I’m taking Derek Jensen’s advice to find a local patch and defend it. I’m taking Carne Ross’ advice (The Accidental Anarchist) that rather than protesting and petitions (which you do up to a point) it’s far better to set up the alternatives you want to see.
Whether it’s climate change or White supremacy, it’s not about changing one thing. It’s about changing everything, together.
All honest environmental activists will feel despair at some point. The solution isn’t to run from it, or repress it, or deny it. There’s only one way to deal with despair, and that’s to go though it. We have to feel our feelings. Despair can be a teacher. It can lead us to a greater wholeness, more compassion, and a deeper sense of purpose.
I’m not going to try to tell you where to focus your energy. But I will say this, if your choice is being motivated by a fear of despair, if you are fighting down a feeling of hopelessness, consider letting yourself feel it. Really feel it. Trust that there is wisdom in all of our feelings, even the dark ones, maybe especially the dark ones. And see where it takes you.
If your question is “How to we scale up sustainable ‘solutions’ so we can keep living the way we are?”, the answer is, “We don’t.”
This crisis could also be an opportunity. An opportunity for people to realize how interconnected we are. An opportunity to realize that caring for the least among us is actually an act of self-preservation. An opportunity for people to develop a new sense of responsibility for our neighbors.
1. No politicians.
3. Lots of people need these kinds of groups.
4. No, really. I mean it about the politicians.
What does a “civilizational collapse” look like? It looks like this. Here and now. It’s staring you right in the face.
An amazing article by lawyer, grief therapist, ritualist, and community builder, Holly Truhlar, about the complicity of mainstream psychology in the systems which are destroying our society and our planet.