Whence cometh hope?

Whence Cometh Hope? In these very challenging times – I’m speaking particularly about our work with Climate change and the gigantic task of switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy and the urgency to do so – I have been thinking about hope in relationship to the actions we take. What keeps us going when it can seem rather futile in some ways; like will there be enough time to make a difference? Already the prognosis for the future is looking...

Looking into the heart of the next generation

Written by guest blogger Uli Nagel Looking into the Heart of the Next Generation Last Saturday I went to a gathering in Northampton entitled “Climate Change Action in a Time of Crisis.” As we wait to learn whether the new administration in Washington will do anything to help steer us towards a clean energy and stable climate future, more and more people are becoming engaged. The climate, unlike some other issues, does not allow us to wait out four years....

Where have all the lizards gone?

Where have all the lizards gone? Who would have thought that I’d ever be writing about lizards? Yes, I said lizards. Of all creatures, big and small, it’s not as if I’ve been particularly enamored of these small …and sometimes not so small beings… and yet they have entered my consciousness in a new way. Let me explain. I’ve been coming down to Florida for over 40 years as it was my mom’s home until a year and a half...

Making change happen

Written by guest blogger Uli Nagel Making Change Happen My friend Cheryl just ‘got’ a law. She told me the other day while we were out on a walk in brilliant winter sunshine, discussing what might be the right way or ways within our scope to respond to a Trump presidency. When I asked her how this came about, she told me that always being on the look out for making the world a better place, she had learned that...

Can we live sustainably?

Can we live Sustainably? Since getting involved with climate change, I’ve read or listened to some incredible people who have relentlessly explored and responded to our climate crisis over many years. One of the individuals I came across was British physicist, mathematician and chief science advisor to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change named Sir David JC MacKay who unfortunately died this past year of cancer at a relatively young age. I initially listened to his Ted Talk called...

Digging deeper into the silent response to climate change

Digging deeper into the silent response to climate change Once I started getting involved with Climate Change, which was only a little more than a year ago, I started to wonder why more people in our country were not also involved in some way or another. Of course because of my own lack of involvement for so long, on some level I did understand. Also because there are so many “causes” one can get involved in – or not  –...

Being with what is True

Written by my good friend and guest blogger, Uli Nagel Being with what is True When my friends heard that I was going to spend a lot of time working on climate change awareness, one of them asked me straight out: isn’t that very depressing? And a therapist asked: how do you deal with working on something that might not be successful or successful enough, the results of which you might never see? My friend’s question seems upside down to me....

The Quiet Birth of an Activist

The Quiet Birth of an Activist It’s been two weeks since learning about Donald Trump’s victory and for me the greatest concern (of course there are many) is his denial of climate change and how that will affect the small, but significant change that has been happening worldwide. I say small, because no action worldwide has been big enough yet to really reverse the carbon emissions and we are already heading for a rough ride, as James Lovelock would say. So...

And so I began…Part 2

And so I began…Part 2 As I step back from my self in writing on this blog post, I am aware that I am in a sense an interesting specimen. As someone who is starting quite late in life to get involved with a certain kind of activism, I find myself, on one hand, jumping into actions on the local and national level and at the same time I find, even after a year, that there is so much to...

And so I began…

And so I began… How did it happen that I am writing this blog, but more importantly, how did it happen that I have gotten involved with climate change after pursuing, living and giving my heart and soul to the spiritual journey? Initially I did a lot of meditation in mainly Buddhist settings; communities and retreat centers for ten years and then after meeting my guru, I gave my heart and soul and every cell in my body to him...