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Changing the story, changing the future: A living economy for a living Earth

August 15, 2014
Changing the story, changing the future: A living economy for a living Earth

David Korten Who controls the story controls the future. A sign of a profound cultural awakening, the essential elements of a Sacred Life and Living Earth story are beginning to emerge and it is a story with deep spiritual roots. We humans are living beings born of a Living Earth – our home and source of nurture. Real wealth is living wealth. Money is just a number. Money is useful as a medium of exchange. Nothing more. Life exists only in community. We prosper only as Earth prospers. We all do best when we all do well in a world that works for all. Fortunately, it is our human nature to care and to share to the benefit of all. Individualistic violence, greed, and ruthless competition surely exist, but they are indicators of deep individual and social dysfunction. The purpose of the economy and its institutions is to provide all people with the opportunity to make a healthy, meaningful living in a balanced co-productive relationship with Earth’s community of life. This story provides a framing vision for a Living Economy that is rooted in community, works with nature, meets the needs of all, and gives every person a voice in
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Humanity’s challenge: To work within the safe operating space of planetary and landscape boundaries

June 15, 2014
Humanity’s challenge: To work within the safe operating space of planetary and landscape boundaries

Andreas Carlgren This is what we humans face as the huge challenge for our common future: If we keep Earth within the safe operating space of planetary boundaries, and we work with and integrate within the boundaries of its landscapes, humanity and the world can thrive. But if we transgress these scientifically drawn boundaries, we will put ourselves in a danger zone, where even minor actions can trigger catastrophic outcomes. The scientists Will Steffen, Paul J Crutzen, and John R McNeill share the dimensions of this challenge of the Anthropocene, illustrating to us that we are now “in the physics of a 3-6-9 world.” Number 3 is because of climate change and the Earth is moving towards a global temperature of 3 degrees Celsius, a global warming that the planet never experienced over the last 25 million years. Number 6 is because we are in the midst of the 6th mass extinction of species in the world, recalling that one of the six former mass extinctions was when the dinosaurs disappeared from the planet 65 million years ago. And finally, Number 9 is because humanity is heading very fast towards a global population of 9 billion people by 2050. The
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Reflections

Listening and accompanying in healing a living Earth

Listening and accompanying in healing a living Earth

Pedro Walpole, SJ The groaning experienced over the last three days of the conference Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons conference is in finding ways to relate with all of life, to more broadly network and communicate and to form new channels of hope and compassion not just with 28 universities, not even with...

A Lebanese exception: The Tanaïl domain and the challenge of managing a temporal good

A Lebanese exception: The Tanaïl domain and the challenge of managing a temporal good

arcenciel As you wind down Mount Lebanon towards Chtaura, the Bekaa valley unveils. The heterogeneous pattern of fertile fields and anarchic urbanisation is a reminder that Lebanon inherits its identity as much from millennial traditions as from the development dynamics of past decades. Very few trees break the monotony of this over exploited land....

News and Programs

Three days of updates, reflections, questions, and calls to action on a just sustainability and hope for the commons

Jim Hug, SJ The Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability in Seattle University recently...

GNMR Update: Responding to equity and sustainability concerns in the governance of mineral and natural resources

The first issue of the GNMR Update, an e-newsletter that shares the work and...

Who we are

Jesuits and their partners throughout the world are invited to understand and share in the critical work of reconciliation and ecological concern (GC35 Decree 3). Ecojesuit.com, initiated by the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC) and the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP), is an online communication currently in Spanish and English, open to all who share in this vision and action.

Mission

Ecojesuit is an online newsletter that offers contemporary, original, and exclusively written commentaries, reflections and insights, analysis, and exchange of ideas and practices on various ecological and social concerns such as those that relate to water and watershed management, mineral development, food security, impact and adaptations to climate change, disaster risk resilience, renewable and alternative energy, Indigenous Peoples and cultural integrity, sustainable development, among others.

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