Our relations, exchanges, and movements are surprisingly integral. Recognizing integral ecology is what we need to establish a paradigm of sustainability that includes not only our daily practices and habits, but also our economic and political systems that must learn to respect the environment. Our educational systems are being reworked and science must increase its focus on solving problems as we move towards a more complex world.
Human and natural relations determine the environment because they act as one: ecosystem flows, resource use, waste recycling, all manner of economic and financial exchanges, as well as human movements. These relations need to be balanced so that different stresses do not weigh heaviest on the poor and the natural environment.
Recognizing the amount of suffering and degradation already generated globally, there is a need for far greater reconciliation. As we enter the Anthropocene, not only is the very land use changing, but our “sky”, our weather flowsand seasons, and our ocean currents are forcing many of the poor to drastically adapt in order to survive.
Integral ecology in this way is a universal priority for all. A basic way of understanding this is to reflection on water as something that connects with all life and all our concerns, whether,wastemanagement at homeortheglobal climate. Action for Water is our call for change.Water connects with the five themes identified and is also a key concern,for example, in driving migration,impacts of mining, in defining social responses or the need forproblem-solving science.Whether one is talking about disaster risk reduction in Asia Pacific, droughts and food production in East and South Africa, land use changes in the Amazon and Congo Basin, water is always central to discussions of environmental and social impacts.
Water is a unifying theme for ecological responses that has the potential to weave together different initiatives. It is central in our world and how we live, and lies at the core of integral ecology. Incidentally, the UN has also recognized the fundamental quality of water, declaring 2018-2028 as the International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development.
The five themes of Ecojesuit were first discussed in 2017, and are points for urgent local and global collaborative communication and action.
- Disaster Risk Reduction and Water
- Energy Transition and Divestment
- Lifestyle, Organic Farming & SDGs
- Land-Use Change, Mining & Resource Extraction
- Education and Solidarity