The Eco-humanity website is being relaunched following the publication of Compete or Cooperate – the evolutionary choice that will determine our future. Its new mission is to mobilise people of all nationalities and religious views who have eco-friendly ideals, and believe in the liberal humanist principles of freedom, equality and rationality.
The future of our children is being threatened by a combination of new technologies, an aging demographic, climate change, the destruction of the environment, and the growing divide between rich and poor. Since 1990 globalisation has altered the way society operates. The liberal humanist values of an egalitarian and caring society have come under increasing attack from the disaffected. Libertarian and neo-liberal attitudes have celebrated the success of the rich and marginalised those living in penury. There has been an increase in national and racial intolerance, known as populism.
When society changes there are always two options; either retrench, rally round the flag, try to prevent change and look after one’s own, or reach out and co-operate and try to make the new society work for the good of everybody. Right now, everything seems to be pointing towards the first alternative. Populist politicians are rejecting the rational approach of liberal humanism. Global warming is not happening, according to the populists, even though records prove that average temperatures are rising inexorably every year.
Right now evolutionary forces are creating an increasingly divided world that is destroying the planet. It doesn’t have to be that way. By inspiring all those who espouse eco-friendly liberal humanist views to co-operate and work together across national and religious divides, we humans can create a society that works for the good of all.