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Daring to Speak Out

Daring to Speak Out

Eradicating Ecocide, global initiative

The appointment is set. We now know that we can no longer continue causing harm to our Earth. What we consume, how we live, how we source our energy - all of this we now know is no longer working.

Diagnosis has been given. Good news is that it's not quite as bad as it could be. There are problems, but they are surmountable. It's not too late to put in place a new system. The old one is clearly not for the best and we know what looms ahead if we continue on that path.

The old system is based on destruction and disregard for the long-term consequences, but there is another way: a new system based on first do no harm and looking ahead. What plays out in the macro is mirrored in the micro. Just as it is with the Earth, so too what we do to ourselves can be harmful and have adverse impact for years to come. What we do now can send long ripples into our futures that sets us on a path that takes us very far from where we originally stood.

Two different ways of being: one that says lets just forge ahead whilst we can, the other that says lets take a different route. The first has an old set of rules, the second is open to creating afresh. The first is a system that makes it difficult to break the shakles of slavery - caught in a system that prevents freedom of thought and action. The second has stepped out of the restrictions that are illusionary anyway. When we do that we break the cycle of harm.

When the two meet, it's like two completely different languages are being spoken. And infact they are. One is driven by conflict and fear, driving a cycle of damage and destruction; the other dares to seek harmony and peace. Sometimes we hover inbetween, unsure whether to disrupt a system that seems so firmly bedded in place.

We get to determine what the future is, that is our choice. It needs not the authority of any other - it is entirely up to each one of us as to what our intent is.

I am the author of my fate; so are you if you so wish. Collectively we can be the authors of the fate of humanity. It's an open space to construct a new dialogue. No longer do the destructive systems of yesterday apply.

The more of us that stand up and dare to speak out, take a different route and choose the freedom to determine our own future, the more we give courage to others to do the same. The world is changing and it's an open invitation to everyone to step over the line and speak out as a voice for the Earth.

We are the disruptors - when we dare to speak out and say 'enough', we break the cycles of harm.

Ecosystems for the Future

Speaking at The Future of Ecosystems, Ecosystems for the Future conference in the Netherlands, I was greatly inspired by my friends; Gunter Pauli wove pictures of many innovative businesses that are flourishing in his Blue Economy and John D Liu's words: We are, he said, valuing the derivatives higher than the source of life.

Put a price on what we take, ignore the inherent and intangible cost to the Earth and the result is ecosystem collapse. Areas that are at risk have no ring-fence to alert us; but infact it's not enough to simply put up signs - it's about stopping the harm at source and preventing it from happening again. Then the great work begins; ecosystem restoration. That is true restorative justice for all.

What You Can Do

Dare to stand up & speak out. We get to determine what the future is. Engage in the big questions of our time, not the ones we already know the answers to. Instead of learning lots of answers, learn to ask questions - big ones that make a difference.

Ask how can I make this world a better place? And once you find the answer, go make it happen.

Coming up next

Educating for the Common Heritage: from the Cultural Intangible to the Natural Intangible, 1st & 2nd November, Porto in the Serralves Villa and Park:

These two days in Serralves hold much promise of the creation of a global commons, one of the big narratives of our time.

Here's my big question I shall be seeking to answer when I speak out here: how do we create a world of greater freedom for all without causing harm? A global commons must surely be part of our answer.

Polly, Arne Naess Professor, Lawyer for the Earth and daring to speak out.