Five decades after the explosion of ecological awareness, we need a global political movement to save what’s left of the biosphere, says Drew Dellinger….
“We are in a race between cosmology and capitalism. The worldview of endless growth, of exploitation of people, communities, and ecosystems, is collapsing the biosphere and choking the sky in just a few generations. The modern worldview is creating a single-use planet. In recent years, a new surge of authoritarian and fascist politics has underscored long-running barriers to basic expressions of democracy, voting rights, and human rights. We urgently need an expanded political movement to create racial, gender, and economic justice, to protect democracy and the rule of law, and to mitigate climate change and mass extinction.
“But the plutocracy and the world-consuming worldview of corporate capitalism exert a formidable gravity. ‘The reason why the present industrial world is so powerful,’ Thomas Berry once told me, ‘is that it has the story. It has the story of progress toward wonderworld.’ To counter the myth of progress and the ecocidal logic of capitalism, Berry called for a ‘New Story’ for the modern world, one that would supplant Western culture’s ‘Old Story’ of separation and anthropocentrism, mechanistic and materialistic thinking, exploitation and consumption. Before this New Story can take flight, modern society must face and dismantle the worldviews and institutions of colonialism, racism, patriarchy, and gender oppression which are integral to, and perpetuate, the Old Story.”
Read the full story by Drew Dellinger, Findhorn Fellow, founder of Planetize the Movement and author of Love Letter to the Milky Way….