Friday open thread: carbon creed (part 2)

(source: GeekWire)

Last week, I shared the first six (6) affirmations in the Carbon Creed (part 1). Your comments and feedback were honest, heartfelt and insightful - thank you. This week I am happy to share the seventh and final affirmation.

Most people view their carbon and climate values through a lens of what they are AGAINST. With this final affirmation, we seek to frame the issue based upon what you stand FOR. This is how the Carbon Creed is concluded:

  1. I believe these values are summarized in two ancient rules:

    Do no harm. This sage Chinese principle is captured in the word shu, which means, “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.”  In accordance with this Confucian tradition, we should prioritize the “other” rather than the “self.” This is the Silver Rule.

    Do good. This wise Abrahamic principle where the Law is summarized in a single phrase: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” In accordance with this MENA tradition, we should do good to others when we have the ability. This is the Golden Rule.


To illustrate, consider the covid-19 pandemic. When we individually choose to wear a mask (do no harm), we collectively flatten the infection curve and tame the health crisis (do good).  We wear a mask, not primarily to protection ourselves but to protect others – to prevent the spread of the virus.

We do good by doing no harm. The same principle applies to carbon and climate change.

What do you think about these values and affirmations?

How do you feel about the covid-19/masks comparison?

Please share your thoughts on this important conversation in this thread.

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