Albert Einstein the greatest environmentalist of all time

Albert Einstein his view upon the environment

In the series Greatest Original Environmentalist, we are now entering the modern times and two of the greatest thinkers finally meet with a time span of nearly 2500 years between them both in a spiritual and as science matter. One cannot write a personal history of the largest movement in the history of all times without science of Albert Einstein. He was honored with Nobel Prize in Physics 1921.  Great Compassion and Eco lifestyle philosophy Albert Einstein who was a part of the philosophy that created modern environmental movements; his philosophy shaped organizations as Greenpeace, Earth day, Bellona, World Wildlife Foundation by sharing his warm humanity with us all. First, we must remember that Einstein lived in a very difficult time, but he was a beautiful man who shared and included everybody in his world of wisdom. He is not only a hero but an inspiration for work with the environment and sustainable product design

Spiritual product design

Albert Einstein was a person who in all his greatness and compassion for other living beings and shared the common view on the environment as my other heroes The Buddha, Gandhi and Nass. The humanity, caring for others and compassion they all shared, is quite different from the view we have today. The focus we have on our own ego and the clinching to it is probably the biggest reason to a lot of the problems in society; the unfair sharing of resources in the world.  Sustainable product design it is about smaller small changes, a process towards a greater understanding how everything in the world, humans, animals, production, trade and respect I depend on each other. The understanding that everything connected is essential for producing product that is true sustainable.  When we think about the impact production of goods have in other communities and countries we speak about a connected sustainable design; He is called spiritual product design. I believe Einstein would appreciate people that work to improve situations for others. Einstein did not only have the greatest understanding about Space and time; his view upon humanity is extraordinary.

The 70’s radical environmentalists  and modern terrorism

This is the fourth post where I try to find the original environmentalists from the beginning of time and up to the 70s. In the 70’s a large part of the established society looked upon the new environment Eco warriors as a threat to society. In the most politically active decade of a last century people who protested could easily be regarded as criminal and even end up in jail. However, we should be glad they started doing the dirty job saving the environment. Maybe if environmentalists did not start in the 70s cleaning up, it might have been too late. Today the status of the 70’s Eco warriors is different, and they are regarded as heroes by many. The funeral of Baader Meinhof members Ulrike Meyer and Andreas Baader. On right side one of the terrorist who was behind the terror against the group of athletics from Israel in 1978 The terrorist of the 70’s, Baader Meinhof was politically intelligent people but did go excessively far and started a wave of fractions. In Northern Ireland, the killings of the Israeli sport athletes in 1978, Malcolm X and the black panthers, the war in Vietnam ended in 1975 after large protest marches, the 70’s who started with flowers and ended in bullets.

Einstein was born in a difficult time

Einstein was born in a time where great inventions and the industrial revolution had made many nations powerful. Germany suffered under the heavy burden after they lost World War II, massive taxed and almost at a ruin. Hitler took advantage of this and by promised every Germany work, his mange to do so by starting gigantic projects as The Autobahn. The Autobahn is still today highly modern more than 70 years after. The atom bomb that Einstein’s theories made possible became his black nemesis, without the bomb in time fighting Americans and English might have lost the war. The Germans was almost ready to test their own atom bombs, and in addition to the bomb. They developed the first real missiles V1 and V2. The missiles with a nuclear bomb could have wiped out London, and probably New York. When Einstein realized what the bomb had done in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He understood how his science could be misused, and he got worried about t human’s ability to destroy each other.

Einstein and Buddha shared common view

In the series of the finest Original Environmentalist, we are entering the modern times and two of the finest thinkers ever lived on earth finally meets with a time span of 2500 years, in the space, spiritual development and science. Albert Einstein meets Prince Siddhartha Gautama, whom known as the Buddha (the one that is enlightened according to Indian languages Pali and Sanskrit). Einstein shared the same view upon humanity and philosophies that everything is connected, and the universe is empty; everything can be taken apart is smaller unit as atoms and even small particles  until it is nothing left than a human illusion.

