Climate Change and Human Extinction — A Personal Perspective (262)

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"Just one source, methane from the arctic…leads us [by 2030] to…a temperature beyond which humans have never existed on the planet." Guy McPherson, professor emeritus of University of Arizona in Environmental Studies, shares highlights from his compilation of recent reports … [Read more...]

How Shall We Live, With the Earth in Crisis? (250)

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When we actually face what's happening on the planet, the picture isn't pretty. Author Carolyn Baker (Speaking Truth To Power) is concerned by rapidly-unfolding climate change, and the fragile Fukushima reactor situation. Systems thinker Dave Pollard (How To Save the World) … [Read more...]

Living with the Predicament (235)

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Janaia's the guest this time! She tells host Ivey Cone: "This is not a problem. A problem can be solved. This is a predicament. We can’t solve our way out of this one, with technology or any other mythic fix. It's something we have to live with." She sees multiple … [Read more...]

Living with the Predicament – Ivey and Me

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You asked for it! After we had our Connect the Dots: Systems in Collapse video panel discussion, some Peak Moment TV viewers asked to hear more of my perspectives. Host and producer Ivey Cone said sure, so she and I did Take Two. Ivey and I got on a roll in Living with … [Read more...]

Tools to Turn Dreams Into Reality (229)

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How do you turn wishful thinking into goals and concrete steps to achieve them? Alan Seid shares insights for "visioning and manifesting" that have helped him and others. It starts with imagining, Alan says, and thinking "outside the box." Then you set up structures and … [Read more...]

We are Empowered by Self-Defense Training

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I am posting this on V-day, in solidarity with the global movement One Billion Rising, demanding an end to violence against women and girls—with events all over the globe including our community. Robyn and I just completed a 12-hour self defense course for women. We're … [Read more...]

Joanna Macy: Active Hope Reconnects Us to Life

Joanna Macy's talk in Grass Valley, California, August 24, 2012 Michael Stone: For young people, the future isn't what it used to be. Joanna has been an activist for five decades. She's an eco-philosopher, and she has touched people all over the world. Joanna is one of … [Read more...]

Guy Dauncey & Joanna Macy: the Great Transition

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Things are heating up quite seriously. Smoke from enormous wildfires many miles north drifts into the river canyon beside us. The Midwest drought finds the land in far worse condition than the last massive droughts in the 1930s, and a world far more dependent on its food … [Read more...]

Practice Collapse Now and Avoid the Rush

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 I piled the laundry basket into the wheelbarrow and headed towards the Lone Bobcat Woods house. We'd agreed with our renter to share the washing machine. As I pushed the 'barrow about a quarter mile to the house in the warm sun, I thought of John Michael Greer's recent … [Read more...]

Two Households, One Car (213)

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At first Judy Alexander was reluctant to share a car with neighbors Richard and Sue Dandridge. But their invitation intrigued her, especially since her aging car felt unsafe for long trips. After a trial year, she found the arrangement freeing and sold her car. Judy and … [Read more...]