As we say good-bye to July, the hottest month worldwide since record-keeping began, I mourn for the way summer used to be.
Sometimes it’s hard not to be angry at people who fail to connect the dots of “extreme weather” to the pattern of climate emergency.
Cli-fi, fiction about the climate crisis, is still hardly a household word—or even a known genre among booksellers—years after Dan Bloom coined the term in 2007. I still get blank stares most of the time when I introduce Weather Menders to a bookseller, or talk about the genre with people who are not deeply involved … Continue reading Solarpunk and Cli-fi, Oh My! The Case for Optimism
Even as the climate and extinction news grows worse day by day, I remain convinced that Consciousness is the wild card that gives humanity a choice.
My cat Samadhi Timewalker, Sammy for short, standing in for Georgie the time-traveling cat. He'd like you to read Weather Menders, and to watch this video of his human, author Debra Denker, reading chapters from Weather Menders. I also discuss climate change, positive and possible solutions moving in the right direction such as the Green … Continue reading Weather Menders Author Debra Denker Video on Her Cli-fi Novel, Climate Change, and Climate Hope
Yesterday I joined several hundred very woke teens and children in the first Santa Fe Youth Climate Strike. Supported by parents, adults, and elders, these young leaders amplified the passionate call for immediate climate action first voiced by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish high school student and now activist and Nobel Prize nominee. I can … Continue reading Santa Fe’s Very Woke Teens and Children: Youth Climate Strike
For a few days in early November, and again in early December, Santa Fe was colder than Anchorage, Alaska. As humans and the remaining straggling birds shivered, as the last of the marigolds in my garden froze solid, friends in Alaska resignedly told me that the snow that had cheered (most of) them up had melted.
“A world without elephants is like a world without oxygen.” —Turkana member of Kenya Wildlife Service, in the film Walking Thunder. I don’t want to live in a world without elephants, lions, tigers, rhinos, or polar bears. Or mosquitos, for that matter. It’s not just about the large mammals known in conservation circles as “charismatic … Continue reading Imagine a World Without Elephants—or Lions, or Tigers, or Polar Bears
Like Cassandra, the Prophetess of ancient Troy, we who have been speaking, writing, and researching about climate change—many for decades—have been cursed to be always right and never believed.
I am fortunate to live a life filled with many options. Physically escaping climate change, I am learning, is not one of them. On my bad days, I think it must be a curse. Heat and drought seem to follow me wherever I go. In 2013, I gently gloated, thinking that I would be getting … Continue reading Trapped by Climate Change