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Climate change a walk between hope and despair, Saxe says

Kingston Whig / Elliot Ferguson / 17 January 2019

The challenge of combating climate change is a stark choice between hope and despair, both of which have a role to play, Ontario’s environment commissioner says.

Speaking at the second annual Kingston Climate Change Symposium on Thursday, Dianne Saxe said human-made climate change is the most pressing challenge facing the planet.

But it was easy to give in to despair as Saxe outlined the impact of climate change, both today and forecast for the coming decades.

“Anyone who works on climate change walks a knife edge between hope and despair,” Saxe said during her keynote address to the second annual symposium. “A lot of people think climate change is about polar bears and something that is going to happen sometime. It is here.

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Scientists study climate change grief

Yahoo News / CP / 13 December 2018

Mental-health researchers around the world are taking notice of what people feel when the world they’ve always known changes gradually or suddenly from climate change. Some call it environmental grief, some call it solastalgia — a word coined for a feeling of homesickness when home changes around you.

The American Psychological Association has released a lengthy report into solastalgia. So has the British medical journal The Lancet. Australian farmers report rising levels of depression as their drought-stricken lands blow away. An international group of climate scientists maintain a website entitled Is This How You Feel?

House of Commons committees have discussed it. Health Canada is exploring the topic.

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Psychology of climate change: Why people deny the evidence

CBC News / Nicole Mortillaro / 02 December 2018

The message seems to be clear: Earth’s climate is rapidly changing as a result of human activity. So how is it that some people are still reluctant to acknowledge it?

According to some psychologists, there are a number of reasons, including the prevalence of deceptive or erroneous information about the topic […]

There’s something else that may be at play at the subconscious level that allows us to disregard the evidence that’s in front of us.

“A big part isn’t the experience; it’s the motivation,” said Paul Thagard, professor emeritus at the University of Waterloo’s Department of Philosophy, who specializes in cognitive science.

“Psychologists talk a lot about ‘motivated inference’ … when people have strong motivations, they’re very selective in the sort of evidence they look for.”

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Self-care essential to ­effective activism

The London Free Press / Craig and Marc Kielburger / 23 November 2018

Whatever your plan for changing the world, it needs to include steps for taking care of yourself.

It’s a lesson many advocates – ourselves included – learn the hard and exhausted way.

We were slow to discover the importance of scheduling “down time” into hectic travel schedules and wall-to-wall meetings as charity co-founders. We’d push hard for a cause, working all-nighters fuelled by coffee and dedication.

But unbridled passion isn’t sustainable.

Journalist and social activist June Callwood first told us the old adage that activism is a marathon, not a sprint. That stayed with us as our small group of activists grew into a large organization. We needed to strive for balance and sustainability.

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AI, fake images and crumbling trust in our narratives

Resource Insights / Kurt Cobb / 19 August 2018

In a piece I wrote in 2014 I opined, “If you want to corrupt a people, corrupt the language.” I added, “Once it becomes impossible to say the truth with the language we have, it will ultimately be impossible for us to adapt and survive.”

In that piece I was complaining about what I dubbed “oil Newspeak,” an Orwellian lexicon created by the oil industry to deceive policymakers, investors and the public.

Of course, back then I concerned myself only with words. But with the increasing power of artificial intelligence (AI) enhanced software which is now available to average computer users, practically anyone can alter and/or create images and audio recordings that seem real, but which are entirely concocted. It means that comedian Richard Pryor’s famous line—”Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?”—may very well morph from a joke into a serious question.

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Changemakers: Embracing hope, taking action …

New Society Publishers

With every news report, the world seems to be careening off the rails. It’s all too easy to slip into despair waiting for co-opted, self-serving governments to act.

The antidote to fear and despair is hope and action. We each hold the power to make personal changes that can drive local changes and cascade into large-scale social transformation.

This is the guidebook for ordinary people who want to create a new society now. The first section explores the idea of transformative change — what it is, what difference it makes, and how it is connected to learning.

The second section explores powerful new stories of everyday people who have challenged traditional understandings of food, shelter, energy, transportation, waste, and economics, and transformed aspects of their lives, their communities, and wider society.

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