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Margaret Klein Salamon: Facing the Climate Emergency — Grieving The Future You Thought You Had

If humanity’s two choices are to transform or collapse, the only rational, moral choice is to immerse yourself in the struggle to protect all life.

June 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jill Richardson: Dealing with climate fear

If you feel powerless, remember that the biggest change you can make is to support leaders who think our planet is actually worth saving.

June 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chard deNiord: I stand beneath the mountain with an illiterate heart

The darkness of my sacred ignorance enlightens me.

June 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Bernd Brunner: Here’s to the lost art of lying down

The legendary Roman dining couch, known as the klinai, was made from wood or stone, covered with cloth, and designed for lying down. I sometimes wonder how comfortable it really was. Then again, since people 2,000 years ago weren’t acquainted with comfort in the modern, well-cushioned sense, they probably enjoyed it much more than we would today.

June 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Luke Kemp: Civilisational collapse has a bright past – but a dark future

Is the collapse of a civilisation necessarily calamitous? The failure of the Egyptian Old Kingdom towards the end of the 2nd millennium BCE was accompanied by riots, tomb-raids and even cannibalism.

May 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chard deNiord: Dispatch from Gaia

Mother’s cawing, “You must do what seems impossible now,
but you’ve done it before.”

May 12, 2019 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Suicide Watch on Planet Earth

As the Flames Began to Rise, the Arsonists Appeared. As Notre Dame burned, as the flames leapt from its roof of ancient timbers, many of us watched in grim horror. Hour after … Continue reading

April 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Frida Berrigan: Parenting the Climate-Change Generation

Young people across the world are striking to draw attention to the ravages of climate change. They are demanding — with their bodies and their voices — that the catastrophe each of them will inherit be a priority for the grown-ups around them.

March 15, 2019 · 3 Comments

Video: Drawings that show the beauty and fragility of Earth

Zaria Forman’s large-scale compositions of melting glaciers, icebergs floating in glassy water and waves cresting with foam explore moments of transition, turbulence and tranquility. Join her as she discusses the … Continue reading

March 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Adrie Kusserow: Anthropocene Lullaby

OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA Gone, Gone Beyond, Completely Beyond, Gone Beyond Gone . Hush humans, you can finally let it all go, the Anthropocene, Technocene, Thermocene Capitalocene, … Continue reading

February 20, 2019 · 27 Comments

Elizabeth West: Living Like It Matters — Silver Linings in the Very Dark Cloud of Climate Catastrophe

Death offers wise and consoling advice if you have the courage to listen. We actually do not have all the time in the world, so I am going to be … Continue reading

February 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Greta Thunberg: Act As If Our House Is on Fire. Because It Is.

“Adults keep saying: ‘We owe it to the young people to give them hope.’ But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.”

January 26, 2019 · 4 Comments

Charles Eisenstein: Why the Climate Change Message Isn’t Working

True, the Standing Rock movement failed to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, yet it revealed a tremendous latent power in that so many people were willing to go to such great lengths in defense of the sacred. What will be possible when that power is fully mobilized?

January 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Daniel R. Cobb: Time to Breathe

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that life has been far more stressful over these last… oh… two years?  The continuous meltdown in DC sends shockwaves around … Continue reading

December 28, 2018 · 5 Comments

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