PLAN B, THE NEW HORIZON (To Live the Impossible Dream)
In his masterwork, Don Quixote, Cervantes wrote, “Maybe the greatest madness is to see life as it is rather than what it could be.” Moving beyond the environmental and economic crossroads where humanity stands today requires shaking this madness and giving birth to a common vision of a world of sustainable peace and justice and equity. . .
Elk herd on Northern Vancouver Island, Dec. 8, 2016
Some of the most basic elements of creating a common vision rest on new conceptions of security built on a strong foundation of human security. Human security is based on meeting the needs of people and the planet, not one that focuses primarily on the often aggressive framework of the defence of the apparatus if the state – at huge costs to humanity and the environment.
Tackling that outmoded worldview must be the collective action of civil societies and governments. No one changes the world alone. Alone, thinking about all of the challenges in today’s world, can be completely overwhelming and, worse, disempowering. But when we choose to work together in coordinated action toward achieving the common goal of sustainable peace on a sustainable planet, there is little we cannot accomplish. . .
Our sun tempered cabin and wind turbine, Feb. 4, 2004
Creating change is hard work; it is not impossible work. It takes all the elements of the global community working together in a strategic, coordinated action to a make a vision a reality. Change does not happen simply because we wish it would. It is the result of the hard work of millions of people around the world – every single day.
It is a wondrous adventure that we must all be part of to turn our vision into sustainable reality.
~ Jody Williams ~
Beaufort Mountain Range and North Vancouver Island forest and snow, Dec. 5, 2016
Jody Williams is an American political activist known around the world for her work in banning anti-personnel landmines, an important new horizon indeed. She is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and she has chaired the Nobel Women’s Initiative since 2006.
Cheers from the North Island
~ Bruce ~