Nearly three years ago I created this website. And it has sit there empty and contentless. Not because I don’t feel called to spread the word of Gaia. But perhaps because I feel the call so deeply I want every word here to be perfect and that has created a nearly insurmountable barrier. Especially as I had excuse after excuse to put this off. When I created this site, my son was 4. I had research projects that needed my time, I had other projects that seemed important. Basically anything not to do the hard task of growing a community of Gaians that could support each others’ journeys as we prepare ourselves for the transition ahead.
And yet, I did not remain completely in stasis. I continued to grapple with Gaianism academically, writing twice on the need for an eco-philosophical missionary movement. First in State of the World 2013 and then in the book New Earth Politics. Before that, when I first had the epiphany that Gaia is a living organism that should be at the center of human philosophies and spirituality, I attempted to map out an ethical code, which I called Living Earth Ethics. These have guided my personal actions since I wrote them between 2008-2010, especially in my decision to have only one child, which while a difficult choice (even today 7 years later) felt like the only ethically right choice considering what I know about the coming century. The years ahead are going to be brutal; millions will inevitably suffer as cities flood, and droughts, fires, and famine ravish the lands. And having more than one child will just heighten my already overly large contribution to the coming chaos.
It’s almost apocalyptic, but unlike ancient prophecies, this is actually rooted in science. The ice cores and fossil record tells us of the great horrors we’ve just released upon ourselves. And unlike ancient prophecies, this isn’t the end times, but a dark age, the end of the growth-centric consumer era, one from which humanity will most likely bounce back from. Some, like Joanna Macy, hope that this will be a “Great Turning.” Sadly, the odds of it being great are low–we’ve waited too long to change, special interests are too entrenched, the people are too much in a consumer trance, trapped in the cave watching flickering shadows of celebrities or the flickering tongues of pundits and politicians spewing untruths. But there is a possibility–a hope–that, after centuries of darkness, instead of once again pursuing empire and growth, future cultures can be grounded in a Gaian worldview.
That is the mission and calling of Gaians–to seed a Gaian philosophy, one that improves the well-being of people and Gaia now, provides our community meaning, prepares them for the transition ahead, and helps sow the seeds of a new Gaian-centric culture that could take root in the disrupted soils of the post-consumer era and grow over centuries into a philosophy that keeps Gaia always at the center and prevents us from destroying ourselves, millions of species, and Earth’s systems again in the future.