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Gratitude

In our anxiety, self-loathing, struggle, and confusion, where can we find sanity? It is important to feel all these feelings yet not let anxiety and fear rule our entire reality. Gratitude is the way to stay centered. It can be a struggle to be happy because of everything we know. How can we give ourselves permission to feel okay as the world begins to crumble? Rising above our guilt and disappointment, we must remember to feel gratitude for being alive, and this is where grace...

Grief is the Measure of our love

Grief is the Measure of our love

Bland concrete and steel contrast with bright shiny advertisements - cars, cars, and more cars. What is this world we have created? We have arrived at the utopia of ease and convenience but is this convenience depleting our souls? As part of the living Earth, we witness the destruction and deep within us there is environmental grief. This is our connection to the damaged Earth - the environmental disasters, the de-evolution of the living biodiversity, the extinction. Some of us are spiraling...

Walk Away from the System Itself and Stand in Utter Defiance to It

Walk Away from the System Itself and Stand in Utter Defiance to It

In Nonviolent Rebellion with Roger Hallam, eco-journalist Chris Hedges talks to Extinction Rebellion co-found Roger Hallam about his recent book, “Common Sense for the 21st Century.” Telling us that “The science is unequivocal: if we do not radically reconfigure our relationship with the planet then we and most other species will become extinct,” Hedges continues: “This extinction is not happening in the distant future, it is happening now…. Even if we stopped all carbon emissions today, the...

Do Not Look Away: Entering the Bardo

Do Not Look Away: Entering the Bardo

Entering the Bardo - Emergence Magazine - Eco-philosopher and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy, drawing on the Deep Adaptation work of Extinction Rebellion founder Jem Bendell, urges us to recognize that, given the pace of the Great Unraveling (the ongoing collapse of living structures), we are heading toward economic and civilizational collapse. Macy talks about the new solidarity we’re discovering in our determination to move beyond the sick racism we’ve inherited – and tells us that, “When we...

REBEL REVIEWS: PLANET OF THE HUMANS

REBEL REVIEWS: PLANET OF THE HUMANS

There's been quite a bit of controversy over the recent documentary Planet of the Humans by Jeff Gibbs and Michael Moore. The film has been rejected by many wholesale, because of its take-down of Bill McKibben and 350, and because of inaccurate or out-of-date accounting of the latest renewable technology. Many others deride their focus on overpopulation without also pointing out the racist attitudes of those who saw the problem this way in the past. I will address these three concerns—I think...

WHY CLIMATE MOVEMENTS MUST STAND WITH GEORGE FLOYD

WHY CLIMATE MOVEMENTS MUST STAND WITH GEORGE FLOYD

Why climate movements must stand with George FloydAs the demonstrations rage on following the police murders of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks, there’s a question all climate rebels and campaigners should be asking: “Are these protests our cause too?” The answer is an emphatic “Yes” and we urge the burgeoning climate movements to act on that right now. This is not just a moral imperative. It’s a strategic and pragmatic necessity. Here’s...

ACT NOW: THE UPRISINGS FOR BLACK LIVES & CLIMATE CHANGE

ACT NOW: THE UPRISINGS FOR BLACK LIVES & CLIMATE CHANGE

Photo by munshots on Unsplash The facade is crumbling. The uprisings against police brutality in American cities across the country are being violently repressed with eerie, vicious similarity. Unemployment is at 25%, the highest level since the Great Depression. Our national politics is in shambles. The broken systems of our decadent civilization require more and more energy to maintain, even as fewer and fewer people are served by them.Amid all the chaos of our present breakdown, climate...

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