Jennifer Nielsen Posted over 2 years ago How attached are you to your deeply held beliefs? If solutions to global problems challenge your worldview, how do you react? I think your initial question says it all. With the exception of an enlightened few, we are all generally bound by our deep seated beliefs. There is no single solution to global problems - all solutions are important and no single solution will fit all situations. It simply is neither the nature of the planet of the individuals on it. (Belief systems govern so much - the value of things, how we treat each other, what we care about, what we learn, what we choose to see and so on.) Solving this problem is going to take all of us, acting in our own areas of expertise, from the highest levels of government and industry through to the manner in which each individual lives. The problem to me is that while (thank god) people like those in this discussion are interested and often involved in solving vegetation problems and saving elephants, most of the planet is focused on getting the kids to school, getting a promotion, worrying about real estate prices and the cost of petrol.. (All of which you might add are constructs.) I think there is a real place for mass level influence to change beliefs slowly. Captains of industry, rulers of lands, scientists, social workers, thieves alike are all mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends and governors of the earth's resources. Get 'em at home and you will get 'em at the office.