Getting Out of Ecological Debt: Lynne Twist at TEDx Wall Street

March 25, 2014 | By Cassie Stiftl

Last November, our co-founder Lynne Twist gave a fascinating and inspirational talk at TEDx Wall Street. Lynne's unique experiences with money as a Philanthropist working to fight poverty with Mother Teresa and as a co-founder of the Pachamama Alliance have given her a specific insight into how the recent economic crisis is related to a global ecological crisis.

Lynne argues that as a species, we are in deep ecological debt. As a whole, humanity uses 41% more resources than the Earth can regenerate. She says, "We are living off an ecological credit card we can never pay back." According to Lynne the economy is a subset of the world's ecology because everything that we sell within the economy comes from the Earth. Thus, the only way to fix the economy is to live within our ecological means.

Lynne states that it is our responsibility to reverse this trend and create a better world for everyone. Watch the video above to hear Lynne at TEDx Wall Street.

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