Sacred Activism on Climate Change
In the face of overwhelming scientific and empirical evidence that we are already well into perhaps irreversible climate change, I refuse to despair.
If we confine ourselves to the worthy goals of climate change mitigation and adaptation, we will never think expansively enough to actually reverse anthropogenic climate disruption and the Sixth Great Extinction.
Can we do it? Intentionally raising the vibration of global collective consciousness, not only human, but interspecies, and ultimately “Gaiac”—encompassing the planetary consciousness of Gaia herself—lights the way to that possibility.
I affirm hope. First, let’s face the current reality head-on. Let’s look at where the present Timeline is leading us—the dystopian world of extreme weather events, barely survivable heat, and pandemic plagues that the characters in Weather Menders live in by 2050.
Then let’s change the collective dream to one of restored ecological and climatic balance, partnership society as opposed to patriarchy, honoring of the Divine Feminine, and co-creating a resultant equalitarian society.
My Definition of Sacred Activism
Sacred Activism is the desire and willingness to make the world a better place through positive ethical actions based on one’s spiritual beliefs and a sense of all life as precious, sacred, interconnected, and One in Essence.
Here are some resources to pursue a Sacred Activism path:
- Author Andrew Harvey, who wrote The Hope and many other books, has founded the Institute for Sacred Activism.
- Many people involved in Gather the Women practice Sacred Activism.
Here are some organizations engaged in what I would call Sacred Activism on climate change issues:
- www.350.org has a national organization and many state and local chapters
- www.climaterealityproject.org educates the public and trains climate leaders worldwide to educate.
- Charles Eisenstein writes and speaks about Sacred Economics and the Gift Economy.
- The critical issue of biodiversity is addressed by the conservation website Voices for Biodiversity, for which I am an eco-reporter and story gatherer.
Time Travel aside, can anthropogenic climate change be reversed? Humans caused it, so let’s work together to heal it.
- An excellent and hopeful resource is the Drawdown Project. The 2017 book, Drawdown, edited by Paul Hawken details 100 ways to reverse climate change.
- The Regenerative Agriculture Foundation is a great starting point for understanding and applying the many aspects of Regenerative Agriculture. In Weather Menders, Tara’s granddaughter Dechen and her husband Kennedy become experts in Regenerative Agriculture.
- The Rodale Institute, founded in 1947 by J.I. Rodale “to study the link between healthy soil, healthy food and healthy people,” published a White Paper in 2014 on how Regenerative Agriculture practices can reverse climate change by 2050, the year in which Weather Menders begins.
- Restoration Ecology Journal is available online and as an app.
- Findhorn Foundation in Scotland, an important place in Weather Menders, is an intentional community founded over 50 years ago on the principles of Co-Creation with Nature, Inner Listening, and work being Love in Action.
- Findhorn Foundation is hosting a conference on Climate Change and Consciousness in April, 2019. This grew out of Findhorn’s work with the New Story Hub. Conference convener Stephanie Mines, PhD, discusses its genesis here.