“Two months after what was reportedly the largest international climate demonstration ever, young people around the world are expected to make history again on Friday with a second global climate strike.
“In recent weeks, grassroots climate protests have successfully pressured some government leaders into officially recognizing the climate crisis and pledging to take action. Lawmakers in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales officially declared a climate emergency in the wake of mass protests by the global movement Extinction Rebellion in April.
“”Activism works. So act,” Thunberg tweeted this week, sharing a video featuring young people who plan to walk out of their schools on Friday.”
““Can you hear me?” Greta Thunberg asks the 150 members and advisers in the U.K. Houses of Parliament. She taps the microphone as if to check if it’s on, but the gesture is meant as a rebuke; she’s asking if they’re listening. She asks again later in her speech. “Did you hear what I just said? Is my English O.K.? Is my microphone on? Because I’m beginning to wonder.” There is laughter, but it’s unclear if it’s amused or awkward. Thunberg is not smiling. She’s here to talk climate; a catastrophe is looming, her generation will bear it, and she knows whom to blame. “You did not act in time,” she declares.
“Castigating the powerful has become routine for the 16-year-old. In December, she addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Poland; in January she berated billionaires at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Her London speech was the last stop of a tour that included meeting the Pope. (“Continue to work, continue,” he told her, ending with, “Go along, go ahead.” It was an exhortation, not a dismissal.)
“Just nine months ago, Thunberg had no such audiences. She was a lone figure sitting outside the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm, carrying a sign emblazoned with Skolstrejk for Klimatet (School Strike for Climate). She was there for a reason that felt primal and personal.
““I promised myself I was going to do everything I could do to make a difference,” she says.
“Inspired by the survivors of February 2018’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla., she began a weekly schoolwork strike every Friday, turning to social media to implore politicians to support and take steps toward halting carbon emissions. Since the U.N. Climate Change Conference in December, Thunberg’s Twitter following has grown by nearly 4,000% to reach 612,000; many have also followed her lead offline, striking to demand change. “Before, I never really spoke when I was in my lessons or with my classmates,” she told me shortly after her London speech. “But now I am speaking to the whole world.”
“The world is listening. As well as spreading across Europe, the U.S. and Australia, students in Global South countries experiencing severe effects of climate change such as Brazil, Uganda and India have taken action too, following Thunberg’s lead. In the words of Parkland student Emma González, Thunberg’s way of “inspiring steadfast students and shaming apathetic adults” has turned her single idea into a worldwide movement.
“As the movement has attracted attention, Thunberg’s life has been transformed. “When I grow up, I want to be able to look back and say that I did everything I could,” she says. “I think that more people should feel like that.””
In this first podcast produced by Olivier Mythodrama, our host Robin Alfred interviews Andrew White, Associate Dean for Executive Education at Oxford Saïd Business School.
Our first podcast explores many aspects of the climate change debate and how it will affect industry around the world. Robin and Andrew discuss the economics of sustainable technologies and different business climate change initiatives.
They explore the characteristics of leadership within organisations who are future proofing against climate change and ask how companies can help vision the future of sustainability.
Other topics include how leaders can be brave and help define their organisation’s purpose by developing systems for the future and bringing people together for action.
- Is knowledge of climate change enough?
Are leaders moving fast enough?
Where does the catalyst start?
Andrew acts as a consultant to a number of global organisations and has co-authored a review of how information technology will create intelligent infrastructure systems over the next few decades for the UK Government’s Department of Trade and Industry.
“I see a lot of encouraging signs that civilization is returning to an understanding of a living Earth. One of the most hopeful is the permaculture and regenerative agriculture movement, which is not anymore about how do we extract what we want from the land, but how do we take care of the soil and how do we take care of the community of life, knowing that if we do that, it will take care of us too? But really oriented, not just on yields or what we can measure, but it is very much grounded in participation in a system larger than ourselves that is itself alive. It is not only a community of life – it is also alive in and of itself.” ~ Charles Eisenstein
Interview by Pachamama Alliance in support of The Sacred Headwaters Initiative.
“As you move through these changing times… be easy on yourself and be easy on one another. You are at the beginning of something new. You are learning a new way of being. You will find that you are working less in the yang modes that you are used to.
“You will stop working so hard at getting from point A to point B the way you have in the past, but instead, will spend more time experiencing yourself in the whole, and your place in it.
“Instead of traveling to a goal out there, you will voyage deeper into yourself. Your mother’s grandmother knew how to do this. Your ancestors from long ago knew how to do this. They knew the power of the feminine principle… and because you carry their DNA in your body, this wisdom and this way of being is within you.
“Call on it. Call it up. Invite your ancestors in. As the yang based habits and the decaying institutions on our planet begin to crumble, look up. A breeze is stirring. Feel the sun on your wings.”
