I’ve believed for a while now that we are entering a period of time as a human species of great environmental, social and political collapse. That’s a mouthful and a lot to take in.
It’s impossible to take in, really. I think about it now and again and thankfully still live in a part of the world where somehow, sometimes, this reality seems improbable.
But it’s not improbable – it’s in play. We are on track for a climate change increase of 2.5 degree C within 20 years. That increase prompts destruction of eco-systems, other species and plant life. This means death of a devastating magnitude. In fact, it hails our Earth’s sixth extinction.
That sounds immense and possibly even doom and gloom I know. And, it can help to feel into that and yet still ask…
There’s a field of bio-ethics that is suggesting we hold on to some ways of being together as we enter these times of intense collapses. These are wise guidelines:
- Work hard to grasp the immensity of the change
- Cultivate radical hope
- Have a line in the sand
- Appreciate the astonishing opportunity of life at this time
- Train your body and mind
- Act for the future generations of all species
I’m going to ponder these and write more about each one upcoming. Stay tuned.
Meantime, if you have any thoughts or feelings regarding the first precept of working hard to grasp the immensity of the change, feel free to post on my blog.
And, here is the article I sourced.