The impetus for this work grew out of a desire to understand the multiple fronts of the environmental and social justice movements. As a budding activist in the early- to mid-1990's, it seemed as though every facet of the movement had its adherents. These dedicated people often had identical refrains: "This issue is the most important one on the planet. Without its resolution, we are surely doomed. Nothing else really matters." So I would find myself floating from one topic to the next, learning what I could from its staunchest allies, reading the relevant literature, trying to absorb it all.
Then I would meet someone else, or stumble across a book or journal which would bring my awareness to yet another issue, and the process would start over. It was all very confusing for a young graduate student finding his way in this forest of vital causes. It was clear to me that our world was in trouble, the symptoms were clear, but what were the underlying causes? Which of these afflictions were predominant? Who was speaking truth? Was there a pecking order, i.e. some which were absolutely mandatory, and others that could wait?
As this intellectual journey was unfolding, there came a dawning. Slowly at first, yet as the glimmer began coalescing into a vision, the realization was this:: All of these issues and causes were equally important, none eclipsed any other.
After many years of study and participation, it has become apparent that each of the facets of these movements is connected to every other. Like a spider's web, as one becomes unraveled, the matrix of the entire system is compromised. The system is only as strong as the weakest link. For many decades, the systems that sustain life on our beautiful planet have been eroding. We are closing in on a point of no return. Therefore, it has become untenable to refer to one campaign, or one issue as, the most important issue on the planet.
They are all equally important. Without the resolution of them all, we lose the planet. This is a realization that will serve every activist, educator, progressive, and reformer. There is a tendency within these ecosocial movements (as they will be referred to here) for replicated efforts, even competition between organizations that are working towards the same solution.
The effort of all these fronts needs to become a concerted one. This path calls for caring individuals to put aside their differences and work for a grander vision. A vision of a civilization free from fear and injustice. One in which every man, woman, and child - indeed, every being of every species - is free to fulfill its potential. Such a civilization is within our reach. What we have lacked, to this point, is a common vision. Once such a vision is realized, the willpower to enact it becomes possible. With sufficient tenacity, it is not only possible, but probable. If it can be dreamed, it can be done.
This idea may seem naïve and simplistic on the surface. However, one needs only to study the multiple fronts of the ecosocial communities to see the similarities. What results is a view that is not convoluted, but one that can be broken into clearly defined emphases. These emphases, originally viewed in a disparate way, can now be viewed as elements of a coherent, unified whole. When looked at from such a holistic perspective, one can clearly see that the job ahead is quite feasible. In fact, seeing the task in practical terms will help in advancing these causes more effectively and efficiently.
Many individuals will recognize the following points as being of major concern to any number of environmental or humanitarian organizations. They will no doubt have heard of these issues in the normal daily occurrence of their lives. Those who have made it their livelihood to be aware of ecosocial issues, who have actively campaigned for one or more specific causes, will certainly be familiar with most of the concepts presented here. None of these principals is novel. The breakthrough is the understanding that they all must be dealt with together, as one.
We will now examine all of these facets, these multiple fronts of the ecosocial movement, in a coherent and tangible way. The true challenge is perceiving how they all fit together, overlap, interconnect, and affect each other. Subsequently, how we may use these insights to inform others so that the present madness is counterbalanced, then subsumed, by a more just and sustainable civilization.
Following, then, is one such holistic picture. Referred to as The Blueprint for Planetary Evolution, the emphases and fronts of the ecosocial movement are presented in the context of the present world situation. It is not this author's intention, however, to wallow in problems. Problems without solutions remain problems. Therefore, this will be about remedies. We are on the threshold of a great leap forward in our social and cultural evolution. Embracing the new, while releasing what no longer serves us, is the first step in this leap forward.