Very early this morning I awoke in the teeth of a rain squall. I got up and read the most recent Sun magazine featuring an interview with Kathleen Dean Moore, "If Your House Is On Fire, the moral urgency of climate change"
Of the many great points and perspectives she offers, three come to mind 1) Indeed, if your house is on fire, you don't argue about whether it started from natural or man-made causes, you do everything possible to put out the fire, especially if people are inside.
2) She called BS to "I've met the enemy, and he is us". While some of this is true by virtue of our first world privilege, she pointed to the systematic ransacking of the planet by large corporations, particularly Big Oil, corporations that have truly rigged the system. Society is manipulated by the consolidated mainstream media, MSM. Alternative energy initiatives are thwarted by systemic obstacles. Public transportation, even options for efficient engines in our cars, particularly in this country, are not possible because of industry backed obstacles. No the focus of engaged activism must be the large corporations that are working against the health and well-being of people and the planet. And this is to in no way diminish the importance and satisfaction of right livelihood: doing what we can as individuals to consume less and enjoy the simple pleasures of gardens, bikes and hikes...
3) At a deeper, philosophical level much of our challenge now is to overcome human exceptionalism. We are part of nature. We are only as healthy as our world is healthy. The nature of reality is radical interconnectedness. How do we begin to shift our worldview? Storytelling. It has aways been the case. And now we have so many rich ways to participate in storytelling. Conversation, writing, visual arts, filmmaking, theatre, dance, music, song, social media. Our reach has never been greater. The flipside of that opportunity is chronic distraction.
So thank you Sun magazine and Kathleen Dean Moore. We're with you.