Ask: How can we support and perpetuate the rights of all living things to share in a world of abundance? How can we love the children of all species—not just our own—for all time? Imagine what a world of prosperity and health in the future will look like, and begin designing for it right now. What would it mean to become, once again, native to this place, the Earth—the home of all our relations? This is going to take us all, and it is going to take forever. But then, that’s the point.
Above is an excerpt from Cradle to Cradle, a book to guide creators and innovators of our generation towards a livable future world, written by William McDonough and Michael Braungart.
In terms of taking action, doing something results in mass greater than from doing nothing. A world of prosperity and health will come from nothing but group collaboration and thoughtful intentions, and it might not come in our lifetimes so we have to be vigorously patient enough to know this might instead be our future family’s reality. The longer we wait and do nothing however, the less time we will have to make the changes we want at all.
For starters, reading Cradle to Cradle is a great way to inform yourself of the realities that lie beyond your school exams, your next Instagram post, or your what your boss is demanding you to do in the next hour. You’ll find yourself questioning not what you’ll be wearing as your next outfit, but through the measures it was made and what it might be doing to affect your health and the health of others around you. You’ll be reconsidering every material your skin interacts with, and understand deeply what it means to be truly sustainable.