Never in the history of our species have we so desperately needed to engage in conscious grieving. Not only are we carrying decades of our own grief, but we almost certainly are carrying the grief of past generations and the grief of other species. In fact, I believe that other species are asking us—perhaps even begging us to grieve their losses. When he is able to grieve, says Weller, his ability to feel this planetary pain “puts me back in a profound state of relatedness to where I live, to the watershed, to my home.” (143-144) Some may assume that given the state of the planet, grieving is pointless. Yet The Wild Edge of Sorrow asserts that, “…we have to keep some sense of our deep soul obligation to the planet alive, no matter if we are leaving. I feel it is an imperative that I do whatever I can to register the sorrows of the planet. We have to remember that much of the grief that we are feeling isn’t ours. It isn’t personal. We are literally feeling the sorrows of the watershed.” (143-144) In fact, the entire Earth community has a right to our bearing witness to their losses.
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Reposted from Rolling Stone
Historians may look to 2015 as the year when shit really started hitting the fan. Some snapshots: In just the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India each killed more than 1,000 people. In Washington state’s Olympic National Park, the rainforest caught fire for the first time . . . → Read More: The Point Of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here, By Eric Holthaus
The Nuclear Age has grown far more lethal and insidious than at the first test of the first bomb at Trinity in Central New Mexico on July 16, 1945. The tens of thousands of nuclear weapons that have been stockpiled by 9 nations around the world will not decrease anytime soon. Meanwhile, more than 400 nuclear power plants on this planet rapidly age and grow more threatening to public health with every passing day. While many organizations and individuals crusade against nuclear weapons and nuclear power, and while we need the voices of people like Helen Caldicott, Harvey Wasserman, and Arnie Gundersen, what this tragedy is asking from us and has been for seven decades is deep, conscious grieving. As “Griefwalker,” Stephen Jenkinson states, what is most needed and where we ultimately find sanity is in becoming skilled practitioners of grief.
. . . → Read More: On The Tail Of Enola Gay: What On Earth Am I Doing Here? By Carolyn Baker
The new normal is that there is no longer any “normal.” The new normal regarding climate disruption is that, for the planet, today is better than tomorrow.
Being happy is about feeling good. Meaning is derived from contributing to others or to society in a bigger way.
. . . → Read More: Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness, By Emily Eshfahani Smith
In early July, I asked Truthout readers to share the weather anomalies they are witnessing on their home turf. Large numbers of readers responded with a range of harrowing observations, from vanishing snow, to shifts in seasons, to skyrocketing temperatures, to wildfires and floods. People often conceptualize climate disruption in very theoretical terms – as if it is a phenomenon that will take place in the future. However, as the Truthout community knows, the impacts of planetary warming are very real – and they are happening now.
. . . → Read More: Mourning The Changes That Surround Us: Readers Speak Out, By Dahr Jamail
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