The 11th Hour

My friend Chauncey Bell recommended The 11th Hour, a movie about the state of our environment and the kinds of things that need to happen if we’re going to have much of a future to think about, on his blog. It didn’t contain a lot of new information, but did a great job of focusing the mind and will hopefully mobilize a lot of people into action through The 11th Hour Action website.

Several of the commentators and experts in the movie drew a parallel between the ‘state of our mind’ and the state of our environment. It reminded me that was exactly the way we used to talk about consciousness at work. We could walk through an office and make some fairly grounded assessments of each person that worked there just by looking at their workspace.

I don’t know how far these analogies and correlations can go, but I do believe that we, all of us, as human beings are always manifesting our worldview—creating our ‘world’. The world we’ve created is pretty sick and getting sicker. Some say it is dying and it is too late. A lot of people are resigned and even more are just trying to hang on as long as possible. A large number of people and organizations are working night and day to create a different paradigm, to remind us that the point of living is not consumption and that we need to change our ways.

I will have a lot more to say about this. In the meantime, I too recommend the movie. It is a sober and serious call to action. It is hard for me to imagine anyone not being compelled to do something, even if it is simply to recycle and look for areas in our life where a little downsizing and frugality could serve us.

Global warming is not only the number one environmental challenge we face today, but one of the most important issues facing all of humanity … We all have to do our part to raise awareness about global warming and the problems we as a people face in promoting a sustainable environmental future for our planet.
—Leonardo DiCaprio


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