One World has been growing inside of me for many years. It is only one step away from my obsession with venomous animals. The seed was planted soon after Scorpions of Southern Africa hit the bookshelves in 2003, as I immediately realised that there are vastly different reasons why people bought my book.
Some people wanted to be wowed by the 8 legged awesomeness that scurried from every page. They had an open mind, a thirst for knowledge, and didn’t mind getting dirty in order to learn. Conversely, there were those people who were steeped in old wives tales and fear. They were afraid of scorpions not because of what they knew, but rather because of what they did not know. Although they rubber necked from cover to cover, there was no awesomeness radiating from the pages for them.
Working with venomous animals has given me an insight into how we perceive the world as we are, and not how the world actually is. Time and time again, I have witnessed how our misguided values and beliefs create an ever increasing disconnection between ourselves and the natural world. It is a sad state of affairs when the very processes that give us life, become perverted by the mind into something to be feared. This disconnection is the sole reason why a shift to a more sustainable mindset is so vital for the future of humanity.
Sustainability is a subject that touches every aspect of our lives. There is no getting away from the consequences of our actions. However, given the scope and importance of the subject, writing this book as has been an eye opening experience for me. While working on this manuscript, I’ve taken a closer look at my own impact upon the world. I always thought that I was one of the more sustainable people that I knew. I don’t buy plastic bags, I have vegetarian days a few times a week, I avoid fast foods and soft drinks and I’m very conscious about the waste that I generate.
However, my research has taken me into deeper areas of my life that have made me very uncomfortable. I now realise that my efforts are not enough, and that I have a desire to disassociate myself with the smoke and mirrors of modern life. The desire to dig deeper and to learn more about my impact on the world, has been the driving force behind my motivation to write this book.
One World is divided into 3 sections. The first section, Right Here, Right Now, is an exploration of our current situation. The second section, Creating An Understanding, touches upon the broader and more important concepts that create the foundations for a sustainable mindset. The third and last section, The Future Starts Now, focuses upon the change management, innovation and leadership that is so desperately needed to create our new world.