Do we really want to solve problems?

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  Costa Rican sea turtles protector found dead on the beach. The 26-year-old Jairo Mora Sandoval regularly patrolled a beach near Limón to protect sea turtles and their eggs from poachers, people who want to steal the eggs for sale. Last year he and his team of volunteers were ambushed by gunmen. The volunteers were able to escape, but he was tied up, beaten and shot in the head. (Source: Costa Rican Turtle Defender Found Slain on the Beach He … Read More

Most common used excuses to ignore world problems

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Changing the world is not going to happen without some struggles. Because many people don’t want something to change and they usually don’t want to change themselves to solve certain problems. They love the status quo, because it suits them. They take advantage of the current state of affairs. Change is scary too, because they don’t know what they’ll get in return. So, there may be lots of resistance to change, even if that change solves problems. What is worse … Read More

Following your principles isn’t always easy

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Every year you hear in the news about the annual slaughter of thousands of dolphins in Japan. Sea Shepherd writes Every year in Japan 20,000 dolphins, porpoises and small whales slaughtered. From September 1st to usually far in March of the following year fishermen herd entire schools of small cetaceans in a shallow bay, after which they mercilessly stab and drown them. This annual slaughter of dolphins was virtually unknown until 2003, secretly obtained Sea Shepherd film and photos of … Read More

The paradox of developing plans

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You want to do something. You have an ideal that you want to realize. You want to develop your ideas enthusiastically. You want to get started! But while working out your ideas you can encounter some obstacles. Developing plans doesn’t happen flawlessly. You might be working on a a complicated issue. Or people aren’t collaborating with you. Or you yourself are being difficult. Developing plans is a paradoxical process. In order to have a plan succeed, you should focus, and … Read More

If your integrity is attacked

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I’m angry. I’m sad. How people can be. In such a way that it makes your stomach turn. In such a way that it existentially grabs you by the throat. There are people who will not listen, who will not argue well. They want to get their way, pump up their ego, indulge their pain on others. I do not know. I’m not a psychologist. It’s evident that they lose their clarity. Their ability to think logically. Today it happened … Read More

Moral myths about making money with sustainability

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You can say a lot about making a lot of money. And a lot is said about making a lot of money. In recent years, making a lot of money is associated with immoral behavior. Lately I often get the question whether making money with sustainability is moral or immoral. The answer is not so simple. First, it’s more important reflect on the (often unspoken) moral myths about making money, because these myths blur the discussion. Immoral behavior and making … Read More

They must …

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They must take responsibility. They must fly less. They must not want luxury. They must stop drilling for oil. They must seek their true self. They must drive less. They must not want everything. They must buy organic food. They must start thinking. They must buy solar panels. They must save energy. They must come up with solutions. They must have integrity. They must not be so focused on money. They must have different values. They must not think of … Read More

Reflection exercise: Are you part of the system?

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Watch this film fragment from The Matrix (it only takes 44 seconds) Text from the movie clip: The matrix is a system, that system is our enemy. When you’re inside, what do you see? Business men, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these  people are still part of that system. And that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be … Read More

Change our relationship with nature by changing our relationship with people

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How do you perceive other people? Do you ever look down on them? Do you ever look down on people with a different cultural background or nationality or skin color, or gender than your own? Answer these questions honestly. Looking down on other people means also not believing what they say, not taking them seriously or thinking they are lazy, aggressive or stupid, because they are black, Latino, female etc. If you really want to change our relationship with nature, … Read More

Do we need to limit our autonomy for sustainability?

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Being free is to do and not do as you want, to speak, and to preserve silence, as you will. In Western countries, we value autonomy very much. But doing what you want, also has its downside, especially for sustainability. If you can do what you want, you can keep your heating thermostat as high as you want; you can choose to take the car whenever you want; you can go on a holiday by airplane; you can buy clothes … Read More