In his book Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World, Paul Hawken says that there are over a million organizations on the planet working on peace, environmental stewardship, social justice, and the preservation of diverse and indigenous culture. Artist Chris Jordan has made a mandala of the names of those million-plus organizations.
There is invisible writing on the back of the diploma you will receive, and in case you didn’t bring lemon juice to decode it, I can tell you what it says: YOU ARE BRILLIANT, AND THE EARTH IS HIRING. The earth couldn’t afford to send any recruiters or limos to your school. It sent you rain, sunsets, ripe cherries, night blooming jasmine, and that unbelievably cute person you are dating. Take the hint. And here’s the deal: Forget that this task of planet-saving is not possible in the time required. Don’t be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done.
Check out Paul Hawken’s book, too: Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming
Hawken believes that we are in the midst of a world-changing rise of activist groups, all working toward ecological sustainability and social justice.
Hawken describes a convergence of the environmental and social justice movements as the largest social movement in history, and the fastest growing movement, comprising over 1 million organizations in every country in the world.