Discovering Extinction Rebellion (XR) meant I no longer felt utter despair when looking at the news. Other people cared. Other people weren’t numbed out. They were stepping out of their comfort zones and interrupting business as usual in London (and, eventually, elsewhere).
Sometimes, before XR, I would let myself feel the utter terror of what climate and ecological breakdown might bring. Would bring.
And so I was seduced by the idea of a simple answer to the question: what should I do? XR seemed to have an answer. …
How does the exclamation, “It’s urgent!” land in your body? Does it bring up a panic response? Does it make you think you need to drop everything and attend to something? Is there time to think about alternatives, time to think things through?
What if, a very long time ago, many generations before you were born, something quite bad happened to your people and a trauma response was passed down through genes and wombs? A trauma response so strong that you, like your ancestors, have trouble distinguishing between matters that need attending to immediately, in this moment (because something really…
In the climate change field, people often talk about “giving up hope” or “feeling hopeless”– or even “feeling hopeful.” What are we talking about? What, exactly, are we hoping for?
Do those of us in the climate change field (or: sector, industry, movement) — do we have an implicit agreement about what we mean? Is the hope that we can continue our lifestyles the way they are? That a “green” solution will be found? Or perhaps people are giving up hope that such a solution will be found.
Let’s unpack this a bit. …
“No Justice on a Dead Planet” reads a popular placard at recent climate protests.
But is it true?
On face value, yes. There can be no justice for humans if humans aren’t alive.
But the implication of the placard is that justice can wait (or must wait, even)… until we sort out the climate change mess.
This is debatable. And the debate is winnable.
The Definition of Insanity
During my seven years as Education for Sustainable Development Project Coordinator for the Higher Education Academy (2005–2012), we funded numerous innovative and lovingly-developed courses and projects. …
So many things about climate change make us feel uncomfortable. Shall we list some of them?
We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 days a hug for growth. – Virgina Satir
We’re going for 12 per day, okay? Here’s how (amend as necessary):
Smile and say to the bus driver, “Hello! Good morning!”
Can that really help to avoid a bus crash?
If our brain works better when we’re relaxed and happy, then a bus driver will be better able to cope with challenging situations on the road, challenging situations on the bus, when s/he is having good experiences.
Besides, ask yourself: Is it useful to believe that not smiling at the bus driver is a good way to promote safer driving on the roads?
Next step: Apply this to every other relationship in your life.
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We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 days a hug for growth. — Virgina Satir
Men don’t do things by halves, so we’re going for 12 hugs per day. Here’s why:
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