Some Good News
There is good news in all of this gloom and doom. The key here is to understand that knowledge is power. It’s not that we see different things then those who are unaware of these issues.... But once we understand the reality of these issues on a deep level, we simply see the same things differently.
It’s not that we see different things, it’s that we begin to see the same things.... differently.”
Dr. Melanie Joy
Photo by Jonathan Maus of BikePortland
We begin to understand that the decisions to choose ‘the easy way’ or follow mainstream society run counter to our true feelings of compassion, respect, and connection with our living world. The idea of treating the natural world as a ‘resource to be exploited’ no longer feels conscientious. This isn’t a feeling that most people understand on the surface, but it exists within each of us on a deeper level, and it reduces our sense of self-respect.
The power of the human mind is now demonstrating to
us that we can use our great talents for the benefit of all,
rather then just for the sake of making a buck. But instead
of sharing news about hybrid cars, nuclear power, or other
forms of greenwashing....I’m going to share with you the
REAL solutions which have the greatest potential to help us live in harmony.
(psst, and they’re either cheap or free).
I’ve been amazed at the level of genius which has been showing up on the internet in recent times. People young and old, from all over the world, are coming up with awesome solutions to our current shared global crisis.
Of course most of us aren’t going to spend that much time, but groups like Friends of Trees can help you find ways to plant trees around the neighbourhood.
Beyond taking steps like this in our own life, we can share the understanding and be a positive influence for change with other people. Popular films like ‘Forks over Knives’ and ‘Cowspiracy’ (which is on Netflix) are wonderful tools to help us raise awareness for animal-free diets. Influential public figures like sports heroes, politicians, actors and actresses are embracing veganism and using their positions to be positive role- models. As the picture here shows, each one of us that makes a change causes friends, coworkers, and family to re-think their own choices and consider the benefits of compassionate lives.
When I was younger, most people viewed cycling as just a ‘weekend warrior’ fringe. Advertisements reinforce this by promoting ‘Lance Armstrong’ stereotypes. But now brilliant people all over the world are showing how to move human-powered transportation into the realm of everyday trips. Not only just for lightweight errands, but even larger grocery trips and urban adventures.