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THE WORLDSHIFT 2012 DECLARATION
A Declaration of Global Emergency and Emergence
by Ervin Laszlo and David Woolfson

THE CRISIS AND THE OPPORTUNITY

There is no doubt that we are now in a state of global emergency. This unprecedented worldwide crisis is a symptom of a much deeper problem: the current state of our consciousness; how we think about ourselves and our world. We have the urgent need, and now the opportunity, for a complete rethink: to reconsider our values and priorities, to understand our interconnectedness and to shift to a new direction, living in harmony with nature and each other.
Every person, community, and society in the world is already, or soon will be, affected by the global crisis, through climate change, economic breakdown, ecosystem breakdown, population pressure, food and water shortages, resource depletion, and nuclear and other threats. If we continue on our present unsustainable path, by mid-century the Earth could become largely uninhabitable for humans and countless other forms of life. However, total-system collapse could occur much sooner, caused by ecocatastrophes or escalating wars triggered by religious, geopolitical, or resource conflicts.
These threats are real. The underlying causes of the present worldwide crisis have been building momentum for decades and could soon become irreversible. Estimates of when the point of no return will be reached have been reduced from the end of the century, to midcentury, to the next twenty years, and recently to the next five to ten years.
The window of opportunity for shifting our current path and breaking through to a peaceful and sustainable world may be no more than a few years from now. This timeline coincides with the many forecasts and prophecies that speak of the ending of the current cycle of human life on this planet, and the possible dawning of a new consciousness, by the end of the year 2012.
Today, forward-thinking groups and individuals all over the world are addressing the many opportunities presented at this critical time. Designs for sustainable systems, structures, and technologies are being developed and implemented in all sectors, at all levels, and in every society. This global awakening is a hopeful sign of the vitality of the human spirit and our ability to respond to the dangers we face with insight and creativity.
The totality of our current efforts does not yet match the scope, scale, and urgency of the necessary transformation. But if we collaborate and act with vision, foresight, and commitment we can lay the foundations of a global community that is peaceful, just, and sustainable. We may then ensure our survival and well-being, as well as that of future generations. While the window of time is still open, our top priority as global citizens is to accelerate our evolutionary shift to a planetary consciousness and, together, cocreate this new world and a positive future for humanity.

AN URGENT CALL
 We accordingly issue this urgent call to all the peoples of the world to deepen our awareness of both the dangers and the opportunities of the present global crisis. We declare our firm commitment to work together to bring about a timely and positive WorldShift for the survival of the entire community and the flourishing of all life on Earth.

from Thomas Berry, Dreamer of the Earth; The Spiritual Ecology of the Father of Environmentalism. Edited by Ervin Laszlo and Allan Combs, pp. vii-viii.

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