Where Do We Go From Here?

Where Do We Go From Here?
October 21, 2013

At the groundbreaking 2013 Omega Center for Sustainable Living Conference, experts in sustainability and whole systems were among conference faculty who offered answers to the question, "Where do we go from here?" 

 

  • "It is legal to fry the planet," David W. Orr stated, explaining that 460 mountains in the United States have been leveled for coal and "Exxon Mobile breaks no laws." He said, "The thing to do now is desubsidize all fossil fuels," and ideally, all energy sources except for "sunrise industries like photovolatics and wind technology."

  • "We need to continue to push the fact that genetically modified organisms are a failed strategy on every single level,” said Janine Benyus. "Instead, we need to be stewards for the soil, supporting the bacteria and fungi that will help plants defend themselves."

  • "I believe diversity breeds innovation,” said Majora Carter. “But whether it's within Fortune 500 companies or within sustainability, we don't really got it. We need to really, seriously think that’s awful—and I don’t think we do."

  • "We have to find a way to participate in the full picture of what's going on in our world," said Robert "Skip" Backus, "whether it's from the economic, environmental, or social side. What I'm seeing is that people are looking to build self-resilience and I think that's going to be very important moving forward—that we build strength, because this is a long haul."

  • “We are at the moment the Mayans are talking about," Bob Berkebile said. "This is the time that we change our culture. It’s up to everyone here, and everyone joining us remotely, to…claim our part and declare what our role is, based on what we’re passionate about, and making that happen. And it’s going to be an exciting ride.”

  • "We're here. We're always here. And here is where we know, and we understand what to do. Because it's inside all of you. You can't get rid of it, this knowledge, this knowing, this ability, to be touched by the world and to touch it in kindness," said Paul Hawken.

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