PORTAL 8 Mystery, Wonder, Astonishment, Terror, Beauty, Imperfection, Never ending

I recently attended a stellar Crazy Jane concert. This group features new compositions by a group of Pacific NW composers. The pieces were wildly different and each fascinating in their own ways. I had two aha’s during the evening. No three! First, I personally need an arts PORTAL. And so do many others, I imagine. … Continue reading PORTAL 8 Mystery, Wonder, Astonishment, Terror, Beauty, Imperfection, Never ending

PORTAL 3 “Does this make economic sense?”

The Economics of Climate Change The economics of climate change are tricky, but not necessarily dismal. With few exceptions, we who buy fossil fuels and emit greenhouse gases aren’t paying a price that reflects the costs imposed by that pollution. Because the effects are global and persist for hundreds and thousands of years, most of … Continue reading PORTAL 3 “Does this make economic sense?”

What is our timeline? And how might we think about it?

At some point, given the very long time that CO2 stays in the atmosphere, we will reach a negative tipping point of no return (WHAT MIGHT THAT MEAN?) if we continue our current ways of living on this planet. I am interested, however, in actively finding ways right now to explore every possible good avenue … Continue reading What is our timeline? And how might we think about it?

Why is it so hard sometimes to actually do something positive? And how might we get beyond that?

“It’s too huge! Where to start?!” I encourage you to narrow down the topic to one or perhaps two areas that really interest and energize you. Then find others with similar interests if possible, roll up your sleeves and get to work! But remember also to take time to rest and to do things that … Continue reading Why is it so hard sometimes to actually do something positive? And how might we get beyond that?

Why is it often so hard to recognize what’s happening?

In many ways this is a nearly invisible emergency. Literally. If only…! If only instead of being nearly invisible to us CO2 and methane in our atmosphere and oceans were some striking unpleasant color, shit brown perhaps! If only we had billboards constantly monitoring current level of extinctions (20% and increasing). If only there were … Continue reading Why is it often so hard to recognize what’s happening?

Key statements about Climate Change

“What We Know” is a clearly written statement for lay people by climate scientists who are part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Their main points: Based on well-established evidence, about 97% of climate scientists have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening. We are at risk of pushing our climate … Continue reading Key statements about Climate Change

PORTAL 7 “Hey, give me humor!”

http://www.cowswithguns.com/ Dana Lyons sings sometimes outrageous songs, often with a Climate Change twist. http://standupeconomist.com/ Meet Yoram Bauman, the only stand-up comedian, who also happens to be an economist with a big interest in Climate Change. He and Grady Klein have created a cartoon book on climate change (see book section) that is often delightfully humorous. … Continue reading PORTAL 7 “Hey, give me humor!”

PORTAL 6 “I need a spiritual approach…”

“For the raindrop, joy is in entering the river— Unbearable pain becomes it’s own cure.” Ghalib (translated by Jane Hirshfield) I think that at least parts of all religions and many spiritual approaches view our earth as sacred. As such we would not view the earth as our extraction grounds and dumping grounds. We would approach … Continue reading PORTAL 6 “I need a spiritual approach…”

PORTAL 5 Things I have learned that have forever changed how I look at us and our earth

As I have slowed down and begun to take in some of the current information, four things have most affected how I look at everything these days. FIRST, CO2 in the atmosphere remains in the atmosphere for decades to centuries to even longer. (see Archer et. al. PDF) This means that anything that we spew … Continue reading PORTAL 5 Things I have learned that have forever changed how I look at us and our earth

PORTAL 4 “Hope, I need hope!”

What kind of hope do you need? Where do you get bogged down? Think about and learn from your answers to these questions. The Humor and/or Spiritual PORTALS might offer you some support. How do you deal with anger? Fear? Grief? Many people find it very helpful to acknowledge these emotions which most all of … Continue reading PORTAL 4 “Hope, I need hope!”