Thank you to Culture Collective for sharing!
“Look with your eyes, but see with your heart. A vast inheritance awaits you in the wise counsel of your relatedness.”
In a time of visual over-saturation, the act of beholding has become gravely endangered. At the risk of adding more visual content to our already rapidly flashing screens, I offer what I hope serves as some small antidote in BEHOLD.
While I love time-lapse photography as it uniquely and exquisitely renders the aliveness of the Earth and cosmos, as a process it deepens me in my relation to the spirit of a place. I experience it as a genuine opportunity to more than just see but to behold (and to be beheld).
All filmed within 18 miles of where I live in Ashland, Oregon on the Sony A7Riii. In 4K.
“….let me speak of extending the ceremonial mind to the realm of environmental policy and practice. That means to do right by each place on Earth, to understand it as a being, and to know that if we treat each place and species and ecosystem as sacred that we will invite the planet into sacred wholeness as well.
“In a ceremony, everything matters and we attend to every detail. As we approach ecological healing with a ceremonial mind, more and more becomes visible for our attention. As science reveals the importance of formerly invisible or trivialized beings, the scope of the ceremony expands. Soil, mycelia, bacteria, the forms of waterways… each demands its place on the altar of our agricultural practices, forestry practices, and all relationships with the rest of life. As the subtlety of our causal reckoning deepens, we see for example that butterflies or frogs or sea turtles are crucial for a healthy biosphere. In the end we realize that the ceremonial eye is accurate: that environmental health cannot be reduced to a few measurable quantities.
“Ceremony sets the tone for each act and word being aligned with what one truly is, what one wants to be, and the world in which one wants to live.
“Ceremony offers a glimpse of a sacred destination, the destination of:
Every act a ceremony.
Every word a prayer.
Every walk a pilgrimage.
Every place a shrine.”
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“Scientists once ridiculed the idea of a living planet. Not anymore.
“If Earth breathes, sweats and quakes — if it births zillions of organisms that ceaselessly devour, transfigure and replenish its air, water and rock — and if those creatures and their physical environments evolve in tandem, then why shouldn’t we think of our planet as alive?
“Humans are the brain — the consciousness — of the planet. We are Earth made aware of itself. Viewed this way, our ecological responsibility could not be clearer. By fuming greenhouse gases, we have not simply changed the climate; we have critically wounded a global life form and severely disrupted its biological rhythms. No other member of this living assembly has our privileged perspective. No one else can see the sinews and vessels of our planetary body. Only we can choose to help keep Earth alive.
“Gaia’s legacy can help us fulfill this responsibility. We can learn to recognize and amplify the planet’s innate climate-stabilizing processes. Earth has its own methods for storing carbon: A complex chain of chemical reactions involving plants, plankton and shellfish can lock atmospheric carbon in limestone. In addition to reducing carbon emissions, many Earth system scientists think we should study how to augment this natural sequestration and related processes.
“In recent years the Amazon rain forest has endured unusually intense and frequent droughts, which some scientists have linked to deforestation and forest fires. It would be easy to compartmentalize these ecological shifts as local tragedies, but that detachment is an illusion.
“Seen through the lens of Gaia, the Amazon’s plight is the draining of our communal veins and arteries. We must learn to feel its thirst viscerally. “We are a part of this Earth and we cannot therefore consider our affairs in isolation,” Dr. Lovelock wrote. “We are so tied to the Earth that its chills or fevers are our chills and fevers also.””
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“Einstein was right. We cannot solve the problems of today out of the same level of consciousness that created them.
“Over these past years the crises facing the planet have intensified, but the economic and political structures that have served to address them since WWII are increasingly ineffective. Just when we need to be creative and imagine new policies and structures, we are locked into a growing polarization fueled by partisan politics. At a time when our thinking needs to be long term and interconnected we operate out of short term electoral politics and a 24/7 news cycle.
“What’s really needed is a new kind of consciousness that can hold greater complexity and paradox, one that sees and acts from our interconnectedness and understands that truth is shared among many different worldviews, a consciousness that works to move forward by creating synergy and generating new options for our shared future.
“Contemplative Power is within us. It is the divine indwelling to which we have access. It engages and emerges within each of us and all of us. It is our capacity to act and to be out of a space that invites us to see anew, to observe and interpret with new eyes and new ears to see what is our egoic self and what is our God-self. It is compassionate, and centered in our knowing that we are all one, that we are all connected. It is communal, willing to shape the next response attuned to what went before and moving it forward. It is believing that, as we let ourselves be in this deep space, things will realign in us and in the world.
“Exercising contemplative power invites us to act out of a new consciousness – a consciousness that’s sorely needed to imagine new ways to address the problems of our time.”
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