Generative Advocacy

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Advocacy aims to influence decision-making within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. Advocacy opportunities regarding environmental and ecological issues and concerns emerge in a variety of institutional arenas—public and private—and locally to globally.

In the 21st Century we have both a rich legacy of strategies for advocacy and an urgent need to make great use of them, a remarkable array of tools and a strong call to master them.

Many advocacy efforts are best undertaken across generations, races, social classes, religions, genders, and physical abilities. Occasionally, a specific category of people are uniquely suited to take the lead on advocacy while still benefiting from allies. As elders we seek: possibilities for our unique advocacy to arise in voice and action, occasions to stretch into our aspirations for the future, and solid grounding in our intentions to leave an ecological legacy to future generations.

In the words of Mary Catherine Bateson:

We need to look further into the future, using more and better science and learning to think more clearly about our interdependence with other forms of life. In doing so, we will be following our nature as the species that survives by learning. (Willing to Learn, 2004)

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