By expanding our self-interest to include other beings in the body of Earth, the ecological self also widens our window on time. It enlarges our temporal context, freeing us from identifying our goals and rewards solely in terms of our present lifetime.

from World as Lover, World as Self (1991)

Portrait of Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy

Eco-Philosopher, Environmental Activist, and Systems Theorist Scholar
Born: May 2, 1929

Joanna Rogers Macy is an eco-philosopher, environmental activist, and scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. With a commitment to addressing the ecological and social challenges of our time, Macy has developed innovative frameworks such as "The Work That Reconnects," which combines psychological insights, spiritual teachings, and environmental awareness to foster resilience and transformative change. Her work emphasizes the importance of embracing the interconnectedness of all life and empowering individuals to engage in meaningful actions that promote ecological sustainability and social justice. Through her books, workshops, and lectures, Joanna Macy has inspired countless individuals to cultivate a sense of planetary responsibility and engage in the collective effort to create a more sustainable and compassionate world.


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