“Do YOU believe it is possible to regenerate the Earth? If so, what are you willing to do to transform your life to become a healer of ecosystems and steward of community health? If not, what would it take to convince you to change your mind?
“We need to BELIEVE in ourselves if we are to become the immune system of Planet Earth. Right now our cultures are functioning more like AIDS — an immune deficiency disorder that cripples Earth’s ability to regulate itself. This must change and it must change now.
“Regeneration is the capacity of any living system to continue its dynamic existence as being alive. It is the feedbacks and circulations that give nutrients to all parts of what is living. And it is how humanity must learn to think, feel, and act as part of the world from which our livelihoods spring.”
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This 2-minute trailer presents an urgent video message by Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., renowned physicist and systems theorist, about the critical importance of systems thinking as a means for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The “heart of the matter” is the realization that our global problems are systemic problems — all interconnected and interdependent — and that the SDGs, therefore, must also be seen as systemically interconnected. Indeed, the shift from a fragmented, piecemeal approach to integrated, systemic solutions will be essential for the very survival of human civilization.
Four transformative actions are crucial to assure a sustainable future:
- Shifting from quantitative to qualitative growth, inspired by the systems in nature.
- Becoming ecologically literate in order to design sustainable communities;
- Recognizing the nature of systemic solutions, with agroecology as an outstanding example; and
- Adopting a new Earth ethics, such as the one summarized in the Earth Charter.
This project is the culmination 30 years of research by Dr. Capra into systems thinking and its ability to solve multiple global systemic problems concurrently. Learn more about systems thinking and the systems view of life: capracourse.net/about
Welcome to our third annual Living the New Story online learning journey: Sacred Ecology, Sacred Economy. Join us to help catalyse the shift to a thriving, regenerative new economy that reveres all life as sacred.
The episode explores leadership in a time of environmental crisis and with an intense need for social change. We move away from the boardroom and explore the ways in which to build a network committed to campaign and reform.
Gail discusses attributes needed as a woman leader, building a system and working community.
They discuss how simply propagating solutions, is not enough to resolve a corrupt economic system and what’s needed to bring about change within a failing structure.
Change is a big topic throughout the episode, where Robin and Gail discuss the process for instigating a forceful uprising through systemic engagement.
They discuss Extinction Rebellion’s role in leading social change and how the demand for revolution lies with the people.
Leadership topics include the importance of defining your organisation or network’s vision and purpose, and what needs to be done to get people to follow you.
Plus, what needs to be sacrificed and identifying and dealing with sacrifices you will have to make as an advocate to your principles.
How can we face the possibility of human extinction in our children’s lifetime?
Is it possible to be hopeful within the face of ecological collapse?
“Go forth onto the land” — and reanimate the world…
“Somewhere in mists of ancestral times, all of us are connected with people who once lived close to Earth, entwined with their places, entwined with the Others – people who participated and communed directly with plants and animals, dependent on Sun and rain, at the effect of storms and geological events. Many, if not most or all, of our distant ancestors once inhabited an animate world, infused with intelligences and souls. Clouds and stone spoke. Seas opened. Birds and snakes delivered messages. For some, eating bear opened the way to bear-mind. Perhaps honey was known as sacred elixir. Plants revealed themselves as characters with talents for healing or for inducing ecstasy. Dreams offered direction.
“For modern people, an animate worldview might seem a superstitious, primitive perspective, or an artifact from an “over-active imagination” – a dismissive designation that was frequently directed toward me as a young person. Meanwhile, the common (and perhaps unconscious) dead-universe worldview allows for, and maybe even insists upon, a cannibalistic relationship with unfeeling forests, mountaintops, rivers, creatures, cultures.
“Anguish over the diminishment of our world, the destruction of Earth’s life support systems, and the extinction of species is deep in our shared human psyche, though largely unexpressed. So many of us can only dimly imagine our way through the psychic and physical debris to a regenerated, thriving, Earth community. Yet the mysterious human imagination itself may be our best resource for experiential recovery of a vibrant, participatory, and wildly sacred Earth.”
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Photograph: Alexandre Buisse, Suorvajaure from Vakkotavare, in Stora Sjöfallet Park, northern Sweden.
In the parched deserts of postmodernity a blessing can be like the discovery of a fresh well. It would be lovely if we could rediscover our power to bless one another. I believe each of us can bless.
When a blessing is invoked, it changes the atmosphere. Some of the plenitude flows into our hearts from the invisible neighborhood of loving kindness.
In the light and reverence of blessing, a person or situation becomes illuminated in a completely new way. In a dead wall a new window opens, in dense darkness a path starts to glimmer, and into a broken heart healing falls like morning dew.
It is ironic that so often we continue to live like paupers though our inheritance of spirit is so vast. The quiet eternal that dwells in our souls is silent and subtle; in the activity of blessing it emerges to embrace and nurture us.
Let us begin to learn how to bless one another. Whenever you give a blessing, a blessing returns to enfold you.
John O’Donohue, Irish poet and philosopher
Excerpt from BENEDICTUS
Photo: Lough Inagh, Co. Galway, Ireland – September 2018 © Ann Cahill
“A tree is a little bit of the future.” ~ Franck Prévot
The immensely inspiring, gorgeously illustrated Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by French children’s book author Franck Prévot and illustrator Aurélia Fronty, tells the story of “a visionary who turned to trees as an instrument of civil disobedience, empowerment, and emancipation, advancing democracy, human rights, and environmental justice”.
“Born near a holy fig tree in the central highlights of Kenya twenty years after the country became a British colony, Wangari Maathai (April 1, 1940–September 25, 2011) went on to become the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded for her triumph of promoting “ecologically viable social, economic and cultural development” by founding the Green Belt Movement.
“As marine biologist and author Rachel Carson was making ecology a household word across the Atlantic and issuing the radical insistence that the real wealth of a nation “lies in the resources of the earth — soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife,” Wangari Maathai was realizing that her nation’s welfare depended on healing the broken relationship between a broken economy and a broken ecology. She came to see that a tree is much more than an economic resource. She came to see, in Prévot’s lovely words, that “a tree is a little bit of the future.”
“By the end of her life, the movement she started had planted thirty million trees, reimagining the ecological and economic landscape of possibility for generations of Kenyans to come, and modeling for the rest of the world a new form of civic agency standing up for nature and humanity as an indivisible whole.”
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On this 5th of June – World Environment Day – Vandana Shiva reminds us that we are part of the Earth, and that we all have a duty to care for her future. Two centuries of fossil fuel driven development is pushing humanity to the brink. Dr. Shiva clearly spells out how we need to, and can, change course.
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For important data on the consequences of the industrial agricultural model on health and food systems, please refer to the “Food for Health” Manifesto http://bit.ly/F4Hmanifesto