Best of SoS: Joanna Macy

This past spring, Sustainable World Coalition co-produced the 2nd annual Spring of Sustainability (SoS), the largest virtual sustainability gathering ever. SoS brought the “best and brightest” leaders in sustainability to the world through teleconference dialogues.

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Joanna_MacyEarly in the Spring we were treated to the wisdom and experience of legendary activist and deep ecologist Joanna Macy.

We learned about active hope — that hope is not something you have; it is something you do — to take part in the healing of our world, to live in harmony. You can do this even when you are feeling hopeless; it’s about following your heart.

We explored the three dimensions of the Great Turning:sun-rise-1324306-m

  1. Taking actions and stands of resistance, to slow down the destruction caused by the industrial growth society — the damage to human welfare, other species, and ecological systems.
  2. Building the new structures, communities and the new ways of living that support regenerative and resilient natural habitats and human societies –we know how to do this, and are doing it many places now.
  3. Nourishing and supporting the shift in consciousness — our root, our context and values on how we see ourselves and our world. Every path of wisdom teachings are reminding us of our mutual belonging and the sacredness of the earth, a global interrelated family.

She also spoke to how to stay grounded in an uncertain and unraveling world: “Feel how beautiful it is to be alive now – that we can be here in this time of peril and promise so we can contribute.” “Learn not to be afraid of the grief, anger, despair and powerlessness that comes up in us – these are natural – we feel the trauma of our larger body – breathe through feelings and don’t fear them.” “Value the importance of the intentions of our whole being to play a role in this Great Turning.”

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