Paul Hawken, Blessed Unrest and WiserEarth (MIRROR)


it is my belief that we are part of a movement that is greater and deeper and broader than we ourselves know or can know it flies under the radar of the media by and large it is nonviolent it is grassroots it has no cluster of arms no armies and no helicopters it has no central ideology a male vertebrate is not in charge this unnamed movement you can clap for that the unnamed movement is the most diverse movement the world has ever seen the very word movement I think is too small to describe it no one started its worldview no one is in charge of it there is no orthodoxy it is global classless unquenchable and tireless the shared understanding is arising spontaneously from different economic sectors cultures regions and cohorts it is growing and spreading worldwide with no exception it has many roots but primarily the origins are indigenous culture the environment and social justice movements those three sectors and their sub sectors are intertwining morphing and largely this is no longer or simply about resources or infractions or injustice this is fundamentally a civil rights movement a human rights movement this is a democracy movement it is the coming world what you’re seeing here is the beginning of a list of the 130,000 minimum organizations in the world who work towards social and environmental justice and that’s the minimum it may be two hundred and fifty thousand groups it may be five hundred thousand groups read these names they’re unfamiliar to you most of them I am sure right they are we do not know how big this movement is it’s marked by kinship and community and symbiosis it is Pachamama its mama right it’s the earth talking back waking up you know what you see is your kin on that screen you know and to give you a sense of how big this movement is if I had started this tape on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. when this conference began and if we sat here all day Friday all night Friday all day Saturday all night Saturday all day Sunday all night tonight and all day Monday we still would not have seen the names of all the groups in the world it’s so new we can’t recognize it we’re familiar with armies and governments and war and churches and religions but this is there’s no precedent for what we’re doing what you’re creating is completely unknown it is everywhere there is no center there’s no one spokesperson it’s in every country in city on earth it is within every tribe every race every culture and every ethnic group in the world this is the first time on earth that a powerful non ideological movement has arisen and during the span of the 20th century big ideologies will worship like religion they dominated our beliefs this is to speed it up so you don’t have to stay home to a Monday night the ideologies dominators capitalism socialism communism right in the words of Edie hunt ideologies stopped the earth cloud and armor they fought for the control of our minds and the lands and it wasn’t pretty and we were told that salvation would be found in the domination of a single system and this is where salvation will be found we know that as biologists we know that as community organizers we know that as ecologist is found in diversity this movement is humanity’s immune response to resist and heal political disease economic infection and ecological corruption caused by ideologies so it is up to us to decide how will we be who will we be this is what it is we’re building that capacity to respond it is about possibilities and solutions humankind knows what to do

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