Monday, October 31, 2005

Restoring the Earth & Healing Ourselves - Bioneers 

Kenny Ausubel & Nina Simons

Our shared mission is more important and urgent than ever: the restoration of the Earth's imperiled ecosystems and the healing of our human communities.

As bioneers, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina comes as no surprise. It was a matter of when, not if, such a catastrophe would befall us here in the United States. In fact, as fate would have it, opening day of this year's Bioneers conference on October 14th closes with plenary presentations by Bill McKibben on global warming and Diane Wilson on stopping the chemical industry's daily bio-terrorism on her beloved Gulf Coast.

Katrina may prove a watershed, both literally and figuratively: a teachable moment when the veils of denial, deceit and decay fall away to reveal the lethal mix of our disembodied environmental policies and corrosive racial and class injustices. A society that wastes its environment also wastes its people. We will have peace with the Earth only when we also forge peace and justice among people.

CommUnity of Minds : Working Together

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