What Does An Ecological Civilization Look Like?

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Media Type: Article - Recent

Date of Publication: February 16

Year of Publication: 2021

Publication City: Bainbridge Island, WA

Publisher: YES! Magazine

Author(s): Jeremy Lent

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A society based on natural ecology might seem like a far-off utopia—yet communities everywhere are already creating it.

As a new, saner administration sets up shop in Washington, D.C., there are plenty of policy initiatives this country desperately needs. Beyond a national plan for the COVID-19 pandemic, progressives will strive to focus the administration’s attention on challenges like fixing the broken health care system, grappling with systemic racial inequities, and a just transition from fossil fuels to renewables. These are all critically important issues. But here’s the rub: Even if the Democratic administration were resoundingly successful on all fronts, its initiatives would still be utterly insufficient to resolve the existential threat of climate breakdown and the devastation of our planet’s life-support systems. That’s because the multiple problems confronting us right now are symptoms of an even more profound problem: The underlying structure of a global economic and political system that is driving civilization toward a precipice.

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