Work for the Environment

 
workfortheenvironmentYouth leaders such as Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Xiye Bastida, Greta Thunberg and Vic Barrett, as well as individuals such as Indigenous Amazon leader Tuntiak Katan have come to the forefront of public consciousness in order to help us envision a just and sustainable future, confront our climate emergency, and discuss the emerging of a cross-generational, transnational movement — including people of all races, classes, and backgrounds — that is our best hope for a sustainable planet. Fortunately, there are thousands more people and organizations like these young leaders who are motivated to care for the future.
 
As Aldo Leopold, author of Sand County Almanac, writes, “…we see repeated the same basic paradoxes: man the conqueror versus man the biotic citizen, science the sharpener of his sword versus the searchlight of his universe, land the slave and servant versus land the collective organism.” 
 
With record-breaking temperatures, more destructive tornadoes, hurricanes and typhoons. With the human population of 7.7 billion representing only 0.01% of all living things. With the loss of 83% of all wild animals and half of plants. 
 
How should we be living differently in this world?
 
Maybe we look again to Leopold, who wrote: “It is inconceivable to me that an ethical relation to land can exist without love, respect and admiration for the land, and a high regard for its value. By value, I of course mean something far broader than mere economic value; I mean value in the philosophical sense...A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise."
 
The Charter for Compassion’s Environment Sector invites you to:
  • Participate in our on-going educational programming
  • Engage in the Compassion Tree Project
  • Take part in conversations about our environment on our Social Media platforms

Join us in these efforts.

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