PeaceTimes Edition 110. The Earth Issue: Choosing Hope
“The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the way to destroying the world — we’ve actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other.”
Like Mama Earth, women can bring forth life, and we grieve when it’s hurt or destroyed. We feel Earth’s anguish because we’ve been through a lot ourselves. And, we’re in the continuity business. Jean Bolen, physician, author, and sage, is confident that: “Creative, educated, comfortable women who have the opportunity to develop fully can save the world.”
This issue of PeaceTimes includes the full text of a hope-filled interview with Jean. There’s also CEO Kim Weichel’s invitation to action and Abby Smith’s Generation Peace reflection on some links between the environment and peace. Readers, we hope our ideas and actions will inspire yours this month. We look forward to being inspired by you!
by Mary Liepold, Editor in Chief
What’s your big, hairy, audacious goal? . . . To end patriarchy and balance the world in time to save humanity. When the feminine principle comes into balance with the masculine, the potential is enormous. Human potential IS enormous! It can’t be developed if people are terrorized and all the resources go into war stuff and greed stuff. We have to move to the tipping point with the conviction that girls and women cannot be treated this way. Creative, educated, comfortable women who have the opportunity to develop fully can save the world.
by Kim Weichel, CEO
Women are more severely affected by climate change and natural disasters than men because of their social roles and because of discrimination and poverty. They’re also under-represented in decision making about climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, and, most critically, discussions and decisions about adaptation and mitigation. The urgency of global warming mandates that each and every one of us become a climate leader.
by Abby Smith, Outreach and Administrative Manager
We use water bottles made from petroleum, we use way too much gas on our commutes, we use too much oil, and because of that we are helping to oppress huge populations of people! So if we really want to start making an impact, let’s start with something small, like getting a reusable water bottle and learning a better way to commute. By doing that, our generation can say we are ready to make a difference.
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