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New Wood Blog: Integral Ecology and the Prophetic Imagination

Many years ago, an elderly friend told me his experience of December 7, 1941. He was a senior in high school, and was spending that Sunday with friends at an ice-skating party on a lake near his home in northern Minnesota. Someone from a nearby house approached and, with an ashen face, told the group that Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor. At that moment, he knew his whole life had changed, all his plans gone out the window. And he felt a strong calling, and knew what he had to do. He was two months past his 18th birthday. The next morning, he, along with many other young men, went and enlisted in the Army.

The 2016 U.S. presidential election was a Pearl Harbor for the planet. If Donald Trump and his GOP live up to their promises, it no longer will be possible for the world to stay below the temperature threshold that all other nations have agreed we would be foolish to exceed. Many generations will suffer. More than half of all species will be at risk of extinction. Eighty national ac…

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