In November 1969, five months before the first Earth Day (April 22, 1970), The New York Times reported that the “Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation’s campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam…a national day of observance of environmental [...]
Our planet, always evolving, is divided into some 190 ever-changing sovereign nations with people speaking more than 6,000 different languages. In each nation a staggering mix of political, economic, cultural, and social factors combine to produce varying qualities of life. In all these nations, individual, public-sector, and private-sector policies are typically not based on the [...]
Results of surveys taken in the United States, Western Europe, and Japan to determine the effects of technological progress and the steadily rising standard of living on human health and happiness were essentially the same in all the wealthy industrial nations. While many believed that knowledge and the state of health had improved, a large [...]
The end to suffering and the answers to our problems can never come from the all too common 20th century (and prior, of course) battleground of adversarial political groups. Larger issues and realities must first be understood and resolved in order for the political process to serve the common good and provide global remedies. Our [...]
A popular definition of sustainability originated from a 1987 UN conference which defined sustainable developments as those that “meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs”(WECD, 1987). In other words, sustainability means that our human impact must leave this planet as we found it or improve it so those who follow us will have the same opportunities we have had. Throughout our 150,000-year existence, we have never done that.
Many people everywhere, troubled and confused by the world we’ve created, seek global remedies. There is widespread and growing agreement that our civilization is approaching an ominous rendezvous. How do we arrest and reverse our destructive and unsustainable momentum, end our needless suffering, prosper together, find peaceful solutions, sustain humanity, and advance our civilization?
With so many of us on a very small planet, and with the addition of so many more every week, we can no longer continue to relate to each other, our environment, ecological systems and biosphere as we have or we will succumb to the effects of human overpopulation.
Can seven words have the power to reduce ignorance and suffering and expand knowledge and justice in our world? Yes, unequivocally, yes. The man who talks to God, Neale Donald Walsch (Conversations With God) describes the book, Seven Words That Can Change The World by Joseph R. Simonetta, as “The Formula. The Answer. The Way. [...]