None of This Had to Happen

. Meditation and prayer help, but even after 30+ years of practice I can’t currently seem to sustain the feeling of calm non-attachment the way I used to before times were so relentlessly hard.

The Land that Rain Forgot

Full disclosure: I am a pluviophile. That means that I love rain, in all forms. I love monsoon downpours, steady rain pattering on the roof, misty seaside rains, even dull drizzles on endlessly gray days.

Why a Climate Healing Meditation Now?

Even as we enter the second year of a pandemic, the climate emergency continues unabated, with 2020 either setting a new record or tying for the warmest year on record, depending on who is measuring and their specific methods. Since the start of the pandemic we’ve seen record fires in Australia, California, and Siberia, record … Continue reading Why a Climate Healing Meditation Now?

Climate Change is a Foundational and Intersectional Issue of Life or Death

In a way, climate change is really the ONLY issue. Because if we don’t get this one right and, at minimum, hold global heating to the 1.5 degrees C agreed on in in the non-binding Paris Accords, none of the other issues that progressives—or anyone else—care about are going to matter.

Climate Change Fiction on American TV: “Madam Secretary” and…That’s About It

As Hurricane Dorian slams into the Bahamas as a category 5 storm with sustained winds of 185 mph and gusts of 220 mph, I remember the opening scenes of an episode of Madam Secretary. When I tuned in, I was initially confused. We’re in the cockpit of a NASA plane flying into the violent eye … Continue reading Climate Change Fiction on American TV: “Madam Secretary” and…That’s About It

Solarpunk and Cli-fi, Oh My! The Case for Optimism

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

Climate Action and Earth Healing: Choosing Joy and Love

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.

Santa Fe’s Very Woke Teens and Children: Youth Climate Strike

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