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New Possibilities For the Living Earth Movement!

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As American policy seemed ever more fixed on global domination, and as it remained clear that China saw itself as an equal in a multi-centric world, China had become, indeed, the greatest threat to the United States’ goal.  I kept arguing for cooperation between the two greatest powers, which are also the two greatest polluters and, in general, the two greatest threats to the health of the planet.  But actions and speeches on the part of American leaders, and especially President Biden, were not encouraging. 

American propaganda seemed bent on reducing any possibility of a positive role for China.  Americans were being taught to think of China not so much as simply opposing American imperialism, but also, as so irresponsible that the United States must ensure that China’s range of influence is small. 

Continuing conflict seemed inevitable, with very little cooperation in dealing with global dangers to humanity. When President Biden first learned that President Xi was coming to the United States, he seemed quite doubtful about taking the opportunity to speak with him.  A positive relation to China did not seem to be part of American plans. War seemed more likely, and the United States probably knows that the only war it can win with China is a nuclear one. 

But something happened. Perhaps American corporations that have grown rich through cooperating with Chinese corporations, or even governmental agencies, talked persuasively with Biden.  A war would be extremely disruptive of their affairs.  Whoever led in talking with Biden and whatever was said, the result was that Biden’s approach to China seems to have been dramatically changed.  Perhaps the cynics are right, and the changes will not go deep.  But there was little that was negative about China in the reports that came out.  Talk about cooperating on climate matters seemed authentic. It does seem that the door is open to developing cooperation with Chinese at many levels. 

If that is so, I will make statements that may show my naivete.  I believe that, at the moment,the Chinese door is open for American proposals of cooperation at many levels and that the American government will allow much that did not seem possible a few weeks ago.  I also believe that there are no American groups in better position to become partners, in discussion with Chinese groups, than the process community. Proposals arising from these discussions will be taken seriously in China. How open the United States will be is yet to be seen. 

For me this is an historic opportunity with wonderful potential.   Although the one process organization that focuses on the China relation is the Living Earth Movement,some of the process folks who have led in developing positive relations with Chinese are in other branches of the Chinese movement.  Philip Clayton has illustrated the possibility of producing a book with very significant proposals for China and having these intensively discussed there.  He has agreed to lead the overall project of developing new relations with China.  The LEM will support him in his work in China.  Its primary task will be to encourage Americans to understand that China is now ready for cooperation and the main blockage, the false picture of China that most Americans have swallowed, can now be challenged.

What we have been doing has a much-improved chance of being effective, since the misinformation we are countering is no longer needed to implement American policy.  We will continue the work of developing short informative accounts on topics about which most Americans have been brainwashed by negative accounts.  A new relation with China needs to include a more realistic understanding of China. We can cooperate much better with a country, about which we may be critical, but a country about whose accomplishments we can also be highly respectful.  We will find that many of our goals for the planet as a whole are sufficiently similar to allow joint efforts.  

My view is that there is a much-improved possibility for the future of American/Chinese relations and that this opens new doors for the possibility of the human race acting wisely in the face of the many crises it faces.  Like many new possibilities the extent to which it can be acted on will depend on the availability of money.  I believe Philip is already accomplishing a lot with very little financial expense.  Please give serious thought to the changes in the world that are just occurring and in which we can play a role.  Does this suggest a gift to support our Living Earth Movement?  To  me, it does.

Thank you!

John Cobb

Next Living Earth Youth Dialogue December 8th

The Earthly Matters of Cosmic Awareness 
December 8th 5-6:30 PST

In this discussion, Henry Mitchell will share his vision for building a sustainable, decentralized living system guided by cosmic awareness. Henry will share his experience in building an Earthship project in Japan with the innovative Architect Mike Raynolds, who heavily influenced his academic interests, leading toward his post-graduate thesis, “The Earthly Matters of Cosmic Awareness”.  It engages the concept of cosmically aware architecture and calls for a rethinking of human infrastructure systems to prioritize resilience, well-being, and sustainability.

Henry Mitchell is a cross-cultural researcher and educator who worked on various projects linking sustainable food systems and regenerative agriculture practitioners between the US and China since 2018. He has studied permaculture design and agroforestry since 2016 under the mentorship of Benjamin Friton, Director of The REED Center for Ecosystem Reintegration in Maryland. His interest in planetary sustainability led him to learn about Earthships and work on building projects in Japan.

Update from Committee for a Sane U.S.-China Policy

U.S.-China Update Committee for a Sane U.S.-China Policy

The November 15th San Francisco summit between Presidents Biden of the U.S. and Xi Jinping of China is now history. While we can all breathe a little easier as a result of their joint pledges to reduce tensions and improve cooperation on climate change and other issues, the structural forces that drive U.S.-Chinese competition in the military, economic, technological, and diplomatic arenas persist.  Please join us on December 13th @ 7:00PM EST for an experts' webinar on the Biden-Xi Summit and its implications for the future of U.S.-Chinese Relations.  Click Here to Register

The expert panel will include: 

Michael Klare, Professor Emeritus of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College and defense correspondent, The Nation 

Yun Sun, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China Program at the Stimson Center, Washington, D.C.

Zhiqun Zhu, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Bucknell University 

To whet your appetite see Michael Klare’s United States and China Sign Landmark Agreement on Climate Change Cooperation

“On Nov. 14, the U.S. Department of State and the Chinese Ministry for Foreign Affairs published the text of the “Sunnylands Statement on Enhancing Cooperation to Address the Climate Crisis,” an agreement between the U.S. and China for deeper cooperation in overcoming the global climate crisis. The agreement was negotiated Nov. 4-7 at the Sunnylands estate in southern California by U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and China’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, Xie Zhenhua. The Biden administration has placed a high priority on enhancing U.S.-China cooperation in the climate field, viewing such cooperation as a means of both slowing planetary warming – a key objective given that the U.S. and China represent the world’s top two emitters of heat-trapping greenhouse gases (GHGs) – and of balancing U.S. hostility and competition in other fields…”

How Do You Define Ecological Civilization and
What Would It Be Like To Live in One?

Those were among the top questions asked of panelists on a recent East and West Dialogue on Ecological Civilization. Here is a link to the video recording of the presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQq3GpOaLBU

John Cobb is inviting the Living Earth Movement volunteers, especially those helping with our Understanding China Program and you, to share your definition and vision for Ecological Civilization. Please send your inspiring and insightful answers to us at livingearthmovement@gmail.com  

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Charles Betterton, MSCED

Gratefully Serving as Executive Director