Humanity is the most important factor in the difficult times ahead of us Einstein and Buddha shared also the same view, not to kill anything living included the trees and grass. Einstein was a scientist  who needed evidence for his theories; Buddha, on the other hand, was a philosopher. However, Buddha said if a scientist proved his theories wrong, he would accept theirs. Both Buddha and Einstein’s view is clearly important in our stressful and disturbing times. I have seen over the last ten years a clear shift in our social values; we are seeking the happiness we did not find in material wealth and started practicing spirituality. The growth in easterly activities as Yoga, meditation and Qi Gong are a true evidence of this. The new scientist and Western philosophers are highly inspired by the holistic view and ideas coming from ancient religion and philosophy. Einstein’s words on humanity and true religion speak to us in with a united voice. Einstein; A human being a part of the universe, as a part limited in time and space, we experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness, this delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting our personal desires and affections to a few persons nearest to us. Our task to free ourselves from the prison by widening our view and include all living beings with compassion is nature in its true beauty.  The value of a human being is determined by measure and the sense in. We shall need a substantially new way of thinking if humanity is to survive. Albert Einstein, 1954

We must take care of nature, as nature is God

Religions which claim they have the one and only God and do not accept other people opinion or religions are not freedom or about the environment protections. On a personal, level I talked  of different religions, and I accept their view. Nevertheless, as soon as the conversation lead to questions that I do not have any God since I am a Buddhist and therefore, cannot get forgiveness from God. I always end the discussion. Einstein, who was a Jew, could not accept religion in the form. He was presented it. He said; science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind. His famous aphorism has been the source of endless debate between believers and non-believers wanting to claim the greatest scientist of the 20th century as their own. The environmental crisis is a global truth. The environment is everything and when Einstein and Buddha talk about not killing any living beings, they include trees, vegetation  flowers, sea and mountain. All ecosystems are all related and liked. This connected world is a definition Albert Einstein stated. The environment which we all are a part of and included, speaks the truth; you are in my environment, and I am in yours. When somebody somewhere in the world is poisoning the water, he is, in fact, poisoning us as well.

Widening our compassion to survive

The one who possibly ever was close to understand The Theory of relativity was Buddha said Einstein. They both shared the same idea that everything connected and that nothing existed alone. Einstein believed also if of the human existence would survive, it sounds dramatic but Einstein understood that only by widening our compassion to include all life  will it be possible for humans survive in the future. The true value of a human being determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self is the value of living a life for others. Einstein believed that we should think solutions in a new manner. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive. Albert Einstein. I believe as Einstein stood for, only a strong common movement can make a real difference. A massive global movement that includes a higher level of spiritual development, and less human material progress can level out the unbalance we have today. Around 1994, I worked for a company who sold over 50 million pairs only in Europe. In 2000, we did a research into the future, mega trends 2000 and beyond.   The research gave us a warning and a wake-up call. I quote from the presentation; There will come from organizations, media and consumer a reaction to global brand exploitation of common resources and this will force us to produce environmental friendly clothing. A way that uses renewable resources, and that can be recycled and reused. Levi Strauss implemented sustainable design and life cycle management with focus on lowering the negative impact on the environment a few years later,

  • large companies exploitation of common global resources
  • A reaction from organizations and consumers
  • growing concerns of the environment
  • Green lifestyle is becoming significant
  • A need to produce garment in a sustainable way with less negative impact on the environment

The step Levi’s took, and they have continued is one of the great importance for other fashion and Jean’s brands, which are all following up supporting the green mega trend and lifestyle we see now. Levi’s is the biggest fashion brand in the world, and I know from experience that they do this with high standards and obligations. More Levis water-less jeans campaign Why should I care about the environment and use so much time on my blog, shouldn’t I focus on designing? I am designing now. The clothing design happens right now to write issues I care for. If nobody cares, it will simply be nothing to design, raw materials are vanishing every day.

Einstein believed in a global cosmic religion

Einstein talked about a common global religion: it should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology, covering both natural and transcendent, based on a religious sense arising from the experience all things natural and non-material as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description. If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.
Buddha pointed out; everyone needed to find their own truth; when truth is found follow it, wholeheartedly. However, watch out as there are many charlatans, referring to gurus and others who earn a lot of money on people’s uncertainty.

“The Environment is everything that isn’t me” Albert Einstein



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Kenneth Lyngaas
Sustainable fashion designer & eco-philosopher Sustainable fashion dedicated the twenty-first-century green living, design for change through system thinking, eco philosophy, spirituality, and sustainability.
Kenneth Lyngaas
Kenneth Lyngaas
Kenneth Lyngaas
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