What I wanted to write about today is something that has transformed my thinking both about how to explain the work we do at ARC and about the Copenhagen climate change talks themselves.
At the EcoSikh launch in Delhi, Olav Kjorven, Assistant Secretary General of UNDP said that what has characterized the history of the climate change negotiations over the past 20 years has been “everyone generally wanting to do as little as possible, while pushing for others to do as much as possible”. This comes from a scarcity mentality, “to make sure that someone else pays the bill.”
However, what we see in many meetings of faiths on the environment is quite the opposite. We see people are saying: “this is what we can offer: this is what we are going to do.” They don’t say: “we’ll only do this if another faith does this, or if the government does this,” they simply say: “this is what we can give and this is what we can do.”
This comes from an abundance mentality… And if some of that mentality rubs off on those attending the Copenhagen talks in December, then the world just might be a clearer place. And even if it doesn’t, then all these actions that religions are announcing in the next few years, are going to happen anyway. “Religions hold a key – an important key – to the task that humanity has been given.”
This text is from our latest newsletter, which can be read in its more complete form here.