Imagining A Green World for All

Transitioning from reducing harm towards ecological contribution

Russell Maier
Mar 12 · 5 min read
A old growth tree in Bali, Indonesia — Trees cycle nutrients, sequester carbon, subtract more CO2 than they add, support biodiversity and increase the consciousness of their forest community. Imagine if our homes and enterprises did likewise. -photo by the author

Imagine a world where the very way we live is steadily enriching the ecosystems around us.

It is a world where our households and enterprises, just by thriving, make the biosphere a greener, more abundant and more livable place for us and our fellow species. It is a world where every company and corporation, just by doing business, is subtracting carbon from the biosphere and enriching its diversity. It is a world in which all our enterprises, large and small, account for not just their financial expenses and revenues, but also their grey and green ecological impacts. Here, concepts such as ‘minimizing footprints’, ‘net-zero’, ‘zero waste’ and ‘carbon-neutral’ are relics. No longer do we strive to minimize our grey harm, instead we strive to maximize our greening contributions and balance our debts of old. In this world, our culture and economy are like voices syncing in song with the planet’s cycles; a chorus of ecological harmony rising up with us towards the stars.

Plastic washing up on the beaches of Bali, Indonesia has become an issue that has mobilized the community and government of the island.

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