Former Forum panelist Majora Carter (“Our Fragile Earth,” 2012) was on the cover of the New York Times today, but not all publicity is good publicity…
"Many former allies and neighbors say that Ms. Carter trades on the credibility she built in the Bronx, while no longer representing its interests. They say she has capitalized on past good deeds in the way that politicians parlay their contacts into a lobbying career, or government regulators are hired by the companies they once covered."
"I do think that climate change campaigners like yourself should be more upfront about what you’re trying to ‘save.’ It’s not the world. It’s not humanity either, which I’d bet will survive whatever comes in some form or another, though perhaps with drastically reduced numbers and no broadband connection. No, what you’re trying to save, it seems to me, is the world you have grown used to."
Part of a provocative piece highlighting the work of Paul Kingsnorth, who believes that "civilization as we have known it is coming to an end; brought down by a rapidly changing climate, a cancerous economic system and the ongoing mass destruction of the non-human world. But it is driven by our belief that this age of collapse — which is already beginning — could also offer a new start, if we are careful in our choices."
Something to think about leading up to Our Fragile Earth Forum on May 5.
"Sustainability is broad and deep, and means different things to different people. Overall, it’s about forging a new paradigm where we consider the social, environmental, and economic impacts of our actions. But there is no one way to get this right — and that’s been our biggest (and most creative) challenge. Sustainability should manifest differently for, say, a transportation company than it does for an architecture firm or a shoe factory. The underlying principles are the same, but the ways we arrive at what sustains us are dynamic, evolving, and — in their best representations — customized for the contexts in which they were created."
Environmental journalist Simran Sethi
Read the entire interview from The Atlantic, here.
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