Why are we doing nothing, given our knowledge? For some time it’s been obvious that we have enough information about both the Earth’s current problems and about viable solutions. Sufficient motivation should be there too; a viable Earth for all life. So, why is there so limited movement towards the solutions?
In an article on this subject titled “What’s Limiting Us? In the Move to Build a Better World, What’s Really Stopping Us?” the author, Jonathon Foley, discusses this. Foley states that it’s not a lack of technology, science or education that’s holding us back: “the thing that’s most limiting us from building a better world is culture” and “especially how we currently frame and discuss environmental issues as a society — are keeping us from building a better world”.
Foley gives three things he thinks need to happen: “we need to focus more on hope, instead of fear, when talking about the future of our planet; we need to talk more about the solutions to our environmental problems, rather than only focus on the problems,” and; “we need to find ways to collaborate in implementing these solutions, instead of drawing ourselves into endless and unnecessary conflicts”. Each of these things is briefly discussed.
Foley’s post ends with “So when it comes to building a better future, I think we need to change how our culture sees and discusses our environmental issues. We need to replace fear with hope, problems with solutions, and conflict with cooperation and collaboration. That may be the biggest set of environmental solutions of all.”
Since CACOR is presently considering how to be more influential in the way forward, this article is timely, and appropriate. Hopefully, many of our members will read it.
Note: My pictures are designed to show various aspects of Beautiful Earth, whose beauty alone is enough reason to motivate protecting and restoring Her. I hope you enjoy them; often they’re enough to lighten the dark mood created by the somber tone of most media these days.