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What Is Possible for the Future Let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. What... There's a tendency to think that what we see in the present moment will continue. We forget how often we have been astonished by the sudden crumbling of institutions, by extraordinary changes in people's thoughts, by unexpected eruptions of rebellion against tyrannies, by the quick collapse of systems of power that seems invincible. What leaps out from the history of the past one hundred years is its utter unpredictability. Demonstrations in Russia were like totally ilegal. After one second holding a banner in front of you, you would be arrested. But we did it once, and we did it twice, and we did it three times, and a year later demonstrations were common thing on the streets of Moscow. We didn't believe that we can change anything, but we did it anyway. After many centuries of warfare in Europe, who could have imagined the emergence of the political and economic power that is now the European Union? And, in a country with a history of slavery and segregation, who could have predicted that a man of color would be elected its president? Or that a nation would publicly apologize for the wrongs committed against its First People? We apologize for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering, and loss on these our fellow Australians. For the pain, sufferings and hurt of these Stolen Generations, we say sorry.... Many, many years ago I interviewed Desmond Tutu, prior to the end of apartheid. And he kept saying "when we end apartheid" And I kept thinking "yeah right," you know, like "dream on." I mean I didn't want to rain on his parade or anything, but in my heart of hearts I thought, And lo and behold, a year and a half later, it was over. So it was really a profound lesson about what can happen when the will of people aligns. We have defeated awful things like Nazism, like communism, like apartheid. And we have seen some wonderful human beings - Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa. What that says is that ultimately good prevails. It is a moral universe, despite all appearances to the contrary. Hahahaha! It is that....there's no way in which evil will ultimately triumph. We sit at a point in time, which is extraordinarily pregnant with possibilities. And that what's really important, is that we shift our thinking from being focused on probabilities as in what's the probability that we'll have runaway climate change or dah dah dah to possibilities. And so once you start to look at possibilities, then there's huge energy that is unlocked from that. New possibilities for the future are emerging in all sectors of society in national and international government, in business and commerce, and the myriad organizations of civil society. Now, governments worldwide are beginning to step up to address our global challenges. For the proposals published today are the first time we've set out a comprehensive plan for carbon across every sector. Iceland, Norway and Costa Rica are racing to become the world's first developed nation to go entirely carbon neutral Ecuador..... in.... rights... recognizing... As... The United Nations Millenium Development Goals represent a wordlwide effort to end hunger and poverty by 2015. Businesses and corporations are recognizing that success in the twenty-first century means paying attention to the triple bottom line: People, Planet, and Profit. The World's largest corporation has announced aspirational goals to be 100% renewable energy, zero waste, and sell only sustainable products. Sixty to ninety thousand companies that sell products to Wal-Mart will now have to show that they are measuring and tracking their carbon footprint and beginning to reduce it. The economic landscape is also being remade with new green collar jobs... If we give them the tools and the training and the technology, they can retrofit a nation. A lot of people think that trash is inevitable - it's one of those necessary evils of life. But that's not true. Waste is actually the product of bad design, and bad design can be changed. Innovative design is also creating a low-tech solutions for the developing world. Everywhere on Planet Earth - in cities and towns, suburbs and villages- a vast and unprecedented global phenomenon is beginning to make itself known. There is another super power here on earth that is an unnamed movement. It is far different and bigger and more unique than anything we have ever seen. It flies under the radar of the media by and large. It is non-violent; it is grassroots. It has no cluster bombs, no armies, and no helicopters. It has no central ideology. A male vertebrate is not in charge. This unnamed movement...you can clap for that, The very word "movement", is too small to describe it. This movement is humanity's immune response to resist and heal political disease, economic infection, and ecological corruption caused by ideologies. This is fundamentally a civil rights movement, a human rights movement; this is a democracy movement; it is the coming world. What you're seeing here is the beginning of a list of the two milliion organizations in the world that work towards social and environmental justice, and that's a minimum. To give you a sense of how big this movement is, if I start this tape today at 9:00 am, and we watch this all day and all night, and the day after that, and then we watch it for three more weeks and then another month after that, we still would not have seen the names of all the groups in the world. It's the largest social movement in the history of humankind, by far. At the heart of the transition to a new world are the communities, families, and individuals who are changing the way they are living - making new choices based on the values that support a more sustainable, just, and fulfilling society. When we think about global warming, we think about transportation, we think about how we heat our houses, but in fact how we eat has just as big an impact on climate change. Percentage... Powering this growing global phenomenon is the explosive digital revolution that is revealing and connecting a planetary human community. This generation is much more powerful than our generation was, technology wise, information wise. Today, a little kid runs to Google to find out what's the latest, and... People can now be connected nationwide to act locally in their communities and then have all that local action united into one synchronized beautiful harmonic voice. The.... we don't know... but... about.. it... Awake, committed people are discovering that an new future is possible, and they are becoming who they need to be to make it happen - together.

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Duration: 11 minutes and 30 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Views: 958
Posted by: pachasherilyn on Feb 8, 2010

ATD V-2 Video #10: "What Is Possible For The Future?"

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