By Richard Bisbee
I am involved in sustainability because I want the human race and all life to have a better, more livable future. Most people consider the “sustainable movement” as an “environmental movement.” They think it’s about saving the Earth and life by saving its land, oceans and atmosphere from degradation. The Earth is not attacking itself, we are.
John Kingsnorth had been an environmental activist for more than 20 years when he finally realized nothing was really changing. He quit and is now working with The Dark Mountain Project. Part of the “why?” for the project states:
“The Earth is currently undergoing what has been called, accurately, an ecocide. Industrial humanity is in the process of destroying much of life on Earth in order to feed its ever-advancing appetites. As it does so, it also destroys itself. We don’t believe that responses to this global reality can be confined, as they currently are, to the political, scientific or technological: they need to be cultural too. This is not a luxury, but a necessity.”
The human race needs a change of thinking, belief, way of living, organizing and, especially, of interacting with each other (aka those of different races, cultures, religions, sexual orientations, political sentiments and maybe sometime soon, aliens from beyond our solar system that have been waiting for us to get our act together. No promises). In Neale Donald Walsch’s book, “The Storm Before the Calm,” he asks seven questions:
• How is it possible for 6.9 billion people to all claim they want the same things — peace, prosperity, health, happiness, etc. — and still be unable to produce it after thousands and thousands of years?
• Is it possible that there’s something we don’t understand about God?
• Is it possible you don’t understand who you are?
These are challenging questions that don’t have easy answers, because you can’t just play the blame game, saying, “It’s someone else’s fault.” (Not my responsibility?) If we know the answers, why still ask question one? Walsch then suggests you ask the following questions every day upon waking:
• Who am I?
• Where am I? (in the physical realm)
• Why am I where I am?
• What do I intend to do about that?
The question to finally ask is: What sustains you in living joyously in your community, and what can you contribute to make it better for everyone?
Richard Bisbee is a member of Sustainable Edmonds, but his thoughts are his own.