BRAVELY NAVIGATE FORWARD
It is not enough to make goals. We also need to be brave. My spiritual teacher Eknath Easwaran explained what the Buddha meant when he used the word “brave:”
“Mature people have to learn to like what they do. Immature people can carry on, can go on doing what they like. So that is how I would explain the term ‘brave.’
“See sometimes in the papers, even in the olden days, in the papers or in the magazines, I would hear about somebody being called very brave because he laid down his life. I would say, 'Oh, yes. But, according to the Buddha, it demands greater courage to live for others, to forget oneself, to make one’s life a contribution to all those around.' ”
Real bravery requires setting aside our petty, private satisfactions if need be and asking how we can contribute to those around. With that said, let’s review the needs of the whole:
- Go Plant-Based Diet: We need over 60% of the world to go vegan by 2026 to 1) prevent fresh water scarcity and, 2) allow re-wilding that will both prevent Year Zero and capture all of the carbon released from 1750 – 2015. William James, the Parent of American psychology, put it simply: “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions: Going vegan reduces your global emissions 30-51%. If you go solar or switch your energy service to renewable resources (see Article 2: Trial by Fire), then your household fossil fuel use approaches zero. Even better if you do that and power your electric car that way (or don’t drive at all) and switch all gas appliances to electric.
- Communicate: Lead two or more 4-12 person Climate Change Reversal Programs within 2 years, which roughly equates to 611 people (over 200 million people) onboarded by 2025. As Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” By influencing a few loved ones, you may ultimately influence thousands of people!
Energy, food and communication quickened the hunter-gatherer revolution (250,000-500,000 years ago: fire, hunting and cooking meat, and spoken language), the agricultural revolution (10,000 years ago: animal energy for plowing, cultivated gardens, and written language) and the industrial revolution (250 years ago: fossil fuels, livestock, and the printing press).
Similarly, we can use the following to amplify the Great Transition:
- - local, organic vegan eating “LOVE” (food),
- - solar and wind energy (energy), and
- - the internet (communication).
Homework: Please set brave one-year goals below. We will email them back to you and your group lead.
Submitting your goals:
- helps us quantify the environmental impact of the program to donors and organizations, and
- enables you to anonymously inform and inspire the community.