Creating new streams of consciousness
As people begin to understand the full value
of ecosystem goods and services available
from healthy river systems, they may begin to
act in new ways. But it can be tricky to
create new streams of consciousness and take
the new actions that flow from them. Our
habits of thinking and acting can be
resistant to change.
For example, some people escape their
responsibility through thought patterns that
Sandra Steingraber refers to as "exit doors"
for not responding:
Denial: We can exercise willful ignorance
with denial and continue to pretend that serious
problems don't exist and don't impact each of us;
"Not seeing is another form of silence," (Steingraber,
Despair: We can fall into the depths of
despair and hopelessness by the enormity of the
situation and become paralyzed, believing that
individual contributions are too small to make a
Delusion or opting out: We can delude
ourselves into thinking that we can escape and
avoid the environmental impacts: "I'll just drink
bottled water" or "I'll stop eating fish if it has
mercury" or "If a landfill comes in next door, I'll
Obviously these are responses that we CANNOT do.
But what can we do? Fortunately, there are plenty
of creative leaders and practical examples of
positive next steps in the Section What We Can Do.
|"To sin by silence when they should
protest makes cowards out of men."