By Caitlin Gibson, The Washington Post, February 14, 2020 I n the midst of a winter that hasn’t felt much like one, as the coldest temperatures retreated to the highest latitudes, Jedediah Britton-Purdy carried his 5-month-old son, James, outside their home in New York City to bask in the unseasonable warmth. As a professor of environmental law at Columbia University, Britton-Purdy was acutely aware of the ominous implications of the city’s record highs. As a new father, what was there to do...
It can be hard for us outsiders to battle "disaster fatigue." Still, 21 days after the disaster, which was well predicted 10 days before that (a month ago, in total) -- and we can not figure it out? People are still waiting in line hours: "What I got was 3 bottles of water and 4 cans of Pringles." Most with no sanitation, no power, no running water, no cell communication, one thousand, five-hundred roads out -- "What are you going to do today, t.o.d.a.y.?" is never answered.
Through memoir, reportage and narrative non-fiction, Generation Dread examines wide raging mental health impacts of the ecological crisis, creative coping strategies for living more comfortably amidst profound eco-distress, what can be done to exercise flexible thinking about the future, and why we ought to be aware of psychological defences that prevent action.
Like Kintsugi, the Japanese pottery tradition that mends broken shards with golden lacquer, movements toward repair of these various ruptures can create stronger ‘containers’ for the pain of individuals and communities and help us move toward essential action.
In this talk, Sarah Ray, Chair and Professor of Environmental Studies at Cal Poly Humboldt, will discuss the interior resources we need to cultivate in order to show up resourced for this moment of climate disruption and injustice.
Dr. Ripple and colleagues advocate massive-scale mobilization to address the climate crisis, including much more progress on the six steps of climate change mitigation – in areas of energy, short-lived pollutants, nature, food, economy, and population.
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