Paul Hawken: What I see in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore grace, justice, and beauty to the world

Yes, I couldn’t agree more. Both are part of the bigger picture.

Also, if you want to find encouragement, I find that making changes in my own life helps me see that change is possible. Even small changes do that. And that’s much easier if I do it with others.

Rewild your garden. Plant wildflowers. Plant fruit trees and bushes. Buy second-hand clothes. Walk, bike, or use public transportation instead of a car. Buy less, local, and something that lasts and can be repaired. Downscale. Save money instead of spending it all so you can retire early. Volunteer. Find others to do all of this with for mutual support. There is a lot we can do in our own life and small changes help us viscerally get that change is possible.

When asked if I am optimistic or pessimistic about the future, my answer is: If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand data. But if you meet people working to restore the earth and the lives of the porr, and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse. What I see in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore grace, justice, and beauty to the world

– Paul Hawken

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