We are still struggling to acknowledge that we are living on stolen land.Martha Chandran-Dickerson
- Climate change affects more than just plants and animals, and it harms vulnerable communities first and foremost.
- Although America only represents 4% of the global population, it is the world’s single greatest emitter of greenhouse gasses.
- Just as we can hurt individuals unintentionally, we can also harm the environment without knowing it.
- If the Earth does not thrive, neither can we who live on the Earth thrive.
- We will never become the best version of ourselves if we live in a state of perpetual defensiveness.
- Over-shopping and overspending to fill a void in our lives only functions to fill landfills and empty our wallets.
- The price of personal pleasure is often paid by the environment.
- Failure to heal from the trauma in our lives often leads to a transference of that trauma onto the Earth.
- Selfishness elevates our desires over others’ needs.
- Redlining forced the descendants of enslaved people into areas with higher rates of industrial pollution, and this contributes to current health inequities in communities of color.
- The best way to heal our relationship with the Earth is to learn from those who stewarded the land before us.
- The choices we make today do not affect us alone, and they can even affect people living thousands of miles away and thousands of years in the future.
- We will inevitably make mistakes in the process of dismantling systems of oppression, but we should not use this to justify inaction or unwillingness to correct those mistakes.
- Every choice has environmental as well as cultural, moral, and relational implications.
- To love the Earth is to love ourselves.
- “Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard… Lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too.” – Chief Luther Standing Bear
- “Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” – Chief Seattle
- Submit to the environmental knowledge and authority of those who know the Earth best – Indigenous people of the past and present.
- Invest in companies that take good care of the Earth and the people living in it.
- Watch The True Cost to learn about the environmental and economic consequences of the fast fashion industry.
- Read My Grandmother’s Hands to learn about ways that generational trauma affects your physical body.
- Ask yourself, “Which policies do I support that perpetuate inequality by ensuring that poor people stay poor?”
Fight For Justice
There is a battle being fought, day in and day out – one that won’t end until racial equality is realized. This week, Dr. Michael Brown chats with Martha Chandran-Dickerson, who reminds us that we are all global citizens and we all have a role in the fight for justice.
Check Your Privilege
When Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was offered pastoral positions in two states – one in Michigan and one in Alabama – he chose the latter. He leveraged the benefits of his northern education and traded comfort for the Jim Crow South. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Amy Seiffert honor Dr. King’s legacy by exploring our responses to unequal opportunity.
Look Beyond Yourself
One of the most critical skills that leaders can master is the ability to see the bigger picture. Dr. Michael Brown has a conversation this week with Casey Greenawalt about a counterintuitive key to personal growth.