Imagine an America where the trees in your backyard have legal rights, urban dwellers travel mostly by foot or bicycle, and people meet for religious worship outdoors as often as indoors.
Imagine a world with no landfills, a world with “living” buildings and food gardens on every neighborhood block.
That, in a small way, helps illustrate Berry’s “Ecozoic Era.”
Berry wrote in his seminal 1999 book “The Great Work” that humans must conceive new politics, economics, religious teachings and ways of educating:
“Our own special role, which we will hand on to our children, is that of managing the arduous transition from the terminal Cenozoic to the emerging Ecozoic Era, the period when humans will be present to the planet as participating members of the comprehensive Earth community.”