Humanity has reached a turning point where we must redefine our values and change our actions. Our planet is being destroyed by decades of irresponsible human behavior, and we must now choose to make a positive change or wallow in the destruction. At this point in time, we have the option to choose a better pathway forward, one that values all human and non-human lives equally. This ecological transition can allow more people to live in harmony with nature while giving them a happy and fulfilling life.
We are experiencing the consequences of centuries of disastrous cultural, institutional, and infrastructural decisions. Our values have been in money, technology, and advancement, and this race to the future has destroyed the natural world. Our selfish actions have hurt millions of people and created an existential threat to our species on this planet. Without serious action, we may not be able to recover all we have lost.
he term “ecological civilization” is used to describe the future where we live in harmony with nature. The civilization would be rooted in ecological thinking and respect for the environment. Instead of focusing our efforts on building material wealth, we should facilitate decentralized decision-making in order to ensure material sufficiency as well as spiritual abundance with all people through order to realize the world we desire. In transitioning to an ecological civilization, we would need to prioritize both human and ecological health. An ecological civilization would have both physical, political, and spiritual components.
Our political life would be driven by interdisciplinary policy analysis that reflects the complex nature of human society. Our physical relationship with the earth would change by switching to renewable energy and regenerative agriculture. We would need to prioritise deep, lifelong connections with each other and the environment. This civilization would hold others in high respect, rather than as a means to an end.
We have an urgent need to reestablish the direct ties to nature that we so foolishly shattered. This vision encourages building vital relationships with each other and also with the environment, satisfying our basic needs, and reducing the cumulative material load we put on the planet.
We will promote vibrant environmentally friendly societies that share institutions, tools, resources, and labor. We must build infrastructure that allows people to satisfy their requirements for services, retail, education, spiritual practice, job, and recreation within walking or bicycling distance of their homes. By emphasizing the human and the natural, we can make our built environments more in-line with our ecological values. We must meet our citizens’ food, water, energy, and material needs while restoring and enhancing the air, water, and soils. All of this must be done in a way that minimizes class differences, maximizes equality, and honors human ties to nature.
This will necessitate significant legal, technological, and infrastructural reforms. It will necessitate the dismantling and reorganization of transnational companies in order to ensure their accountability to the communities in which they operate.
Ideas, technology, and culture will be freely exchanged. For what they cannot properly produce themselves, they will participate in fair and balanced commerce with their neighbors. We can continue on our current path and die in the chase of money, or we may embrace the concept of an ecological civilization. We can work together to achieve the societal, institutional, as well as infrastructure transformations necessary for all individuals to flourish in their quest for life.
The moment has come for us to come together as families, communities, including countries in our collective history as inhabitants of Earth‘s community of life, committed to a peaceful world, elegance, innovation, material adequacy, as well as spiritual richness for everyone.