Jill Stein on the Fertile Grounds for Revolution

Photo by Cheryl Dunn, 2011

Photo by Cheryl Dunn, 2011

The first season of this program has explored our ecological predicament from the vantage of activism, science, indigenous knowledge, and eco-psychology, and we have brainstormed and dreamed about how to move towards a regenerative future as an Earth community. The window we must pass through to escape a total unraveling of the climate and biodiversity is so small that we must focus all our creative powers on hitting that target, no matter how radical the changes we must make in our societies and ourselves. The other part of the message is that we can’t do it alone, and we must partner with the plants, animals, fungi, and bacteria, those ancient survivors and healers who give so freely of their gifts. In separation, all creatures perish, but together we comprise a complete intelligence, a beating heart. Our inquiries have often been conceptual, as we dig down to the roots of our collective confusions and shadows. We have set aside the fine-toothed political and economic discussions, because they often conclude that what’s necessary is impossible, and thus produce no meaningful solutions that change our destructive course. Today marks a new direction. Our guest today is a rare breed: a politician who not only can admit our political system is broken and our home planet cries for radical change, but who is absolutely dedicated to building a movement around making it through that diminishing window of opportunity. Jill Stein is the Green Party’s 2016 candidate for President of the United States.