The new year has arrived, so this feels like just the time to set our goals for the coming year. Here are the three things we’ll be focusing on in 2015 and beyond. Think of them as intentions: we hope they help guide our actions in the complicated days ahead:
1. Follow the law of interconnectivity. Like gravity, interconnectivity is a foundational law of nature; it is an undeniable truth, whether or not we feel it on a daily basis. Our feelings, thoughts, and actions are part of a larger ecosystem. Eco Practicum is also just one part in a constellation of people, institutions, and ideas that make up a major international movement. We’re all in this together, and the project we are undertaking is profound. So we will strive to recognize points of connection and how we can help those around us to do good work.
2. Treat knowledge as a public good. Given the unprecedented access we have to information, we will not squander knowledge by keeping it to ourselves, or locking it up within the confines of the ivory tower. Instead, we will use it, spread it, share it, expand upon it, argue with it, engage with it, and act upon it.
3. Act with strength and courage. This year got us outraged, inspired, and confused … sometimes all in one day. Facing the global environmental crisis is far from easy - it’s profoundly difficult and it is the great challenge of our time.. We commit to keep facing it, together with you.
Eugenia Manwelyan & Tal Beery
Directors of Eco Practicum
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