Global Chorus is a remarkable, illustrated collection of 365 daily meditations around some very large and increasingly crucial themes relating to the future of the planet.
The contributors include writers, environmentalists, spiritual leaders, politicians, doctors, athletes, business people, farmers, chefs, artists, architects, musicians, humanitarians, concerned students and senior citizens, factory workers, activists, CEOs and scientists. Well-known people on the list include environmentalists such as David Suzuki, Paul Hawken and Jane Goodall; scientists such as Stephen Hawking and Edward O. Wilson; personalities such as Jamie Oliver, Maya Angelou, Les Stroud and Bruce Cockburn; humanitarians such as Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu; political figures such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Justin Trudeau and Elizabeth May; writers like Temple Grandin, Farley Mowat and John Ralston Saul; and spiritual leaders like His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet and Lama Surya Das. Our Chief Executive Patrick Holden also contributed to the book and you can read his entry below:
At this precise moment of our planetary evolution, many millions of mindful citizens are standing in front of a question: What actions, individually and collectively, could bring about the necessary conditions for a fundamental transformation – away from our present resource consuming, exploitative, globalised and materialistic lifestyles, towards a more resilient, sustainable and fulfilling alternative?
In front of a challenge of this magnitude, it is easy for an individual person to doubt their capacity to contribute in any meaningful way to bringing about such a change, especially on the vast scale that will be necessary. In this connection, I have found it hugely strengthening to come to the realization that in life, as in the universe, everything is connected, and the same laws that inform our present state and future possibilities are also operating in the wider world.
This is the philosophy of the microcosm and the macrocosm, with the individual representing the ‘cell’ of the larger organism. Since both are united by the same organizing principle, it follows that their possibilities for future development are connected and informed by exactly the same laws. This idea has enormous potency, because it lawfully follows that if I change, the intelligence and knowledge that is contained within this action not only becomes an external influence on the system as a whole, but also, and as a direct consequence, will enable it to change as well.
We can apply this approach to our food systems. For example, if I make a deep personal commitment to build greater energy self-sufficiency and systems resilience in my hilltop farm in west Wales, or as a consumer, I decide to purchase as much sustainable and locally produced food as is practically possible, these simple actions, amplified at community, regional, national and even international level, can and will bring about the transformation that we seek.
This is a message of hope, of empowerment which is always available and has the possibility of enabling positive change. These conditions can often seem hidden from me, but will always arise when I bring my attention, both metaphorically and literally, into my own body, my own life and I start from where I am.
Photograph: Kamil Porembiński
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