Heal the Earth
|C. Coimbra photo|
“A genuine concern for humanity,” the Dalai Lama has said, “means loving the environment.” His words highlight an elementary truth: our well-being links to the ecological well-being of our planet. This holds especially true for the poor, whose lives tend to depend more directly on nature and its dwindling resources. Because environmental degradation is a slow-motion event that easily escapes our notice, we can take the following measures to understand and minimize our role in it.
- Advocate for “radical transparency” that exposes the ecological impacts of what we buy and do.
- Embrace tools that measure the ecological “true cost” of a product or service.
- Encourage finding better solutions to man-made problems, and remain focused on progress—not doom and gloom.
- Extend our compassion to include both people and the planet, in equal measure.
A sample of radical transparency is Social Hotspots Database --"A project (that) aims to foster greater collaboration in improving social conditions worldwide by providing the data and tools necessary for improved visibility of social hotspots in product supply chains."