Most of these kinds of lists focus on changing your consumer habits, and therefore leave the underlying structure of capitalist society unexamined. This list goes beyond the usual suggestions to change light bulbs or take shorter showers. Instead, the focus was on collective action working toward radical social change.
Mary’s words are a beautiful expression of prefigurative politics, the idea that we have to be the change that we want to see in the world, with application far beyond Christianity and formal religion generally.
A timely reminder from Ethyl Ruehman that self-care is not just practical, but an integral part of an ecological worldview.
Like a patient with a terminal disease, knowing that we will die can cause our love for the world to broaden and deepen. Knowing that our relationships won’t last forever can cause us to cherish them even more. And what do we do for the people we love and will lose? We try to deepen our connections with them in the time we have left. We try to lessen some of their suffering and increase some of their joy. And we consider what will be our lasting mark on the world.
“What if our challenge now is to build a series of smaller visions, focused less on the future and more on the present; less on the sky and more on the ground?”
It’s just slow work. Those of us who can should do what we can–building refuges, protecting what we can protect, telling the stories we can tell–without any expectation that it’s going to lead to a quick world-changing solution.
“A true revolution, not a fast one, not a quick one, not a fashionable one, but a real fucking revolution, is at its core, spiritual.”
My preferred medium is the long-form creative non-fiction essay.
“My years in green activism have shown me that false hope is worse than no hope and that ineffective action leads only to despair, particularly if frantic movement is a substitute for facing up to the realities of our limited powers.”
“The nature of this earth is change. The nature of this earth is endings. The nature of this earth is extinction.”