Guiding Principles

  1. Tell the truth about our ecological unraveling.
  2. Acknowledge the interconnections between all aspects of the eco-crisis.
  3. Include a critique of harmful environmental policies no matter the political source.
  4. Propose solutions with unintended consequences in mind.
  5. Demonstrate the link between the eco-crisis within social, political, and economic spheres.
  6. Explore and seek to understand why humanity and its institutions exploit and overconsume nature, and how finding deeper meaning in life may help alleviate this.

Notes on Guiding Principles

  1. Some truths often left out of the discussion include: limits to growth and “the exponential factor,” toxicity, poor risk assessment, the climate crisis being only one part of a larger problem.
  2. Finding the link between an individual’s or organization’s focus and larger environmental concerns; make sure a “downstream” issue is connected to an “upstream” issue.
  3. Non-partisan approach.
  4. Examples include: doing no harm, calling out resource extraction under the guise of restoration, avoiding “collaborate and compromise” models.
  5. For example: scarcity exacerbating social, political, and economic strife; multinational corporations; military industrial complex; social justice, racism, and other forms of harmful discrimination.
  6. Questioning our internalized societal paradigms and being willing to change them; acknowledging the biological drives of humans without falling for “biological determinism”; pursuing a culture of “enoughness” while acknowledging that some people without access to resources might not be there yet; using the psychoanalytical approach.