I invite you to read my recently published article on Reslience.org, a program of the Post Carbon Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the world transition away from fossil fuels and build sustainable, resilient communities. The article is adapted from my latest book, A New Republic of the Heart; An Ethos for Revolutionaries. Photo by emdot/Flickr
Only Radical Environmental Activism Can Bring About Whole-System Change
(originally published by Earth Island Journal)
BY TERRY PATTEN – MAY 23, 2018
A healthy future for humanity requires a healthy living planet. And our growth economy based on constant material expansion has become incompatible with the health of our finite planet. But transitioning beyond a growth-dependent industrial economy will require a multidimensional transformation, not just outward political and economic change, but radical cultural and psychological change as well.
This means that to radically reengineer the system, we will have to simultaneously reengineer ourselves. This is whole system transformation — requiring a healthier, more creative, more compassionate and engaged humanity than we have ever seen up to now. Both of these together — our Earth and its biosphere, and our own inner lives and life choices, individually and in community — constitute our life-support system. And on every level we are poised at a tipping point.