PROOF 34 – The Climate Crisis

Hello Reader,

You may recall in PROOF #25 Michael Shaun asked us all to speak about what’s happening as a climate crisis rather than “climate change” or “global warming”. In the news in the last few weeks there have been stories about the highest recorded temperatures in the Pacific Northwest and other parts of the world, and the lowest recorded water levels in reservoirs in the Western US.  Powerful evidence for accepting Michael Shaun’s request.

At NOW we’re dedicated to you, me, all of us taking action to generate a thriving future for humanity and thriving lives for ourselves. In the face of situations as dire as the climate crisis, this can be daunting.  How can we remain optimistic and take bold action rather than get resigned or defeated? How we respond to this challenge will make all the difference in addressing the climate crisis and all the other significant challenges we face.

If we get daunted, it’s easy to avoid the news about what’s happening. Yet, to have any power with our actions to address the issues we face, it is important to know what’s going on.  That’s one action that can help generate a new future – being informed about the current state. In that light, in this issue of PROOF we are offering news and information about what is happening regarding the climate. We are also including news of some innovative things people are doing to address the climate crisis.  

As Michael Shaun has also written about, the shocking news is what gets the most press; for example the record high temperatures and wildfires. What’s harder to find are practical actions you and I can take as individuals to turn the tide on the climate crisis.  

One of our fundamental beliefs at NOW is that you and I, each of us, can take meaningful action to address the significant issues in front of us.  It’s up to each of us to do the work to identify what’s important to us, what are we passionate about, and what are our gifts. From there we can imagine what’s possible and take action to make that possibility real.

Why am I saying all this? Well, the news is pretty daunting! As I have been preparing this issue of PROOF I have found out the current climate situation is more grim than I thought. I am writing to prepare you, and me, to look at what’s happening with open eyes, without looking away. And then, take a deep breath, consider what’s possible, and take action.  

What action? Well, that’s for you to determine.  Maybe it’s contacting someone you know who is actively working on addressing the climate crisis.  Maybe it’s starting a project in your community to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Maybe it’s merely informing others about what you are learning.  There is no action that is too small.  

Right now, no one knows what will resolve the climate crisis. There are many people doing many things to address it, some profiled in this issue of PROOF.  What’s most likely is there will be many different approaches by many different people and there will be breakthroughs in the future that we can barely even imagine right now.

It’s said that we overestimate what can be done in one year and underestimate what can be done in five or ten years.

What makes the difference is taking action today. Some of the actions will produce beneficial results, and some won’t. However, it is in action that the way forward will be discovered by us.

And, your action makes a difference, regardless how big or how small.

We invite you to read this issue of PROOF (and, well, every issue) to provoke yourself to consider: What action will I take today to generate a thriving future for humanity and a thriving life for myself?

We hope you enjoy this weeks PROOF.  Please share it with your friends.

Thank you for joining us and other like-minded adventurers in discovering what it takes to generate a thriving future. We’re grateful to be on the path with you!

Doug Fisher
& The NOW Team
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Proof 33 – The Future of Fashion

In the News:

What We’re Watching : Hands On: Women, Climate, Change

Hands On demonstrates what’s possible when we begin to take action on the large challenges we face. The film profiles five women from four continents tackling climate change through policy, protest, education and innovation. The film powerfully demonstrates how women are transferring knowledge and local networks into hands-on strategies.

This collaborative doc offers unique perspectives across cultures and generations; A young woman challenges the expansion of oil rigs in the North Sea while a seasoned community organizer interprets satellite weather reports for fisherman struggling to survive on India’s increasingly volatile coast.

What We’re Reading – The Uninhabitable Earth

In his travelogue of our near future, David Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await–food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe.

The Uninhabitable Earth is both a meditation on the devastation we have brought upon ourselves and an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation – today’s.

The Uninhabitable Earth – Life After Warming, by David Wallace-Wells. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

What We’re Listening to –  TILclimate Podcast

Understanding climate change can be confusing. TILclimate (Today I Learned: Climate) is an award-winning MIT podcast that breaks down the science, technologies, and policies behind climate change, how it’s impacting us, and what we can do about it. Each quick episode gives you the what, why, and how on climate change — from real scientists and experts — to help us make informed decisions for our future.

May this information inspire you to generate a thriving future for humanity and a thriving life for yourself. For more resources please check out our Podcast and Youtube channel.

-The Now Team

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