Our close friend Ivey Cone hosted and produced Connect the Dots: Systems in Collapse, a panel discussion with Nevada City, CA activists Terra Nyssa, Tom Grundy and myself in late March, 2013.
It’s a courageous discussion about some of the issues we face at this time of the sixth great extinction and the collapse of industrial civilization. Portrayal of the planetary predicament includes video clips with Derrick Jensen and Guy McPherson; an indigenous elder and young activist speaking against proposed coal terminals near Bellingham, Washington, and mathematical cosmologist Brian Swimme on the universal cycles of creation and destruction.
How might we respond?
Terra Nyssa expressed heartfelt empathy for the plight of the salmon fighting to return upstream to their home despite dams, development and other blockages — a potent symbol for Life surging for continuation.
Tom Grundy shared an image portraying the ongoing cycles of despair and empowerment that many people go through.
Janaia Donaldson shared stories of people acting locally to produce food, live with a lighter footprint and cooperating. Other topics included preparedness, providing emotional support for one another, stepping outside the system, and working for the more-than-human world.
Recorded at Nevada County, CA Digital Media Center. Thanks to producer Ivey Cone for permission to post.