"In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now." -The late Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Laureate
Interdependence is not just a word or a concept, it is a fundamental principle of life. The deeper we understand this as a lived reality, the sooner we will be able to help restore the balance within our human society and the rest of the natural world. The cause of all environmental and human destruction is due to the failure to grasp this essential truth: what we do to any part of creation we do to ourselves. A part of us is dying along with the many species that are going extinct. We may not hear it but deep within, our spirit cries at the suffering of so many creatures, rivers and life systems.
To help raise awareness of this within the young activist community, GPIW created, along with its partner Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association, a program called The Inner Dimensions of Climate Change. This initiative is bringing together environmental professionals, climate change scientists and spiritual teachers on each of the continents with the aim of creating a global network of spiritual ecologists who can learn to know more deeply the reality of interconnection, so they may act from this place of knowing.
INNER DIMENSIONS OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
In 2018 GPIW will launch a new initiative entitled The Inner Dimensions of The Global Economy to explore the spiritual and psychological toll the growing economic inequality is taking on the human community: on both the disadvantaged and advantaged alike. It is human greed, not a lack of earth's resources, that is creating such disparity. Major paradigm shifts are needed to transition from a mindset of accumulation to conservation, from excess to sufficiency, from greed to gratitude for earth's abundance. Moving beyond a mindset of separateness to one of connectedness can help rebalance the global economy.