Part 1: Why are we so slow to recognize the crisis of climate change?

Why is this country so slow at recognizing the crisis of climate change that is already showing its “scary face” in our country? Yes, I know there can be many answers to this question. There is the whole fossil fuel investment that is huge; there is the whole sense that we are somehow immune or protected from climate change’s effects – it’s happening somewhere else. (There have actually been studies that say our brains literally cannot cognize such disastrous events...

A Meeting in Tenderness

I recently was at a Deep Adaptation gathering in western Massachusetts. Deep Adaptation is based on the writings and talks of Jem Bendell who is a professor of Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cumbria in the United Kingdom. About three years ago, he took a sabbatical from his University work to grapple with the undeniable climate data – data that reveals it is very unlikely we are going to avert a climate or societal collapse of catastrophic proportions. From...

How did we get in such a mess?

A thought came this morning: if I sit long enough and not do anything, will I finally figure out how we got in such a mess? Will I be able to figure it out? Seen through different lenses, we can and do attribute the causes to a variety of reasons. One piece I read recently attributes this mess to the whole patriarchal mind set we have all incorporated, a mindset that is one of “them versus us”, of superiority and...

We Took So Much for Granted

We Took So Much for Granted We took so much for granted. So much was just a given. The trees, the bees, the fish in the sea, the air, the ocean rhythms …the seasons…clean water…and all the animals: the lizards, squirrels, birds, raccoons, the grand majestic animals…even the insects. They were always here and will always be here just like us humans. No, it’s not a given anymore – all that given is under question. We thought we could keep...

One thing you can do – the seventh in a series of short essays

Time to Care about our Planet One never knows for sure, but I think that when my time is up, I will probably go gentle into that good night. I won’t fight. However, in the meantime, regarding living and particularly regarding our planet earth in dire need of help, I certainly will not go gentle into that good night. I am not resigned. I am not like those images of trapped animals right before being slaughtered and bowing their heads...

One thing you can do – the sixth in a series of short essays

How Many People Really Get It? How many people really get it? I mean when you read the words, “We only have 12 years to save the planet,” it can so easily just sound like words and doesn’t really penetrate. It can sound like some new fantasy science fiction movie. Really? Can it be true that our only home is possibly doomed? And yet it’s true. I don’t mean we will all perish in 12 years, but it’s going to...

“One Thing You Can Do” – the fifth in a series of short essays

Uplifting the Spirit Anyone who is engaging with climate activism, no doubt, gets discouraged at times. It doesn’t mean that one stops engaging and responding, but because of how big and new this climate challenge is and how much resistance, avoidance and denial there is, it isn’t always easy to stay uplifted in spirit. When something does happen however, like the sunrise movement, there is an opening into hope and possibility, a renewal of spirit and desire to respond even...

“One Thing You Can Do” – The Fourth in a series of short essays

Responding in the Biggest Possible Way The New Deal was a response to the Great Depression of 1932.  Because the USA was in such dire straits, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, responded with policies and programs that were in many ways radical. It has been referred to as the 3 R’s –relief, recovery and reform. Relief for the poor and unemployed, recovery of the economy and reform of the financial system.   Fast forward to 2018, and we now have a...

“One Thing You Can Do” – the third in a series of short essays

Don’t Look Away Please don’t look away. If you only have one thing to do, look at a wonderful blog site like the Yale Climate Change Communications website (http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/) or Grist (https://grist.org/) where one can read articles on or in response to climate change, listen to  podcasts or watch a short video. Or one can read a book on climate that grabs your attention, and even if it gets difficult, keep reading it to the end. Don’t stop; don’t look...

“One Thing You Can Do” – the second in a series of short essays

Stop by Uli Nagel One thing we can do is to stop. Try not to turn away from the uncertainty of our human future. It’s easy to escape from the real, big picture. Even activism, I found, can be a way to escape: reminding friends to off-set their carbon footprint, practicing self-care, attending protests, donating to Greenpeace, riding my bike to work, inventing a new gadget. We are really busy and want to think we are doing our part. Yet,...