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Woops, I didn't quite finish my comment there. David Korten wrote that in "The Great Turning", which is about embracing Earth Community over a culture of conquest and domination.
After seeing the documentary, "Within Reach", which is about a couple who bike-camped across the country to visit 100 intentional sustainable communities, the message essentially was that caring for people is almost more important than caring for the environment and sustainability. This is because you can't have sustainability without people working together. And when the work of creating a sustainable future goes against the currents of the world, you need a really cohesive network and really strong, trustworthy relationships.I think on an individual level, it comes to a sense of power. If you believe you have the power to have a positive influence, whether big or small, you are more likely to do good things and pursue progressive change. If you believe you are unworthy, miserable, and have no power to have any sort of positive influence (unless you have a 6-pack, a fancy car, and a huge house), then you are probably not going to do very much in the way of progressive change. And that power is basically squashed through popular culture and media.
In other countries less "privileged" (what a charged word!), the lack of access to clean food, water, air, and secure jobs really takes away anyone's ability to do anything about the environment. In more state-controlled countries like China? No one has the power to do anything, really. Except watch and listen to the State-controlled News and Media.
So I do think that if we were able to address and restore social injustices like racism, sexism, and worker rights, we would see more interest and progress in environmental issues.
But anyway, it's a whole confusing mess of a swamp bog. But there's still beauty to be appreciated - for example, in the resilience of the human spirit to transcend struggle and challenges for the hope of a better future.
Thank you for writing about this issue!
1 year, 10 months ago on Get a Bag and a Receipt: When Social and Environmental Justice Collide
Honestly, a huge barrier to all movements is the ability to get along with each other. So many non-profits are so ineffective because of bad communication and organization. Can we be open and honest with each other? How can we move forward collectively if we can't even trust each other? I love that Majora Carter and Van Jones focus on the intersection between social injustice and environmental pollution. We are all interconnected, and all of our surface problems stem from a core issue. David Korten writes that it is a "love of money over love of life" that has caused essentially ALL of our problems.