Everything in our lives involves some kind of relationship—every interaction, every behavior, every thought or feeling we have. In fact, as Richard Rohr, author of Immortal Diamond writes, “All of creation is relationship.” Carolyn Baker’s forthcoming, 2015 book Love In The Age of Ecological Apocalypse: Cultivating The Relationships We Need To Thrive, discusses 16 of the myriad relationships humans are capable of forming and demonstrates why they are crucial at this time in our evolution. As catastrophic climate change threatens to eliminate many species, including our own, our relationships may determine how we live our lives and what we value most when we are surrounded with loss and confronted with the possibility of our own demise. This online, interactive course will reveal how we can utilize some of those relationships to help us personally thrive and collectively serve other living beings in an era of decline. We will explore five of those relationships, and will include guest speakers who are known for their expertise on one of the five topics.
No one who truly reads this book will ever be the same afterwards. Whether you agree in the end with its drastic and shocking conclusions is, of course, up to you; the very fact that such a book, outlining the case for the coming extinction of life on earth, could be written at all – . . . → Read More: Foreword To “Extinction Dialogues,” By Andrew Harvey
As we slide now into flu season, into a time of year when we are normally braced for winter diseases, colds, flus, sick days and cancelled plans, the American people has also now been truly exposed to another disease entirely: the excruciating truth about our health care system’s dysfunction — and the prognosis doesn’t look good.
What do we call this time? It’s not the information age: the collapse of popular education movements left a void filled by marketing and conspiracy theories. Like the stone age, iron age and space age, the digital age says plenty about our artefacts but little about society. The anthropocene, in which humans exert a major impact on the biosphere, fails to distinguish this century from the previous 20. What clear social change marks out our time from those that precede it? To me it’s obvious. This is the Age of Loneliness.
. . . → Read More: The Age Of Loneliness Is Killing Us, By George Monbiot
We are all witnesses to the Great Dying, a sixth mass extinction, the last one being 65 million years ago which wiped out the dinosaurs. This is not hyperbole; it is a defining feature of our age.
. . . → Read More: Bearing Witness To The Great Dying, By Kenn Orphan
“Many indigenous peoples have a pact with mother Earth that said we would hold on to the principles of thriving life, and that one day the world would turn back and come to us again,” she says. “To be ready for that, we must also go through our grief in order to truly be able to come back into alignment of our mind, body and spirit.”
When hope is used to reject reality, this is called denial, and denial usually has a darker side than the (fertile and therefore rejuvenating) darkness it initially resisted. When we accept the dark and difficult side of side of life, the experiences that are not rosy and peaceful, we give ourselves an opportunity to undergo transformation, a transformation that can deliver us in earnest to a new level of fulfillment, integration, and therefore healing.
. . . → Read More: Earth Changes: Eruptions, Adjustments, And Love, By Jack Adam Weber
The single greatest truth underlying the Ebola tragedy is that humanity is systematically dismantling the ecosystems that make Earth habitable.
. . . → Read More: Ebola A Symptom Of Ecological And Social Collapse, By Glen Barry
We are in uncharted territory with the Ebola virus disease (EVD). The last time we had a plague that was this deadly was the Black Death in the 14th century, when there were only 450 million people in the world. That pandemic killed 30% to 70% of the population. There is no benchmark for EVD, which kills 3 out of 4 people it touches, and is emerging into a global population of 7 billion.
. . . → Read More: Uncharted Territory For A System In Overshoot, By Mary Odum
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