The Living Earth Movement
learning from starlings
One of the Cobb Institute's most important partners is the Living Earth Movement. The movement, in which John Cobb plays a crucial role, invites us to learn from our more-than-human relatives, starlings for example, so that we might cooperate with one another, internationally, as starlings do when they fly together, swirling and swaying. Think of China and the United States. Might we, too, swirl and sway together?
"The mission of the Living Earth Movement is twofold. The short-term priority is to get the U.S. and China to cooperate for the sake of all life on this planet. Without their full and joint participation, the necessary changes will not be made in time. However, with their joint leadership, virtually all nations will follow. The second and equally important priority is to promote the foundations for a new kind of civilization in which humans would learn to value and cooperate with the rest of the ecosphere. We need a world in which humans understand themselves as part of a living earth community. We call this an ecological civilization."