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8. Powerful words from an amazing woman

I met, for the first time today, an amazing woman called Lynne Twist. She came to me via FaceBook in a post by Pachamama (see: http://www.pachamama.org/blog/getting-out-of-ecological-debt-lynne-twist-at-tedx-wall-street?utm_content=bufferbcdba&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer)

Lynne is co-founder of Pachamama and well known philanthropist. The following, from her website,  gives you some background on her:

For more than 40 years, Lynne Twist has been a recognized global visionary committed to alleviating poverty and hunger and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability.
From working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta to the refugee camps in Ethiopia and the threatened rainforests of the Amazon, Lynne’s on-the-ground work has brought her a deep understanding of the social tapestry of the world and the historical landscape of the times we are living in.
http://www.lynnetwist.com/about-lynne-twist/

The TedX Talk I watched featuring Lynne was inspirational. In it Lynne argues, that as a species, we are in deep ecological debt. As a whole, humanity uses 41% more resources than the Earth can regenerate. She says,

“We are living off an ecological credit card we can never pay back.”

According to Lynne the economy is a subset of the world’s ecology because everything that we sell within the economy comes from the Earth. Thus, the only way to fix the economy is to live within our ecological means.

Lynne states that it is our responsibility to reverse this trend and create a better world for everyone. (The above information was gleaned from the above Pachamama link.)

Watch this TedX Talk. It is well worth it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn7s08wuCnY

Respect, Lynne Twist. Respect!

Oh, and now I have two more books to add to my(ever-growing) list:

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3. …support from above :)

… this just in on the uni ‘Blackboard’ site that links us to the courses we are studying, from our course co-ordinators/tutors Lisa and Noni:

Also carrying on from some of the discussions that have happened in the tutes this week about the overwhelming enormity… maybe even wickedness… of the sustainability issues facing us and the difficulty of personally coping with sustainability stress and trauma in what might be the “most psychologically trying time in all of human history”—we just wanted to share this interesting blog site with you.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-green-mind/201311/despair-courage-hope-in-age-environmental-turmoil.

The author gives some advice for how to deal with the psychological distress, awaress of these issues may provoke.

Timely, very timely (and well worth a read)!