Consciousness in Action, by Andrew Beath
The only way to end destructive human tendencies like ecological
degradation and economic imbalance is for individuals to undergo
spiritual self-examination and recognize their responsibility to
nature, argues Beath, a passionate environmental activist and the
driving force behind the EarthWays Foundation. This inspirational
book aims to guide people from "well-meaning but self-centered
naiveté to... 'conscious activism.'"
To that end, Beath presents his views as well as the stories and
advice of 15 "social change leaders," including Julia
Butterfly Hill, who spent more than two years living in an ancient
Redwood tree to keep it from being cut down; Peter Levitt, who works
with inner city youths; and the late psychiatrist and activist John
Mack (2004). All of the above stress the humanitarian ideals of
compassion, tolerance, non-violent activism and an appreciation
and respect for living creatures.
Though Beath declares somewhat dramatically in the first chapter
that "the Earth bleeds on the cross of human industry,"
he and his fellow activists remain confident that public concern
over the environment and the culture is increasing.
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