Week 3 Friday July 24 Book Discussion pages 33-56 Facing The Climate Emergency by Margaret Klein Salamon

In this section we travel into the dark forest on our mythic psychological journey. But don't worry -- you are NOT alone! 
What energy lifts us off the couch and onto that unknown path before us? The path which wends its way under those dark branches of anguish, sorrow, grief, and out of sight into who knows what consequences of -- feeling?
I think what sets us on the hero's journey is the realization that our lives are being lived in illusion.. An illusion of safety, of continuity, of purpose, out of touch with the deeper reality that it is all built on something which is killing everything we care about. 
Somewhere deep inside we seek to know truth, to live it. To embody the truth from our own experience. And to live the truth we acknowledge how we feel about Earth's climate situation.
It's a pardox isn't it? Emotions which make us feel weak, physically weak and exhausted -- somehow transmute into a new source of power. 
Did you experience the resistance I did, to rea…

Week 2 Friday July 17 Book Discussion pages 13-32 Facing The Climate Emergency by Margaret Klein Salamon

This section is all about Climate Truth. What has been your journey to realizing these hard but very real truths about existence on Planet Earth at this moment in time? 
I remember when I first became aware that fossil fuels -- which drive global warming -- are literally woven into the fabric of everything in my life, I walked around shell-shocked. I saw people going about their business as if everything was okay. I felt like a ghost from an alternate reality. 
I remember seeing each home on my street churning out fossil fuel emissions. Then my mind zoomed out - to the view from an airplane -- miles and miles of houses just like this. All with no choice but to puff out emissions, just to stay cool, warm and lighted. And the enormity of the net we are caught within, overwhelmed me.

How about you? What was your first recognition of "climate truth" like? 
Another really powerful and unique element of this book is showing how the bystander effect shapes our response to the climate e…

Video links for Book Discussion Group with questions

Margaret Klein Salamon's 3 minute introduction to her book Facing the Climate Emergency
Adam McKay and Margaret on the bigger picture of climate emergency
David Wallace Wells (11 minutes)
Thought Questions:
Joseph Campbell wrote that the first step in The Hero's Journey was "the call to adventure." At that point the hero has a choice. To follow the call, to rise to the challenge, and plunge into the dark forest, a symbol of the unknown. 
How do you respond to Margaret's call? 
How does the Adam McKay video make you feel? Does it put the scale and size of the challenge into stark perspective? 
David Wallace Wells speaks directly to 30-40 year olds. For they, you, are the ones who have grown up in a climate lifetime. For your entire lives, humans have poured more into the atmosphere than all the rest of human history together. 
When did you become "climate woke." Did you think ex…

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It is a public blog at this time. Even anonymous posters can post. Which irritates me, but those were the only two choices, tha…

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Week 1 Friday July 10th Book Discussion pages xii to page 12 of Facing The Climate Emergency by Margaret Klein Salamon

Wow this book starts out with a bang! First my heart soared as I recognized in myself the answering echo to her call for us all to step up as heroes at this pivotal time in history. Then we get the bad news -- almost too much to bear - even though we knew it all already, it's hard to see it so starkly laid out, isn't it?How did your emotions fare through this? Were you surprised at the insights from psychology into the dynamics of how humans respond to the climate crisis? It's a new approach, isn't it, that I haven't really come across elsewhere.I liked it that she went beyond blaming capitalism or any "ism" -- and went right to the challenge of creating a regenerative economy.Do you think human beings are capable of that? What influences or structural changes in our society might be needed for people to gain that capacity?Please pick two of the Questions for Reflection and Discussion on Page 11 and share your answers here.Here is the brief video from the…

Join the Online Book Discussion Group for Facing The Climate Emergency by Margaret Klein Salamon

How it works:This is a no-pressure book group! I know a lot of us are zoomed out. So this is something you do whenever it's convenient for you! 
We'll be commenting back and forth and sharing our feelings, reactions and insights. I'll provide some additional materials as well. 
I've broken the book up into sections. 
Here is the schedule: 
Friday July 10th -- We'll begin commenting on Pages xiii through 12. And share reflection Questions on page 11.
Friday July 17th -- we'll comment on, and share our answers to reflection questions from pages 13-32.
Friday July 24 -- Pages 33-56 
Friday July 31 -- Pages 57-68
Friday August 7 -- Pages 69-113
Friday August 14 -- Final feelings, thoughts and how this journey into Climate psychology has affected you. 
Here is information on how to get the book -- it is available in paperback physical copy, digital e-book, and e-audio. If you can't get it in time to start with us, just get the free first chapter and comment on that the fi…

