Vast areas of Earth have been degraded by human activity… We have the knowledge, tools and experience to restore degraded landscapes on a global scale. Ecosystem Restoration Camps is a movement to apply this knowledge through direct action in order to reverse ecological destruction and create a healthy future for our planet. (6-minute video)
“There’s a famous story that Robert Bly tells about Carl Jung who, whenever a friend reported enthusiastically, “I have just been promoted!” Jung would say, “I’m very sorry to hear that; but if we all stick together, I think we will get through it.” On the other hand, if a friend arrived depressed and ashamed, saying, “I’ve just been fired,” Jung would say, “Let’s open a bottle of wine; this is wonderful news; something good will happen now.”
Now this may seem like backwards thinking to the rational mind, but to the soul it makes wonderful sense. These kinds of promotions set the ego into inflation, believing itself to have finally been recognized as the supreme ruler it was meant to be! The ego thrives on the belief that it is in control and it doesn’t like to think that it might lose its ascendancy. But in those moments of trembling loss, it is forced to face its smallness.
Jung wrote, “… the experience of the Self is always a defeat for the ego.” Indeed, in those initiations by illness, loss or depression, when we are dragged into the underworld to pass through the gates of intensifying vulnerability, we are being stripped of our outer world clothing, prepared for to meet the Divine.
We’ve all had those dreams of losing our wallet or purse, which contains our “identity” and money – a symbolic “self worth” – and this is where the ego panics; it says, “Who am I without these things?” And it is right to be struck with fear, because there is a greater Self who finally has a chance at being encountered now with the ego demoted, but it will require your willingness to be wholly disoriented for a while.
Just as there are times on a winding walk when you can not the see the road ahead, so too will you lose visibility on your soul’s unfolding.
If you can find solace in your surrendering to that groundlessness, there is a pleasure possible in this depth of not-knowing, where creativity can use you as a vessel and, for a moment, you can know real freedom in your acquiescence to the numinous.” ~ Toko-pa Turner
Artwork by Chris Delorenzo
A frank discussion with Regenerate Costa Rica’s Eduard Müller about what humanity needs to do, and why we have thus far failed to do it, as we head into the Sixth Planetary Extinction….
“Our planet is collapsing first due to a loss of biodiversity and second due to fertilizer use. Biological diversity was very important in the ‘90s, and then it just faded away, and climate change is now what everyone is focused on. The Paris Agreement is at the forefront of that. Meanwhile fertilizer use is not even on the radar in all of these pronouncements we see coming out of the United Nations. The third planetary boundary that we have exceeded is land use, which is inextricably related to agriculture. So climate change as a critical issue is really just in fourth place. That’s why I’ve always preferred to talk about global change, and not only climate change.
“We are experiencing the Sixth Planetary Extinction, and the difference from the others is it’s the first time we have so much science to back it up. We know exactly how we are going to disappear but we’re not using that information. There’s so much data, so much information. What we have lost is the ability to transform that data, information, and knowledge into wisdom.
“So we know we need to bring atmospheric CO2 down to below 350 parts per million. If we don’t do it, we won’t make it. I know people in the northern hemisphere have the expectation that they’ll invent a machine that pulls CO2 out of the atmosphere. But we can’t wait. We already have the best machines to do it, which are plants. These machines actually made our planet habitable millions of years ago. Plants pulled CO2 out of the atmosphere, and created conditions for other life. So why not go back to them, instead of continuing to destroy them with traditional agriculture?
“We have two billion severely degraded hectares of land around the planet. We have the resources and money is available to increase the soil carbon sequestration capacities of those hectares by 2 or 3 percent within the next five years. Those resources and money are just not being channeled into the right direction. We don’t need 50 years to do it. If we had 10 percent of what the US spends on military every year we could bring the planet back to 350 or even 300 parts per million. It’s something that is doable, and it’s doable very quickly because we have the people on the ground. We don’t have to bring experts from around the world.”
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Photo: The Agua y Paz (Water and Peace) Biosphere Reserve, a region characterized by both mountainous areas and areas of lakes, flooded forests and swamps, is among the areas that the Costa Rica Hub is working to regenerate. Credit: Eduard Müller
“Each and every one of us makes a difference, each and every day. And we have a choice. What kind of difference are we going to make?” ~ Jane Goodall (beautifully poignant 6-minute video)
“Dr. Gail Bradbrook, a mother of two boys, has seen enough of her government’s complicity in pumping increasing amounts of CO2 and methane into an already overburdened atmosphere.
“A professor of molecular biophysics, her deep understanding of science has led her to confront the existential crisis facing humans. Acting on her love for her children and the disrupted world that is being left to them, she has channeled her horror about this crisis into action.
“Dr. Bradbrook co-founded the group Rising Up!, which is now helping to organize the Extinction Rebellion, a movement composed of several thousand people across the UK that is using nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience to demand action on our climate emergency.
“Bradbrook devoted herself to learning about economics and theories of change. She knew the system had to be changed before it killed us all, but for nearly a decade she repeatedly failed in her attempts to inspire or ignite a mass civil disobedience movement.
“A “rebellion” might sound extreme, but given the times, it is not. This moment has been long in the making for Dr. Bradbrook. Truthout asked what compelled her to the point of fomenting a rebellion against her government. Was it the climate crisis, or government inaction?
“Something deeper,” Dr. Bradbrook replied. “A lifetime of a deeper knowing that something isn’t right…starting at age nine, a longing to be part of the change process and a ridiculous nerdy side that is always asking why? Why is [the state of the planet] like this?”
““So in 2016 I went on a deep retreat to address personal anxiety and to pray for guidance,” she explained. When she returned, Dr. Bradbrook galvanized the Extinction Rebellion.
“In order to create a political crisis, Dr. Bradbrook believes mass civil disobedience must involve roughly three percent of her country’s population. She believes it’s possible to build such a coalition, because the kind of changes that Extinction Rebellion is advocating for would ultimately benefit everyone. The by-products of forcing governments around the world to take drastic actions to mitigate the climate crisis at hand are a more beautiful Earth, deeper connections and less frenetic lives.
“I think that the changes needed will also resolve many other issues we are facing,” Bradbrook explained. “That is why I call for those working in other fields to join this movement…there is a time for mass civil disobedience to change the system and I feel it has arrived.””
Read the full story by Dahr Jamail….
One of the great activists and spiritual teachers of our era, Joanna Macy, brings a hopeful message: If we can free ourselves from the delusions and dependencies bred by the “industrial growth society,” something wonderful can happen. If we manage to steer clear of panic, we may well find, at last, the wild power of our creativity and solidarity. (starts at 6.20)
Introduction by Nina Simons, Co-Founder of Bioneers.
“US ACADEMIC and activist Noam Chomsky is among 100 eminent people to sign a global call to arms on climate change.
“The open letter published today, written by representatives of Extinction Rebellion (XR), calls on concerned global citizens to “rise up and organise” against the “current complacency” over ecological and climate emergency.
“About 50 British academics, politicians and campaigners have signed the letter along with figures from the US, Australia, Benin, France, New Zealand, Ghana and other countries.
“It states that international political organisations and national governments must prioritise the climate-emergency issue immediately and urgently draw up “comprehensive policies” to address it.
“The letter calls for conventionally privileged nations to voluntarily fund environmental protection policies in impoverished nations, action to avoid risk of hunger through investment in extreme-weather-resistant food production, an urgent summit on saving the Arctic icecap and more.”
Read the full story by Ceren Sagir….
Photo: Jeanbaptisteparis/Creative Commons