“Do what you can, with what you have, in the time you’ve got, in the place you are.”~Nkosi Johnson (via Lisa Rogers),
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”~First People Proverb
Dalai Lama’s fundamental philosophy:
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Compassion, loving-kindness, and altruism are the keys not only to human development but also to planetary survival.
Real change in the world will only come from a change of heart.
What I propose is a compassionate revolution, a call for radical reorientation away from our habitual preoccupation with the self.
It is a call to turn toward the wider community of beings with whom we are connected, and for conduct which recognizes others’ interests alongside our own. [The radical portion is the commitment to actionable course-correction and recalibration of habitual action — something young people are uniquely poised to do as they take our planetary future into their growing hands and growing hearts.]
Everything is interdependent, everything is inseparable.
Our individual well-being is intimately connected both with that of all others and with the environment within which we live.
Our every action, our every deed, word, and thought, no matter how slight or inconsequential it may seem, has an implication not only for ourselves but for all others, too.”
The world’s most respected climate science organization, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the final installment of its Sixth Report. Its findings were stark:
“Burning fossil fuels is threatening the stability of much of life on Earth, and our chance to avoid the worst impacts is quickly vanishing.
(We need) deep, rapid and sustained green-house gas emissions reductions in all sectors.” Mar. 2023
“At this point, carbon capture only exists to entrench the fossil fuel system and extend the life of the underlying facilities.” ~Steven Feit, senior attorney at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
____________________________________________________________________“Can our consumer society learn to self-prune, to hone down our habits all the way to simplicity, suppleness and strength so that we might protect the new ground for new life and a more cohesive culture—a more stable future? …Can we take off the blinders and recognize the echo of our own fragility in that of nature? Can we be reminded by the Sioux— whose moccasins have always been so finely beaded—that our feet were to be as beautiful as the earth we walk on? Or, in denial, are we headed more for the fate of the Australian plant that (which?) must be burned in the ground fires of the outback before it can flower? We have known such consuming fires. Hiroshima, the Watts riots in Los Angeles, Exxon Valdez and the Gulf oil spills, of course 9/11, and that year, the day after Thanksgiving, revealing our fixation (on consuming), a salesclerk trampled to death in the name of discounts at Long Island’s Wal-Mart.Will we, how can we, meet the call?”
* Heart to Heart: A Conversation on Love and Hope for Our Precious Planet by the Dalai Lama and artist Patrick McDonnell
* — a shimmering chronicle of her own quest for “a better way to walk through this life,” a way that grants us “the ability to sense magic in the everyday, to channel it through our minds and bodies, to be sustained by it.”explores what it takes to shed the cloak of meaninglessness and recover the sparkle of vitality in
*The women I wrote about in Love Your Mother: 50 States, 50 Stories, and 50 Women United for Climate Justice (2023, Broadleaf Books) each have something to teach us, not just about caretaking but also about how to lead in a crisis—especially one that most affects poor and marginalized communities, with a disproportionate impact on women. “The climate crisis is not gender-neutral,” wrote Katharine Wilkinson and Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, coeditors of the anthology All We Can Save. Indeed, 80 percent of those displaced globally by climate change are women and girls.
Nkosi Johnson https://nkosishaven.org/nkosi-johnsons-history/
Katherine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist http://www.katharinehayhoe.com/?page_id=138, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=- BvcToPZCLI
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