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Pithy Quotes

Another World is not only possible; another world is necessary.
And...another world is happening!
Never before in history have so many activists, on every continent and island group, been at work on so many key issues.
The immune system of the planetary body politic is in high gear.

EON is about helping to connect the dots...

Here are some of our favorite pithy expressions of the planetarian vision:

"There are two kinds of "globalization" going on simultaneously right now. One is the much-touted economic globalization being pushed by the transnational corporations, the national elites and their pet institutions like the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO. The other globalization - which you won't hear a peep about, by the way, in the corporate media - is the bottom-up, grassroots, internet-mediated, people-based movement springing up all over the world. Itís saying, 'We know how to do renewable energy. We know how to do organic agriculture. We know how to do economic democracy. We know how to create a sustainable society.' All the pieces are there. Now we just have to connect the dots." [emphasis added]
Kevin Danahur, Co-Founder with Medea Benjamin of Global Exchange; Editor, Democratizing the Global Economy.


"The Collective Dilemma, shared by rich and poor, fuses these social and economic dimensions: if industrial growth proceeds according to its accepted pattern, everyone is imperiled. Yet, if industrialization is not allowed to proceed, a majority of the world's citizens are consigned to a permanent second-class status, deprived of industrial artifacts that enhance life's comforts, the tools that multiply human choices. Alongside all of the other social tensions and economic disorders recounted in this book, this dilemma constitutes the largest historical challenge. The world has entered new ground, a place where its people have never been before. They will have no choice but to think anew.

Across the last generation, the environmental ethic [we would now call it the Planetarian Ethic] has described the outlines of how to resolve the dilemma: what is required is nothing less than a radical transformation of the industrial system itself, its production practices and pricing methods, the economic assumptions surrounding enterprise and consumption. These reforms are usually capsulized in a single phrase -- 'sustainable development' -- that carries revolutionary implication, but sounds so wholesome that almost everybody can endorse it. Every enlightened politician now supports the goal of sustainable development; so does every leading corporation and financial institution that is sensitive to popular opinion. Meanwhile, the global system plunges forward along its usual path, building toward some sort of epic showdown with nature.

The revolutionary content of 'sustainable development" is difficult for most people to digest because it upends the inherited understandings of how the world is meant to work. Yet the industrial system is unlikely to be changed fundamentally until people learn to think about it in this new way. The barriers to change are thus enormous. The good news is that some optimistic revolutionaries are already present among us, trying to make their ideas heard.
William Greider - One World, Ready or Not, 1997, pp. 448-9


"To maintain hope, we cannot focus only on the dark things that are going on. Once in a while if you get a 'bird's eye' perspective, you see all sorts of good examples, and they comfort you. You see more and more people who understand and who are making concrete contributions to the transition to this new understanding."
Karl-Henrik Robert, Swedish cancer researcher and founder of The Natural Step


"Alternative social movements don't just express themselves through parties and unions. They do that, but not only that. The process is anything but spectacular and it mostly happens at the local level, where across the world a thousand and one new forces are emerging. They emerge from the bottom up and the inside out. Without making a fuss, they shoulder the task of reconceiving democracy, nourishing it with popular participation and reviving the battered traditions of tolerance, mutual assistance, and communion with nature....

"In Latin America, they are a species at risk of expansion: organizations of the landless, the homeless, the jobless, the whatever-less; groups that work for human rights; mothers and grandmothers who defy the impunity of power; community organizations in poor neighborhoods; those that struggle against racial and sexual discrimination, against machismo, and against the exploitation of children; ecologists, pacifists, health promoters, and popular educators; those who unleash collective creativity and those who rescue collective memory; organic agriculture cooperatives, community radio and television stations, and myriad other voices of popular participation that are neither auxiliary wings of political parties nor priests taking orders from any Vatican.
"...It's happening all across the map of Latin America...Let's set our sights beyond the abominations of today to divine another possible world...."
Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan Historian, Author- UPSIDE DOWN: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World


"...[W]orldwide, there are tens of thousands of NGOs that are addressing the issue of sustainability in its broadest and most complete sense. Domestically, my guess is that there are some 30,000 groups. They address a broad array of issues including environmental justice, ecological literacy, public policy, conservation, women's rights and health, population, renewable energy, corporate reform, labor issues, climate change, trade issues, ethical investing, ecological tax reform, water and much more. These groups conform to both of Gandhi's imperatives: Some resist while the other create new structures, patterns, and means.

"The groups tend to be local, marginal, poorly funded and overworked. It is hard for most groups not to feel that they could perish in a twinkling, and a palpable sense of anxiety is there. At the same time, there is a deeper pattern that is extraordinary. Around the world, organizations working on sustainability are creating conventions, declarations, lists of principles, and frameworks that are remarkable in accord. These include the CERES Principles, The Natural Step, Agenda 21, the UN Charter on Human Rights, the Cairo Conference, The Siena Declaration, and thousands more.

"Never before in history have independent groups from around the world derived frameworks of knowledge that are utterly consonant and in agreement. It is not that they are the same: it is that they do not conflict. This hasn't happened in politics, not in religion, not in psychology, not ever. As external conditions continue to change and worsen socially, environmentally and politically, organizations working towards sustainability increase, deepen, and multiply. Some day, these dots are going to be connected." [emphasis added]
Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest.