We have seen and experienced that governments around the world can act on a global challenge, and that people can change their behaviour, in a very short amount of time. That should make us stubbornly optimistic about our collective capacity to design a more hopeful tomorrow
“And from the grassroots, power grows. Change won’t come from behind closed doors. It’ll come from our own backyards and what seeds we sow. It’ll come from local elections and community organizing. The small everyday acts we take for granted—riding our bikes or eating local organic produce—can redirect our lives toward something greater. It can bring us to each other, bring us together, bring us into power. It’s time.”
“Maybe we are witnessing the birth of a new species, one that is evolving out of self-destructive extractivism and rigid individualism toward a way of being that embodies holistic collectivism and ecological harmony. If we are, it won’t be easy. Transformation never is. But I can tell you this much: It’s worth it.”
"There's no single answer that will solve all of our future problems. There's no magic bullet. Instead there are thousands of answers–at least. You can be one of them if you choose to be.”
It's not that we don't have the right answers, it's that we don't have the right questions.
One question is "How do we survive?" The right question is "What kind of world do we want to live in?"
"[absence of hope in our current way of living] doesn't necessarily preclude this question of hope, if you say 'hope for the transformation of human consciousness and the return to an inhabitation of place. The commitment not to a private meaning, ...but a meaning that is embodied in the land ...and if we align ourselves with that... then we will be in possession of a state of mind that will give us joy ...and... purpose and satisfaction in [ways] that accumulation has never given us, and will also give us the stoicism, resourcefulness, self-possession, and the love that we will need whatever the climate catastrophe brings us.'"
'If we have to build an ecological civilization we have to go back to the roots of our idea of Earth as one family'