In relation to the climate crisis …
A few resources and trainings that might help us to stay motivated in the face of so much intensely difficult news.
Despairing about the Climate Crisis? Read This
A conversation with scientist Susanne Moser about climate communication, the benefits of functional denial, and the varied flavors of hope.
These days, the relentless tide of bad news can take a toll on our mental health — and on our motivation to stay in the fight. How can we find that sweet spot between denial and despair?
“I’ve come to the conclusion we have very little hope literacy in this country, and in the world, actually. There are many different flavors of hope.
One is sometimes called grounded hope, active hope, or authentic hope. That’s where you are not at all convinced that there is a positive outcome at the end of your labors. It’s not like you’re working towards winning something grand. You don’t know that you’ll able to achieve that. But you do know that you cannot live with yourself if you do not do everything toward a positive outcome.
And then there’s ‘radical hope,’ a term coined by a man named Jonathan Lear, an anthropologist. With radical hope, you don’t know at all whether the outcome is positive or negative. Neither the means nor the ends are clear, and you have to reinvent yourself completely to come to peace with whatever that new future is. Between grounded hope and radical hope, that’s what we’re going to need for climate change.”
Not Too Late: Finding Hope in a Time of Despair
In relation to hope, this upcoming conversation between Rebecca Solnit and Roshi Joan Halifax should be interesting, as they both have spoken about hope very beautifully in previous books and talks.
It’s part of the Buddhism and Ecology Summit: Transforming Anxiety into Awakened Action organised by Tricycle magazine, a week-long event series 17–21 April 2023.
Conversations around confronting the climate crisis often focus on what we will lose in moving from an “age of abundance” to a time of austerity and scarce resources. But what about what we stand to gain in these times of transformation—and how we might challenge the ways that we are currently impoverished? Writer Rebecca Solnit, celebrated author and editor of the forthcoming book Not Too Late, and beloved Buddhist teacher Roshi Joan Halifax, a contributor to Not Too Late, explore the new realities we are facing at this time as well as the powerful possibilities before us—and how to manage our emotions through it all. As Rebecca writes: It is not too late. Join Rebecca and Roshi Joan, in conversation with Tricycle’s publisher Sam Mowe, to discover a radical view of transforming our sense of impoverishment to hope, connection, and faith in our shared future.
Caring for our Precious Earth
A series of online dhamma reflection sessions with James Baraz, Jean Leonard and Jeremy Logan
Saturdays 1:30-3:30 pm NZST 29 April, 27 June, 24 May
Many Buddhist practitioners will regularly ask themselves how to respond to the deepening climate emergency. As illustrated by Cyclone Gabrielle in New Zealand and massive fires, storms and floodings around the world, nowadays anyone can be directly affected.
How not to lose oneself in deep grief? How to balance concern and distress with a sense of personal wellbeing? What does Right Action look like in this context?
Wellington Insight Meditation sangha invites all to join us for this series
of Zoom events. After a meditation, a guest teacher will speak about their
personal experience in holding questions like the above. This will be followed by Questions & Comments, aimed at having a lively conversation.
For registration and any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrations close 21 April NZST
Not Too Late
#NotT00Late is a project to invite newcomers to the climate movement, as well as provide climate facts and encouragement for people who are already engaged but weary. We believe that the truths about the science, the justice-centered solutions, the growing strength of the climate movement and its achievements can help. They can assuage the sorrow and despair, and they can help people see why it’s worth doing the work the climate crisis demands of us.
A newsletter about staying sane in the climate crisis, Gen Dread is the first newsletter out there that shares wide ranging ideas for supporting emotional health and psychological resilience in the climate and wider ecological crisis.
Climate Crisis, Fragmentation and Collective Trauma
A powerful exploration with Bayo Akomolafe, Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq & Dr. Gabor Maté