disappearing; let’s save the whales. We love the forests so much and they’re disappearing; let’s save the forests. Courage does not come from fear. Courage comes from love.”
“Our primary rainforests and primary ecosystems have an importance that we just don’t even understand. They are reservoirs of biodiversity; they are reservoirs of the health of the original mind of Gaia. This goes beyond a scientific understanding.”
From the living planet view, the priorities, as Charles sees them, are to protect, preserve and heal the organs and tissues of the Earth in this order:
- Protect and preserve anything that is still in a pristine, or close to pristine condition – the Amazon, the Congo, and any other rainforests, along with wetlands and ocean areas that are still relatively pristine – anything that still has the original lifeforce of Earth.
- Regenerate damaged ecosystems and create marine preserves that should cover at least half of the oceans – with no fishing, no interference there whatsoever – engage in marine permaculture, regenerative agriculture and reforestation to heal what’s been damaged.
- Stop poisoning the tissues of Gaia with PCBs, the heavy metals, the pharmaceutical waste, the radioactive waste, the industrial pollution.
- Cut greenhouse emissions.
Interview by Pachamama Alliance in support of The Sacred Headwaters Initiative.