Ecocide is ‘extensive damage, destruction to or loss of ecosystems’. We do not as of yet have an international crime of Ecocide – whether or not we choose Ecocide law is up to we the people. Do we choose to end the era of Ecocide?
The coming century requires that we rethink and restructure our relationship with our planet to avoid endangering the integrity of the biosphere and risking the end of human civilization. [This speech was given at the 2015 Bioneers Annual Conference.]
The Whanganui River has been granted legal personhood by the government of New Zealand, a landmark agreement that comes after a hundred years of advocacy by the Whanganui iwi, an indigenous community with strong cultural ties to the river.
Some things we have a choice in, and that means “control,” at least on the physical plane. Other things sweep us up, and we can only marvel at being part of the process: the spinning solar system, the spinning globe—and now the permanently altered environment which envelops us.
Can all the pieces of an ecosystem hold a kind of consciousness, maybe not exactly like ours, but still alive and perceptive? This vital force, the élan vital, has been a discredited concept for over two hundred years in the Western system of thought.
New York Bee Sanctuary is a multifaceted initiative that provides a safe haven for bees, and promotes education and awareness about bees and their importance to the environment. You can support them by donating directly through their newly launched website.
What’s an evolutionary view that values our felt sense of process? What is a view of the natural world that does not demonize humanity for arriving on the earth’s crust and yet feels the weight of urgency to radically awaken so we can respond to the cry of our times?
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