Last week’s Earth Day celebration passed with the usual green this and eco that. But this year also brought more attention to how both Earth Day and the concept of green have started to lose a bit of their shine, with their cooption by multinational corporations and other companies trying to cash in on our desire to do good. There’s also the growing revelation that taking those itty bitty steps for the planet, while better than nothing, isn’t nearly enough to save us – or the earth – from ourselves.
As Worldchanging says,
“We’ll only head off disaster by taking steps — together — that are massive, societal and thorough. Most of what needs to be done involves political engagement, systems redesign, and cultural change. It can’t be done in an afternoon and then forgotten about.”
Worldchanging has created a list of 10 “big, difficult, world-changing concepts” essential for helping create the just, compassionate, sustainable world we want (and need). Here’s their list:
1. Eliminate nuclear weapons.
2. Stabilize the bottom billion.
3. Create a globally transparent society.
4. Be prepared, globally.
5. Empower women.
6. Enable a future forward diet.
7. Document all life.
8. Negotiate an effective climate treaty.
9. Build bright green cities.
10. Build no new highways.
If you check out the full post, you can see their explanations about the problems that each of these concepts solves and why it’s important.
All of the above are admiral, desirable elements of a humane world. But, one essential concept that’s missing from the top of their list is:
1. Integrate comprehensive humane education and MOGO living into all areas of our lives.
If we’re taught from a young age to live with integrity, compassion and wisdom; if we’re given the tools and knowledge to put our deepest values into action; if we learn to pay attention to the impact of our choices and to do the most good and least harm for all people, animals and the planet; if we’re encouraged to think critically and creatively and to find solutions that work for all; if we’re inspired to look at the world through a lens of interconnectedness; if we’re empowered to make positive personal choices and to transform systems, we can create a truly humane world.
We’re going to have a challenging time accomplishing all that other stuff on their list if we don’t collectively have the passion, the skills and the integrity to create that world, and those are things that have to be nurtured and taught.
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