"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.
"I used to think that the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that with 30 years of good science we could address those problems. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy…and to deal with those we need a spiritual and cultural transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.”~ Gus Speth