How the Spin Doctors are Selling us Death

The GOP-WallStreet-Business-Oil Baron - Lobby  forced the country to open before the three criteria for opening was met: 1. numbers decreasing steadily for two weeks 2. availability of widespread testing and tracking 3. availability of personal protective equipment. A logically foreseeable results occurred, a surge of cases and deaths.
Now that deaths are occurring at higher and higher ratesand every citizen in every locale will soon have personal experience of covid in themselves, their friends or family -- 
Here's what the "spin doctors" have concocted and are shoving at us ad nauseum:  
A.) Mental health and financial health is "as important as" physically surviving and avoiding death. B.) Responding effectively to the entire covid crisis "comes down to personal responsibility." C.) People simply won't tolerate any more sequestering or closures. D.) Democracy and Freedom are incompatible with the large scale coordination and cooperation needed to …

Are you wishing Mosquitoes were hit by "Insectageddon"?

If your evenings are made miserable by mosquitoes, you might wish for more insectageddon, not less! But let's take a closer look. 

It's interesting to consider that a healthy wetland actually reduces mosquito numbers. 

If you've seen an increase in mosquitoes, it's time to find out: has your locality been developing and "mitigating" your local wetlands?" 

Mitigation as it is currently practiced does not replace, or create, a healthy wetland. 
Sometimes the requirement for developers to "mitigate" is merely to put in some cement holding ponds for the excess stormwater runoff. 

If you're living in a 1950's to 1970's era housing plat, then you are probably aware of the problems with aging and inadequate stormwater systems. Problems result when the hydric soil of a true wetland is drained and "developed" by having houses and buildings put on it. What runs off the developed land often overflows the retaining ponds and carries silt a…

The Fossil Fuel Business Model

I’ve got this business. It’s essential for everybody, for our whole way of life. But I can’t make a profit at it. It’s just too expensive to produce. I can’t seem to make it a viable business. Yeah, we’re just not making a living at it.
So can you, through your Government, pay ME --  to provide it to my customers? And then can I, my CEOs and shareholders, take off the top, in profits, more money than anyone has ever made on any business in the history of commerce?
And then can I use that money to pressure public servants who in any way try to reduce the obscene amounts of money being given freely from taxpayer dollars, directly to my business?
And then can I use that money to philanthropically fund things people enjoy, so they’ll associate my brand not with the destroyed moonscape of the Tarsands, but with “clean energy.”
Then can I use that money to pay an army of lobbyists -- more than has ever been seen in Washington before -- to write legislation ensuring I don't have any pesky…

How Can "Our Side" Offer Safety and Normalcy?

We're seeing a powerful drive to return to “normalcy” to feel safe again. People want to comfort themselves with familiar activities and freedoms. That’s what “their side” the fossil fuel-driven,  financial sector-driven side, has to offer. And it’s a powerful draw. People will threaten (and end)  their lives and the lives of countless strangers just to achieve a sense of normalcy as soon as possible. That’s why we are “opening our country” even though NONE of the criteria for opening have been met 1. Two weeks of steadily declining numbers 2. Availability of testing 3. Availability of personal protective equipment. This rush to "get our economy going again" is going to exponentially explode our tragedy. As of today 47,000 Americans are dead from COVID who were just ...going about living their lives just two months ago. Our side (climate mobilization)  is (currently) offering -- discomfort, the unknown, the unfamiliar, the scary, the as-yet-not-seen. How can we advocate for c…

Sixth Mass Extinction Hits A Ten Year Old

Watching with a ten-year-old dinosaur fan, a science documentary about the five mass extinction events in Earth's history. And suddenly there's a "this time it's us" speech, matter-of-factly stating we're currently IN the sixth mass extinction event, and this time it's not volcanoes, or an asteroid, it's the human species continued burning of fossil fuels which have so radically destroyed Earth's life support systems. At least the systems hospitable to human life and the ecosystem we evolved within.

I glance sidelong at the ten year old, almost afraid. She's heard it before of course, since she's been in this research with me for five years. But the starkness of the message, contrasted to the conditions of the previous five events, hit hard.

Ten is when awareness of wider social issues develops. How would I feel if I were a child awakening at age ten into brain functions of global awareness, and a social consciousness, and ran up against t…