Finding Hope in the Climate Crisis

For the past three or four years I’ve been steeped heavily in preteen/teen post apocalyptic dystopian novels, shows, and movies, due to the demographics of my household. I feel like I’m well prepared for a zombie apocalypse, for life on Mars, if humans were to go there, and how to rig up a fresh water collection device if I had to live in an underground shelter. What I don’t feel well prepared for is how to manage the knowledge of all the possibilities of humanity’s future today, on the ground, with my family in my day to day life.

When I talk to people about issues related to anxiety and how prevalent anxiety is in our society, I sometimes wonder why we aren’t all paralyzed with panic with reports about climate change, with conflicting responses by governments and conflicting information coming on full tilt from all the media every day. There are times when things feel really dark and I wonder if reusing my grocery bags is kind of like, pouring out my glass of water onto an oncoming volcanic eruption.

In a previous post I spoke about the 9 Mental Health Survival Strategies for the Current Apocalypse and these I still stand by these. Recently, however, I came across this interview with Vandana Shiva, an environmental activist,  and physicist, from India, who has written twenty books and whose seed saving campaign, has received world wide recognition and mobilization. This interview felt like a good “talking to” by a wise grandmother and gave me some badly needed perspective.

Here are some choice quotes from the interview:

“I do not think we have the option for despair. Hope is a duty. Hope does not just come, you have to cultivate it.”

“I never believe that you have to waste time in argument. I do the work.”

“Yes, we are disposable to this magnificent universe, but this does not mean the end of our responsibility while we are here.”

“Living in service to a bit of land soothes my soul and reminds me that it’s not all in my hands. It’s not all my responsibility. I am not carrying the earth like Atlas, it is carrying me.”

Check out the entire interview below:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/tapestry/eco-activist-vandana-shiva-finds-reasons-for-hope-in-the-climate-crisis-1.4950685

And my you too find and cultivate hope.

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