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Earth Talk Video: Big Picture Activism

With Helena Norberg Hodge

It is easy to feel overwhelmed and depressed by the state of the world today: from terrorism to unemployment and poverty, from climate chaos to the breakdown of democracy. In the mainstream media, these escalating problems appear separate, but the “big picture” makes it clear that they share a common root cause: an economic system that has become anti-life.

“Big picture activism” is a strategy that not only reveals the interconnections among our many environmental, social, and economic crises, but demonstrates a path towards solving them simultaneously. At the same time, big picture activism involves supporting – and getting involved in – the wealth of inspiring initiatives that are moving communities in a healthier direction. In North and South, in the city and the country, people are rebuilding connections to others and to Nature, and are reaping real spiritual, psychological, and practical benefits.

Recorded Wednesday, 26 July, 2017


Helena Norberg-Lodge is a pioneer of the new economy movement and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and the Goi Peace Prize. Her inspirational book Ancient Futures has been translated into more than 35 languages. She is co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home and From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture and the producer of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness. She also is the director of Local Futures and the International Alliance for Localization (IAL), and a founding member of the International Forum on Globalisation (IFG) and The Global Ecovillage Network.