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.
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.
Respect, Lynne Twist. Respect!
Oh, and now I have two more books to add to my(ever-growing) list:
- Lynne Twist: The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life, W.W. Norton, 2003
- Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, University of Minnesota Press 1987 (<this is thanks to a short conversation with my sister-in-law about all things study and dreams of PhDs … apparently I have to also read a stack on Postmodern Theory … good grief … 😦 )