Part 2 - Health: The Primary Casualty
Climate Change: The Final Wake up Call
The damage to health and life itself from our current governance systems cannot be overstated, and can no longer be ignored.
We continue to use our power in ways that are destroying the very eco-system on which we depend. The situation is critical. Global warming is the collective wake-up call for us to work together and co-create an entirely new governance system that works uncompromisingly for the healing of the planet and all its inhabitants.
Our mindset of separateness and domination has ignored the reality that we are interconnected and that the entire planet functions as an interdependent living system. As in any living system when we impact a part, we impact the whole. We have denied the vast consequences of our behaviour and convinced ourselves that the multitude of environmental disasters mushrooming across the planet are isolated events and can be contained in their local areas. Climate change, the greatest challenge we now face is a manifestation of our fundamental interconnectedness.
The climate has no borders. Like symptoms in the human body that reveal much about our habits and state of mind, global warming is tangible feedback reflecting our collective state of awareness and the impact of our behaviour on our collective body. Our stance towards the earth is a parasitic, cancerous one and can be likened to an auto-immune disease that attacks parts of the self it fails to recognize as self.
In an interconnected world, it is inevitable that we will be destroyed together with what we destroy. There is no “other” place we can export our destructiveness.
The life threatening process of global warming is a devastating symptom of our interference in life’s codes. Imagine consistently mining a human’s bones for minerals, draining the blood, contaminating the body’s air and water while putting the person under constant emotional stress and still expecting the body to function as normal.
The devastation from climate change reflects humanity’s neglect of the subtle web of life. It is a disease of dishonoring relationships from within a mindset of separateness, privilege and domination. In this sense climate change is a harsh and powerful master – an evolutionary wake-up call to learn from the climate code about consciousness.
In the face of the climate crisis, environmentalists are calling for the immediate termination of the fossil fuel and animal agriculture industries, considered the primary causes of climate change and planetary devastation. Both industries are examples of our ruthless and irresponsible relationship with the earth. The end of these industries is a prerequisite for reversing climate change but it is not enough.
The disease of climate change stems from the underlying domination mindset driving all industries that go against life. It is not enough to contain the effect of the industries, the domination mindset itself must be uprooted and replaced with a mindset that honors and cultivates life. As long as there is a mindset of oppression and exploitation there will be disease.
Our political and economic languages are not languages of life and we cannot pretend to heal the climate using these life destroying frameworks. It has been recognized that the “sustainability approach” cannot be effective in reversing climate change.
The term sustainable development is rooted in the mindset of separateness, domination and exploitation. While many are using the term in innovative ways for the good of the planet, the mainstream argument often focuses on how to continue take from the earth as much as "sustainably" possible while giving back as little as possible.
The term “resources” is telling in itself. It reflects how as humans we have usurped nature, regarding it primarily as "resources" for our benefit while denying the possibility that the elements of nature exist in a precise location where they have evolved to play an essential role on behalf of the entire planetary ecosystem. Similarly the precise migration routes of animals play a vital ecological function and when we interfere with them we upset the delicate balance of life.
“Sustainable” policies generally work towards managing the inevitable harm of the existing system while leaving the foundational mindset intact. The approach does not work to eliminate compromise and oppression. It addresses symptoms of the disease while leaving the cancer,(the domination mindset) intact.
A so-called “sustainable” outcome is to a large extent informed by science and ecology but negotiated primarily on the basis of economic and political interests. Such outcomes are often the results of deals between leaders of countries and corporations working for personal, national or corporate gain at the expense of the whole. Policies are generally crafted in the form of long term targets with legal loopholes that privilege those in power and perpetuate the imbalance and disease.
We have caused a life-threatening disease to our living environment and now face the sixth extinction. Either we honor the invisible ties that bind us and focus on transforming our behavior, or face our own extinction.
Since we have been talking the “sustainable language” and the word sustainability has been integrated into global policies, we continue to poison the air, earth and oceans and face ongoing environmental crises. Mining, fracking, industrial agriculture, radiation from technology, industrial waste, nuclear spillage, destruction of forests are among the major contributors to climate change, species endangerment and human disease.
Compromising how much toxins the planet can safely tolerate is as absurd as compromising how much cancer human bodies can safely tolerate.
The damage to human and environmental health is not always immediately evident; it can fester for years beneath the surface. So what we are seeing now, erupting in many forms, is the result of many years of these destructive polices that go against life. With social media, independent journalism and the radical changes in weather and environmental catastrophes it can no longer be hidden.
From a Sustainable Approach to a Thriving evolution Approach
Nature does not evolve according to a principle of what is sustainable, but rather according to a code of thriving evolution, a process that constantly enriches itself. Nature and health do not work with a formula of compromise but rather of exquisite precision in distributing and replenishing healthy resources for the flourishing of all parts of the interconnected ecosystem. To reverse climate change we need to transform our basic mindset and organize ourselves uncompromisingly in alignment with the code of thriving living systems.
The thriving evolution approach is one that honours nature's wisdom and strives to learn from, and align with it. It studies how nature, undisturbed by humans does not deplete its resources but constantly evolves into richer and more complex forms of harmony in diversity.
The thriving evolution approach is first and foremost based on the understanding that the planet, its biosphere and species function as an interconnected living system. In any living system, the health of the entire system is primary, and the well-being of each part is interdependent with the well-being of the other parts. This means that contrary to our current way of life, we share our health and our destiny with each other and all species. It means that the health of the planet, each other and all species must be our collective priority.
A thriving evolution framework follows the wisdom of ecological experts, whole system thinkers, healers and indigenous leaders and puts ecological wellness at the heart of all decisions. It focuses on uncompromising immediate action dedicated to eliminating all disease and cultivating 100% health. It works with the healing and replenishing wisdom of nature, striving to leave the planet richer for having been here.
It is clear that addressing climate change from the framework of “sustainability” or an approach that seeks to replenish and cultivate life will bring about entirely different outcomes. We can no longer pretend that partial solutions, delays or compromises will suffice.