I’m writing to ask everyone who reads this to immediately buy and read, “What we think about when we try not to think about Global Warming,” by Norwegian psychologist and economist Per Espen Stoknes.
There are 3 parts. Here are highlights:
In Part 1, Stoknes harnesses behavioral psychology, cognitive psychology, and social psychology to bring laser-like clarity to the source of humanity’s resistance to dealing with global warming NOW. Your soul will give a huge sigh of relief when you fully understand why some brains deny, resist, ignore, become paralyzed, or resigned in the face of the facts of climate change.
In Part 2, Stoknes lifts us out of the insanity of “doing the same things over and over again expecting different results.” He spells out a series of “end runs” around people’s barriers to solutions which will set your imagination on fire!!
In Part 3, entitled “Being, Inside the Living Air,” Stoknes creates a brilliant new context in which we human beings can relate to and experience air. He says, “Today we tend to think of the air as something out there or up there . . . This way of understanding the air arose with the chemical revolution in the Enlightenment period of 1789 to 1830.” When you have read all of Part 3 you will personally experience his assertion, “To be born is to enter the air. To be is to be in the air.” This transformative shift lights up all the solutions Stoknes proposes in Part 2 and calls people into action despite the fact that many people feel, “We’re fucked and there’s nothing I can do.”
Had Clinton been elected we might (emphasize might) have been lulled into thinking she would continue to address global warming at the same pace as Obama. Organizations working on ending human contributions to climate change might (emphasize might) have just continued working at the pace they were working at. President Trump and the Republican majority are the 1,000 pound elephant smashing its weight on the see-saw of public opinion so forcefully that it catapults committed citizens into the air and into action.
Every roll back of environmental protections, every muzzling of scientific voices, every appointment of climate-denying bureaucrats calls forth more, and more action by everyone who is committed to reversing global warming.
When President John F. Kennedy declared the United States should put a man on the moon in 10 years it was as if he invented a building called “Put a Man On the Moon in 10 Years.” The first room in that building had to be “It can’t be done” so that those people who stood for that it will be done could interact with those who said it could not be done.
President Trump and the Republican majority are not the enemy. In the building named: “Reverse Global Warming” President Trump and the Republican majority are in the office of “It can’t be done.” Having them in this building creates a place where the dialogue can be had and the views transformed in the same way that we miraculously put a man on the moon.
On April 10th I was interviewed for one hour on the trances that prevent us from ending human contributions to climate change. The interviewer is Michael Stone. Michael is a writer, teacher, activist and the host and producer of KVMR’s award winning show’s conversations and The Shift Network’s Shamanism Global Summit. For more information about Michael’s work go to www.WellofLight.com.
The topic of the show was, “Waking humanity up from the 3 trances that stop us from ending human contributions to climate change.” It includes 3 simple and very powerful actions that every citizen can take now!
Michael Stone is a writer, teacher, activist and the host and producer of KVMR’s award winning show conversations and The Shift Network’s Shamanism Global Summit. for more information go to www.WellofLight.com