Former Professor of History and Psychology, Carolyn Baker will be visiting Lexington for a public talk and full-day workshop on December 6th & 7th. Her most recent book - Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times – was released this month. “Collapsing Consciously articulates our current predicament of economic collapse, environmental degradation, and global conflict, yet, comments further on the confusion, anxiety, grief, anger, and despair we experience when examining the state of the world. Carolyn uses the power of myth, storytelling, drumming, and ritual to move us beyond the head and hand aspects of Transition to the deeper story it calls us to enter. Join to attempt a transformation from paralysis and powerlessness, to preparation and possibility.
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With catastrophic climate change we do know two things: We know that it is progressing with unimaginable speed, and we know that if it continues to do so, there will be few habitable places on earth by mid-century. Yet what else are we not being told? Does the silence matter? Will it make a difference ultimately? With Fukushima, however, we know so much less. How much radiation has already been released? How much is being released every day? How much radiated water is actually being dumped into the Pacific Ocean every day? What is the actual size of the radiation plumes that are moving eastward in the Pacific toward the West Coast of North America? Specifically how are these affecting sea life and human life? What is the relationship between environmental illnesses or the incidence of cancer and Fukushima? And the questions exacerbate and spin and swirl in our minds.
. . . → Read More: The Torture Of Not Knowing, By Carolyn Baker
In her book titles Carolyn Baker features such scary words as “demise,” “chaos” and “collapsing,” but her goal is mainly soul building. The stressful outer reality is a provocation. In Baker’s daily digest of challenging news (“Speaking Truth to Power”), she welcomes a whole range of “collapse-aware” writers, including those who predict “near-term extinction.” However, her main vision is that, in the course of growing up, humans will construct, sooner or later, a better society, and in any case will live intensely in the present. She is like the stern teacher with a heart of gold.
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The sanest response to our predicament is grief. In this video Francis Weller supports us in feeling our grief for the world and for our personal pain.
. . . → Read More: Welcoming Grief: A Short Video By Francis Weller
By popular request, Parts 1-5 of the recent “What Collapse Feels Like Series” have been condensed and reprinted here.
. . . → Read More: The Complete Series: “What Collapse Feels Like”, Parts 1-5
All radiation in Units 2, 3, and 4 may have already been released.
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Guy McPherson presents his latest compilation of climate science, DePauw University, Indiana, October, 2013
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The forces of life, including the ecosystem, are being transformed into forces of death. The monster Typhoon Haiyan is only one of the first tragedies. Nature and global elites seeking to exploit the planet’s last drops of blood and its repressed masses are joining to make the days of descent squalid and terrifying. And in this extremity we will have to find our place. There will come a time, if there is no radical change, when we too will be forced to choose how we will die, whom we will cling to, what we will risk. There will be no moral hierarchy to resistance. We will be pulled one way or another by fate and love. And these different routes of resistance will all be legitimate as long as we do not, as Edelman said, attempt “to survive at the expense of somebody else.”
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If we do manage to pull back from the abyss, or if enough of us survive the plunge, it will surely be because small groups of us have formed mutualistic communities for the express purpose of helping one another eke out a largely local living from a depleted planet Earth. We will be painfully aware, by then, that a sustainable lifestyle must involve subordinating our reproductive inclinations to the long-term well-being, not just of our own community, but of the larger ecological community on which our well-being depends. We will certainly understand that a global ecosystem is a sacred trust that demands our respect and, yes, our reverence. Finally, we will need the humility to understand that we need a healthy global ecosystem far more than it needs us, and that we need to invest at least as much of our treasure in husbanding that priceless natural legacy as in pursuing our own material well-being.
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