A Heavy Footprint
Historically, human-induced environmental changes to our world have occurred almost imperceptibly over thousands upon thousands of years. Our food, water, shelter and fuel and the wast by-producs of a subsistence lifestyle barely affected the enormous resource capital of the earth.
Yet…within just a few generations, rapidly expanding populations, world-wide industrialization, astounding technological advances and the concentration of economic and political power have created social and environmental issues of life and death proportions. Isues that could be ignored in the past are now ecological and moral imperatives.
It is important to educate ourselves, our families, our workplaces and our faith communities about how our lifestyles and U.S. policy are affecting the earth, those who already are living at or near the margins, as well as future generations. But it is even more important to adopt new ways of thinking and acting to bring about environmental and social changes that restore our planet. It is time to re-imagine our future and then collectively work to restore and infuse new life into this earth so that all may live abundantly.
“We may tell ourselves that this is the history of the human race and there’s nothing to be done about it, but it’s actually the history of only one culture. There are thousands of cultures around the panet that have had stable populations, and who have not spoiled their environment, thereby putting their own lives, and all life on earth, at risk.”
- Thom Hartman 2004.
The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight