Feb. 27, 2021

Sustainable Hour | Welcome to the Climate Revolution

Sustainable Hour | Welcome to the Climate Revolution

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Thank you to the Sustainable Hour for sharing this episode with us. 

The climate revolution begins in your head

Science tells us time is running out. We just have a few years to get it right.

More than new tools, we need a new politics and a new economics, says David Wallace-Wells.

We need awareness and education, says Greta Thunberg. If solutions within the system are so impossible to find, then maybe we should change the system itself.”

Albert Einstein told us something similar in New York Times in 1946. “A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels,” Einstein wrote. The world we have created is a product of our thinking, and it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.

But how?

The answer is that we need nothing less than a Climate Revolution. One that begins in your head.

The climate revolution is about enabling first ourselves, and then humanity, to scale up a new regenerative, Earth-centered, collaboration-focused thinking. A journey from ‘Me’ to ‘We’.

Revolution? Really?
I have long considered whether it would be unwise to start campaigning for bolder climate action while using that term, ‘climate revolution’. The word revolution does have some historical connotations which might not be helpful.

But as we were doing The Sustainable Hour last week, I made a quick decision, inspired by a few phrases that flew out of me, and suddently the genie was out of the bottle: We lifted the ‘Climate Revolution’ into the headline for that podcast episode. And all of a sudden, we found ourselves no longer just whispering the word between ourselves. Now we are getting in gear to shout it out from the rooftops: “The Climate Revolution is happening, folks. Now, how will we be kickstarting the climate revolution in our little town?”

I guess you start the journey and become a “climate revolutionary” in spe already at that moment when you say to yourself: “This struggle for climate safety will be the defining battle of my life. And I feel really passionate about this.” 

The days for “climate action” and walking in the streets with protest banners are over – now it is about what you do and how you vote. Not on some Friday afternoon every second month or so, or at the ballot box every third year or so, but every single day.

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