The quicker we all realize that we’ve been taught how to live life by people that were operating on the momentum of an ignorant past the quicker we can move to a global ethic of community that doesn’t value invented borders or the monopolization of natural resources, but rather the goal of a happier more loving humanity.
Just a friendly interjection; you are very much part of the land in your current state as well. The same atoms that construct us also construct our planet and our entire universe. That’s something that to me is very special: that you are no greater and no less than anything around you because everything is all one and the same. I think it’s a huge reminder to always be respectful of the planet and all of her creatures.
Our sense of time spans two generations back in the past and two generations forward into the future. That’s it. Most people cannot name a single great-grandparent. Few parents can conceive of the possibility of their child someday becoming a grandparent. It’s our historical and future-looking myopia that makes it pretty much impossible to for us to even imagine the distant future.
Among a growing number of scientists, social innovators, community leaders, nongovernmental organizations, philanthropies, governments and corporations, a new dialogue is emerging around a new idea, resilience: how to help vulnerable people, organizations and systems persist, perhaps even thrive, amid unforeseeable disruptions. Where sustainability aims to put the world back into balance, resilience looks for ways to manage in an imbalanced world.
Andrew Zolli, Learning to Bounce Back
In my line of work, we no longer use the word “sustainability” very often. These days, it’s all about “resilience.”
Despite what the GOP is trying to sell you, global warming and its devastating effects are very real, and they’re only going to get worse. For the people who do the actual work to keep cities and populations on track, the focus is now on dealing with it — and thriving in spite of it.