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Helping my daughter face climate change with an open heart

Yes! Magazine / Chris Moore-Backman / 04 December 2017

Gazing into the smoke, my daughter seated beside me, I considered the stark difference our awareness of global warming created between my childhood and hers. And I felt a deep anxiety stir in my belly.

What happens to a child’s psyche, I asked myself, as she gradually absorbs the knowledge that our planet is warming at a terrifying rate and to an unimaginably dangerous degree, then quietly observes the adults in her life, particularly those most responsible for caring for and protecting her, doing the very things that are causing the emergency? What happens as she observes the mundane spectrum of everyday life in the United States amid climate chaos: as dad pulls the car up to the pump, as mom comes home from the airport after a business trip, as the family sits down to another meat and factory farm-based dinner, iPhones at the ready and the thermostat cranked to 70?

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The Community Resilience Reader

Post Carbon Institute / 05 October 2017

The Community Resilience Reader offers a new vision for creating resilience through essays by leaders in varied fields including science, policy, community building, and urban design. It describes the environmental, economic, energy, and equity challenges we face, the essential tools of resilience science, and the wisdom of activists, scholars, and analysts working with community issues on the ground. The result is a holistic, accessible book that will inspire readers and provide them with the tools for creating resilience at the community level.

We are so excited about this new project and enjoyed the incredible opportunity to work with inspirational experts on a variety of topics including:

  • Six Foundations for Building Community Resilience
  • The Needs of Humanity Versus the Limits of the Planet
  • The Limits of 20th Century Economics and Growth
  • The True Costs of Extractive Capitalism
  • Does Human Nature Drive Us Toward Collapse?
  • Systems Literacy: A Toolkit for Purposeful Change
  • Pulling It All Together: Resilience, Wisdom, and Beloved Community
  • Building Community Resilience at the Water’s Edge
  • Beyond Waste: Sustainable Consumption for Community Resilience

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Personal tools for these times

Peak Moment TV / 09 July 2017

Dean Spillane-Walker and Carolyn Baker are offering “Living Resilience,” an online body of resources, workshops and a supportive space for sharing inspiration, learning, and community. They support participants to reconnect with their deeper wisdom, with one another, and with the Earth in the context of the unfolding global environmental and economic crises.

Invest in the highest value asset: Personal skills

The Daily Bell / Joe Jarvis / 16 June 2017

That’s what this world needs: skills. Raw resources are useless without the skill to properly apply them.

There are skills for financial gain, skills for personal gain, and skills for a backup plan. Most of them overlap; something once a hobby can become a career, for instance becoming a tennis instructor. Or a skill that is a “backup plan” can become the bread and butter in an emergency, like keeping bees or growing a garden.

Tangible assets are a needed hedge when it seems everything–the stock market, real estate, bonds–are overvalued or in a bubble. A good useful skill is as tangible an asset as they get. And unlike resources, a skill cannot so easily be taken from you.

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What about the kids? Conversations on parenting in dark times

Common Dreams / Elizabeth West / 07 May 2017

It is entirely possible that things will unfold in a manner none of us can foresee and if that happens, then we will have to be nimble and respond accordingly. No guarantees, no promises. We are in uncharted waters and not only is there no easy answer for the collective, but we must all find our own way, both in this limbo time, when for many of us, things continue pretty much as before, and in the years ahead, as the status quo collapses.

This time becomes exponentially more difficult for those who have children and grandchildren, those who love individual kids and hold them close in their lives. It is one thing to contemplate the breakdown of natural and social structures known throughout our lives, to allow oneself to consider—and to grieve—the destruction of so much of the planet and those, human and not, who have made it their home. It is another thing altogether to feel into the suffering, the loss and the violation of hopes and dreams that likely await many children, those who have yet to really begin to live their lives.

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Study: Believe you can stop climate change and you will

phys.org / University of Warwick / 04 May 2017

“Often climate change messages try to persuade the public by increasing belief that climate change is real, or through fear of its dire consequences. But mere belief in climate change is not enough, and fear can backfire if we feel helpless and overwhelmed.

“It is vitally important that individuals appreciate the impact and value of their own actions for us to make a meaningful change as a whole.”

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