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Consent and Climate Crisis: How #MeToo Can Reframe Conversations
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Consent and Climate Crisis: How #MeToo Can Reframe Conversations

Dr. John Izzo


If #MeToo has taught us anything, it’s that the privileged cannot ultimately succeed if others suffer as a result. The same goes for humanity. Nature, future generations, as well as the less privileged, cannot have a say in the decisions that we make.

Over the past several decades, I have been advising corporate executives on social responsibility.
there’s a story I often tell about Phil Jackson, a well-known coach of the
Chicago BullsAnd Los Angeles Lakers. Jackson would announce the new season each season.
Each player should be met one by one. He’d draw a circle on a board and ask, “If
this circle is the team, where do you see yourself?”

His theory was that the players could not feel they were winning and that a winning team would be impossible.
You were outside the circle. Everyone needed a place. Everyone deserves a place. The
stars in the middle of these circles — the Michael JordansThe Shaquille
— had reason to include others out of their own self-interest (to
Win!It was not always the right thing to have done.

Jackson, naturally, holds the NBARecord with 11 championship titles
Coach, so his theory has some weight. In the wake #MeTooMovement
I’ve found the Circle concept useful in helping people in positions of power
It is time to deconstruct patriarchal ideas that are corrosive and to think in a more holistic way.
Responsible service that serves Everyone better — including themselves.

Many of these insights are still relevant as world leaders attempt to put into practice many of them.
Climate policies that are needed are in place
In Glasgow. This is the type of thinking that allowed companies to succeed.
Tolerating sexual exploitation for long enough is the same as what led to our deaths.
this critical moment — when the world needs to do more to address the climate
crisis. Excluding nature is like excluding women from the Circle.
Future generations will suffer because of our decision-making.
Nature and humans both suffer.

Both of these issues are rooted in the power and privilege of those who choose to use it.
To act in their own interests without realizing the consequences
Not recognizing the rights and responsibilities of those who were not present at the table to make important decisions.

Research has shown that systemic bias can cause poor decisions.
Blind spots of decision-makers Over the last 50
Our society has repeatedly failed to recognize this. include
the future generations of our children, or the needs of the developing countries
Decision making Traditional economic theory doesn’t consider nature to be an actual factor in decision making.
“externality,” rather than an important input.

This systemic bias is why governments and companies often fail to recognize the importance of cooperation.
Invite a devil’s advocate to offer points-of-view that counter the dominant ones
To make better decisions

John F. KennedyThis approach was used during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Having seen the systemic bias that caused the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Kennedy
later said he could not believe “intelligent people had made such wrong-headed
decisions.” During the Crisis, he tapped his brother, Attorney General Robert
, to argue the opposing viewpoints during the team’s decision-making
Processes that helped the administration find a peaceful resolution to the matter

Consent and the Climate Crisis

A similar response is required, as the climate crisis is an existential threat to this generation.
You could use this approach to avoid potentially dangerous outcomes.
Imagine how things could change if nature had a seat at the table.
What about the decision-making table? Imagine if every company had a seat reserved for them all.
Future generations and nature can ask that seat what it wants or requires.
us now.

What would nature require of us in order to have a winning team. Clear
An example of this is: collapse of fisheries across the
The decisions we made about commercial fishing were made without the participation of fish.
(Neither did the small-scale fishermen). However, many people were able to benefit from the expansion of the Circle.
Several jurisdictions recognized the need for marine-protected zones (MPAs), in addition to
no-catch zones. These are implemented wherever they are found in the world within a reasonable time.
short period of time, we’ve seen an increase in seafood catch and restoration of
The biomass of fish. The Apo Island
In the
PhilippinesOne of the most well-known examples is “The Greatest.” Asking nature what it needs.
Our thinking was changed, and everyone won.

Another lesson from #MeToo is applicable here. After decades of
Men in power must now listen more than they speak to women who are being marginalized.
Programs that accelerate the promotion and hiring of women have become the norm.
This can often leave men at a disadvantage short-term in favor of the longer-term.
Equity. Similar circumstances are required regarding climate change, but globally.

Developed, privileged countries must listen to and collaborate with developing nations
to help them shift to more sustainable and less polluting economies. They’ll need
to listen to other marginalized voices. as well — including Indigenous
Many of them have the knowledge and perspective to help us make meaningful decisions.
insights and solutions for a climate-resilient

This will lead to some disadvantages for developed nations whose economies this could affect.
Carbon has been used to grow crops; the nature needs must be met.
Prioritize short-term economic growth over the long-term.

Finally, men have had to confront their toxic behavior in terms
Sexual consent is a given, but all of humanity must acknowledge the non-consensual
Relationship we have had over the past several hundred years with the rest of the natural world
Jahre. With little recognition that other species had “rights,” we have doomed
Many species are at risk of extinction. Like #MeToo we all share that concern
legacy — whether or not we intended to be predatory. Only when we confront the truth
We can move forward.

Everyone wins when the Circle is truly expanded. When we don’t, we all lose.

If the #MeToo movement has taught us anything, it’s that the privileged cannot
If others suffer, you will ultimately succeed. Humanity can’t thrive if others suffer.
If nature and future generations are not able to have a say in the matter, then the less privileged and those who are less fortunate will also be excluded.
We make the decisions that we make.

Everyone deserves a place. Everyone needs a voice. It’s the only way to form a
A winning team.


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