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Healing Our Planet Requires Us to Heal Ourselves
A pandemic is ravishing human communities around the globe; our consumption levels are totally unsustainable; species extinction is growing exponentially; and our climate is changing much faster than anyone predicted. Undeniably, we are at a crisis point. In a recent interview, Jane Goodall expressed it clearly when she said, “I just know that if we carry on with business as usual, we’re going to destroy ourselves. It will be the end of us, as well as the end of life on Earth as we know it.”
Can we change course? Is there reason for hope? Humans created the social and economic systems that have gotten us to this precipice and we can re-create them. But we need a transformation. We need to transform the way we think about ourselves, all other living beings and our planet and we need to transform the institutions that shape our behavior. It will not be easy, but we can do this. We have no other option. We can heal ourselves and in the process heal our planet.
Karen Forget is the Executive Director of Lynnhaven River NOW, an environmental organization working to restore and protect our natural resources in Virginia Beach. She also serves on the Norfolk Environmental Commission and as the Chairperson of the Virginia Conservation Network Board of Directors. Karen is a member of CVUU and has served on the Board of Trustees, the Social Justice Committee, and as a Teen Group Leader and is most interested in CVUU’s adult education opportunities.
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