Qualities of the Great Turning Movement

This article is based on my ideas about the Great Turning Movement. If you aren’t familiar with them, click here.

The Great Turning movement needs to be diverse in terms of race, culture, gender, class, age, and so on. Diversity is needed not only to be inclusive but also because diversity is a source of greater insight and strength.

This movement also must be intergenerational, (In Our Hands: Handbook for Intergenerational Actions to Solve the Climate Crisis, Wilford Welch) probably led by young people and drawing from the wisdom and experience of elders, like myself. We will need to work hard on overcoming barriers to this collaboration. Youth must be central to the movement because they have the most to gain by having a regenerative society in which to live their lives, and because they have the energy and passion we need.

The movement must also be bioregional, so that we will really connect with the local regions where we live–learning how the earth operates locally; loving our forests, grasslands, lakes, mountains, and so on; restoring our ecosystems, regenerating our soil and water cycles. This makes our love of the earth real and not just a nice idea.

This movement for the Great Turning must become large and far reaching. It can be summarized as follows:

  • Working for a regenerative society at all levels.
  • Focused on multiple social, ecological, and political issues.
  • Personal and spiritual as well as political and social.
  • Focused on changing consciousness and worldview as well as social structures.
  • Bioregional and planetary
  • Diverse and intergenerational

We won’t just aim to gain political power as have many past movements. We need to transform everything as we enter a new era in social evolution. We have an opportunity to contribute something significant to the fate of humanity. What a time to be alive!

This proposal is focused primarily on the U.S. and other developed nations. However, ultimately it must spread around the world. Wise and caring people in other parts of the world are already contributing their ideas and organizing their people, and they will increasingly join the movement. The movement must be global in scope, involving as many nations and cultures as possible, so the whole world is involved in the Great Turning!