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.
. . . → Read More: The New Climate Normal: Abrupt Sea Level Rise And Predictions Of Civilization Collapse, By Dahr Jamail
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
“Capitalism, it turns out, will not be abolished by forced-march techniques. It will be abolished by creating something more dynamic that exists, at first, almost unseen within the old system, but which will break through, reshaping the economy around new values and behaviours. I call this postcapitalism…”. – Paul Mason Zoran Opalic: Could we call it a Modern Soft Slavery/Communism? We live in a fluid phase of modernity, in which social forms are constantly changing at great speed, radically transforming the experience of being human…
. . . → Read More: The End Of Capitalism Has Begun, By Paul Mason
Living with life, as well as death in mind, means that we revel in beauty and joy. We create beauty, and we drink it in, in the form of art, music, poetry, and story. In addition, our hospice condition compels us to fall back in love with the Earth, or perhaps fall in love with it for the very first time. I use the term “Earth eroticism”to capture the delirious enchantment we must experience as we reconnect with this planet in the very moments when it and we are dying.
. . . → Read More: Global Warming: A Threat To Humanity (And All Living Beings), By Carolyn Baker
This book contains many proofs for Baker’s tenet that inner work is as important as outer work when preparing for collapse, but one in particular is my favorite. It’s an excerpt in which Baker reveals that while her methods have been called “too touchy-feely,” the same people who issue this dismissal often come back to her for help when their efforts to do things by other means have failed. For example, people who have disregarded her advice about improving their interpersonal skills have lived to regret it when intentional communities they’ve attempted to start have come to grief because of communication and conflict resolution issues.
. . . → Read More: Review Of “Love In The Age of Ecological Apocalypse,” By Frank Kaminski, Mud City Press
From my experience, conscious grieving has two consequences that the world has never needed more than it needs them in this moment: Gratitude and love. When I deeply connect with the reality of planetary ecocide and grieve it, I become unspeakably grateful for Earth, and I love it on a deeper level than I could have imagined. In other words, grieving is an act of generosity.
. . . → Read More: If We Have No Future, Why Grieve? By Carolyn Baker