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“Wise eldership is the ongoing effort of processing factual information into knowledge, and knowledge into understanding, and understanding into wisdom—wisdom to be shared for the common good of all.”  
  • Knowledge: Study and develop the ever-growing knowledge of sound climate science and its interface with humanity.

    • Continue to build and refine a sound personal knowledge base of climate change.

    • Resist the temptation to assume that the opinions of others are always factual.

    • Listen openly to the opposing sides of debates associated with climate change

    • Be ready and willing to respectfully share one’s knowledge of climate change to a receptive audience—be it one person or many.

  • Understanding: Critically assess the trends and implications of climate change, particularly as those implications impact humans and their natural environment today and into the future.

    • Seek to “connect the dots” of climate change, knowing that the relationships of natural forces are not always straight-forward nor immediately evident.

    • Focus on the implications for humanity—present and future—that will ultimately decide meaningful cultural and policy response to the climate issues.

    • Develop one’s understanding of opportunities for action that can benefit humanity today as well as into the future; i.e., build a story of hope.

    • Understand the trade-offs and the risks as well as the distribution of positive and negative Impacts of the various scenarios.

  • Wisdom: Pass on the Earth Legacy. As elders, we see the climate challenge through the lens of experience and history. This unique perspective allows us to provide a much larger context in which to discuss, teach, and nurture the significance of Earth Stewardship and a Vision of a more sustainable future.

    • Be willing to effectively and passionately share our own elder wisdom story with others—be they family, friends, neighbors, the business community, public officials, the faith community, or anyone within our conversations.

    • Be an elder teacher/mentor to the younger generation -

    • Commit with other elders to become a powerful “Voice of Reason” wherever and whenever decisions are being made that will affect the success of achieving a sustainable Earth Community.

    • Always remain “teachable” that our individual and collective wisdom evolves and matures.

    • Live each day with hope and purpose!

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