Why Tapping Climate Courage?
We have the solutions for the climate and other planetary crises humanity is facing. What is necessary is a shift in human consciousness.
If you found your way to this page, you already know that we are at a stage in the Earth’s story where humanity is having a devastating impact. You may be kept awake at night thinking about global climate destabilization, and its evil twin ocean acidification, or the biological annihilation underway as billions of populations of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians die off all over the planet, or the thousands-of-square-miles-large Pacific Garbage Patch. Or maybe it’s the statistic that one in nine people go to bed hungry every night and the gap between the richest people on the planet and the poorest continues to grow. that has turned you into an insomniac.
Your heart may be broken because you know that we have the solutions to the climate crisis and other crises that we face yet we haven’t collectively committed to the shifts that are required. In fact, some factions of society seem 100 percent committed to not allowing any change to happen.
Maybe your deep sorrow at the course we are taking together as a species has lead you into despair and hopelessness. It’s difficult not to question the compassion and sanity of the majority of people when this existential crisis barely rates a mention in Facebook feeds or newspaper headlines.
What is clear is that we are at a dramatic turning point for humanity on this planet. Currently we are sawing as fast as we can at the limb that we are sitting on, the limb that sustains life as we know it. Business as usual is no longer an option for any of us, whether we are aware of that fact or not.
But consider this: what if the pain and suffering we are experiencing is the death of an old way of being and the birth of a new more equitable, safer, and more peaceful world? What if these labour pains we are experiencing are necessary to birth that “more beautiful world our hearts know is possible”?
Compassion is a powerful and transformative energy. The Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh encourages people to engage in climate change and other challenging issues facing our planet, but only after first dealing with their own anger and fears, rather than projecting them onto those they identify as being at fault.