Competition versus co-operation, its pretty clear which of these concepts is currently ruling the roost, and it’s equally clear that this particular path leads to wrack and ruin. There is so much that needs to change and it all begins with a different way of perceiving the world. The old paradigm is all about control, man using science and technology to wrestle nature into subservience, using the resources of the planet without any regard for how this might affect the whole.
A group of indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest, the Achuar, looked out at what was happening to their neighbours and further afield, their shamans had visions of an imminent threat that would affect not only their own culture but the entire planet. They saw what was coming and decided to meet this threat rather than retreat, they made connections with their neighbours and sent a call out to the west asking for help to combat this terrible disaster that threatens us all. In this way was the Pachamama Alliance born, from land management plans for their own region, to education about sustainability that occurs around the globe, this is just one of the grass-roots movements that has the potential to truly create the change that must happen if we are to survive on this planet.
Here is the web site for the Pachamama Alliance: http://www.pachamama.org/
We have the resources and the knowledge to do what has to be done, and we don’t have the time anymore to wait until the dinosaurs die out, I’m talking of course of the vested interests that do their best to block the positive evolution of humanity. I don’t know exactly how the change will occur, but if you are awake then it is time to do your part whatever that may be, and I suspect you will find great joy in that journey even as you are challenged, there is nothing quite like the feeling of doing what it is you came here to do!
We need to change the way we look at success, progress, wealth, competition – the future!
We need to come together around new indicators of “wealth”, and prepare students for the real world that is changing so rapidly.
How about a declaration of Interdependence?