The effects of climate change are all around us: permanent Arctic sea ice is melting ; killer droughts decimate
spring comes earlier everywhere ; BC pine forests have been ravaged by pine
beetles and thousands of jobs will be lost in our forest industry; the rivers of the Mekong Delta get
saltier and saltier..... and yet we do so little I think we
do - nothing. Particularly in . Canada we procrastinate
Climate change is caused by the burning of fossil fuels. We could phase out fossil fuels if we had the will.....
A paper published in Energy Policy in 2011 concluded that " barriers to 100 % conversion to wind, water and solar worldwide are primarily social and political, not technological or even economic. "I repeat " Barriers are social and political ....."
We could have, in the twenty years since the
And yet we do very little - so little that sometimes I despair and think we do nothing. We cannot translate our love of future generations - our own children - our own grandchildren - into collective action right now.
We lack empathy for those who suffer the effects of climate change in
I was astonished, befuddled, consternated, dumfounded, flabbergasted, and speechless that he didn't understand that we are all connected. That everything is interconnected - that every action we take affects the world and everyone in the world.
This is true at a physical level. To use a really cheering example, radioactive fallout doesn't stop at national borders - witness
. Sheep farmers in Chernobyl Cumbria
couldn't sell their lambs due to the radiocesium contamination in the
years after England .
A few farms continue to be affected to this
But interconnectedness isn't merely physical. It is true on an economic level - just think of the worries that
will dump everyone back into recession with a default on their bonds - and also true on a
spiritual level . Greece
The Dalai Lama states that, by neglecting others " we ignore the reality of our situation"
and ignore the " the interdependent nature of reality."
Curiously, denying climate change is more distressing and disempowering than acknowledging it. It takes a lot of energy to repress truth... ... or a lot of drink and drugs.
But - perhaps oddly - stating that climate change is real and that we live with an unprecedented disaster looming over us - is empowering.
And healing. Telling the truth - with loving kindness - shifts the Zeitgeist .
So. The truth.
We - we humans - exist in a time of ecological holocaust - created by ourselves. I don't think any words exist for the level of pain I feel - or the level of pain others feel. -when think of htis truth.
I weep due to this pain . Often. It is nearly unbearable.
But- oddly - this pain is good - in a way - it reminds me that I am a part of Gaia - it reminds me that I love this beautiful blue green world - and that I exist to give voice to her.
A tree once told me - yes, I said a tree told me - that, If we learn to love ourselves, other people, and Gaia, we will save ourselves. Gaia is a part of us - we are a part of her -we need her.
When we are healed of self hatred, we will be healed of world hatred.
What to do ? Love - more, more fully, more openly, more encompassingly...
This seems to be an appropriate time to meditate on increasing love in the world.
Please make yourself and let the tension drain from your body. Read the following out loud - gently.
May I be happy.
May I be well.
May I be free of suffering.
May I love myself - all of myself - with my whole heart.
May I accept myself.
May all living beings be free of suffering.
May I love all living beings - with my whole heart.
May we all love all living beings with our whole hearts.
May we accept all living beings as ourselves - not separate from us.
May this earth - this beautiful blue pearl - Gaia- be well. May she be happy.
May she be free of suffering.
May I love this earth - this Gaia - with my whole heart.
May we all love Gaia with our whole hearts.
May we accept Gaia as ourselves - not separate from us.
May all sentient beings be well .
May all sentient beings dwell in spacious equanimity -
May all beings dwell in love - inseparable from Gaia.
Take a moment to return to yourself.
When our values change - we will change our systems.
Martin Luther King said that
Martin Luther King said that
I say when we love ourselves, we will be able to love the world, and to create a velvet climate revolution.