Earth Council 2020
Wisdom which has inspired Changing Babylon:
The First World Vote“There is no greater power than that of an idea whose time has come” - Victor Hugo. “The human species has reached a defining moment of choice between moving ahead on a path to collective self-destruction or joining together in a cooperative effort to navigate a dramatic turn to a new human era. The profound cultural and institutional transformation that is needed goes up against the short-term interests of the world’s most powerful people and institutions. The barriers to what we humans must now achieve are daunting. By any rational calculation, the needed transformation is not politically feasible. Yet it is essential to human survival and prosperity, which means we must set ourselves to the task of figuring out how to make the impossible into the inevitable.” -David Korten. “The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle, pleasure without conscience, wealth without work, knowledge without character, business without morality, science without humanity and worship without sacrifice” - Mahatma Gandhi. “When the earth is dying there will arise a new tribe of all colours and all creeds. This tribe will be called The Warriors of the Rainbow and it will put its faith in actions not words” - A Hopi Prophecy. “A great change in the stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required if vast human misery is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilated… If not checked, many of our current practices may so put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world, that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about.” - 1,600 scientists which included the majority of living Nobel Prize winners in the sciences. “We need a radically different way of relating ourselves to the support systems of the planet. My experiences with aboriginal people have convinced me, both as a scientist and as an environmentalist, of the power and relevance of their knowledge and worldview in a time of imminent global ecocastrophe” - David Suzuki [Scientist]. “The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found but made, and the activity of making them changes, both the maker and the destination” - John Schaer. “Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children” - A Kenyan proverb. “Future generations, if there is a livable world for them, will look back at the epochal transition we are making to a life-sustaining society. And they may well call this the time of the Great Turning” - Joanna Macy. “Those of us who inhabit the affluent world bear the greatest responsibility for refashioning the ways in which we live. As individuals we consume much more than we need and pollute more. Therefore we have the greatest scope for decreasing our consumption and sharing our resources, knowledge and skills with the less well-off in the world…But so long as the power-brokers make it difficult for the majority to change, change is only likely to come when this power system is replaced.” - Bernard Lietaer. “The Earth, so far as we know, is the birthplace of our species and our only home. We are close to committing – in fact many would argue that we have already committed – what in our language, could justifiably be termed “Crimes against Creation!”” - “Wisdom of the Elders” by David Suzuki and Peter Knudtson. “Now we see ourselves as the products of cellular cooperation – of cells built up from other cells. Partnerships between cells once foreign and even enemies to each other are at the very root of our being” - Lynn Margulis, Evolutionary Biologist. “In Native societies genuine wisdom is attributed to those with the capacity to feel, to exhibit compassion and generosity toward others, and to develop intimate, insightful, and empathic relationships not just with fellow human beings but, in some sense, with the entire membership of the natural world.” - “Wisdom of the Elders” by David Suzuki and David Knudtson .