In his recent talk from TED2012, Paul Gilding elequently states the big picture themes most important for every human on the planet. I have echoed many of these same themes in my latest presentations on Sustainability.
Summary? We – our planet, our species, and every living thing – is at a crossroads. Regardless of an extremist minority, every reputable mind on the planet has proved through thousands of studies and observations that our planet is in dire trouble . The economy that supports our lifestyle and well-being is voraciously devouring irreplaceable natural resources. It currently runs at 150% of the capacity of the planet. The issue? We are just it warming up.
Will it stop? As India, Brazil and China come online? Not likely. In all likelihood it will run faster and faster until it truly comes apart at the seams. This is already happening. Social unrest, political manipulations, environmental deficit and financial collapse are the blatent signs.
So, things are going to change. I’ll say it again. Things are going to change. However, we have the knowledge, technology and tools to change things for the better. To shape a new economy and a new civilization that functions in harmony with the planet. That runs on renewable energy, produces no waste, and fosters a joyous social experience for all people. One that does not create poverty. One that supports a robust ecology and biodiversity. One that can go forward into the future. Sustainably.
All we have to do is CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK.
We are at a crossroads. Our glorious opportunity is that we can choose between pushing our civilization onward down its current path to ultimate collapse and destruction, or change the way we think and behave – change what our priorities are and what is important to us – and build, step by step, a beautiful future for a thousand generations to come.
So, what are you doing about it?
~ Graeme Hodson-Walker