WHEN MOTHER NATURE DECLARES WAR: Houston and Hurricane Harvey
Posted by presenter Odds Bodkin on August 28, 2017
It’s simple. As the planet’s air warms it holds more water vapor. That means that when it rains, it pours. For three decades, climate scientists have tried to get their message out and much of the world has ignored them. They predicted storms just like Harvey, and here it is, along with Sandy in New York. But giving storms human names diminishes what they are. In truth, they’re weather monsters. They should be named Godzilla, or Hurricane Frankenstein.
Science can be hard to understand, but stories aren’t. If you want to help those climate scientists convince the public and learn to tell science-based stories about climate disruption yourself, come to Boulder, Colorado this September.
Living Beyond Hope and Fear: Warrior Principle, Climate Action, Boulder’s climate symposium, takes place Sept. 15-17 at Shambhala Center. This year there’s a new emphasis: climate storytelling. Join us.
"It is true that climate change and economic instability are big practical issues. However, any long-term solution to our concerns is rooted in a deep psychic shift. ... In this time of chaos, if we can choose compassion instead of aggression, we will regain our connection to nature, and humanity could be here for many eons into the future, having created a society that works in partnership with the earth--by embracing our own enlightened qualities. How do we accomplish this practice? By being here now." Sakyong Mipham, The Shambhala Principle
A prophecy, as told to environmental activist Joanna Macy by her friend and teacher, Drugu Choegyal Rinpoche:
There comes a time when all life on earth is in danger. In this time, great powers have arisen—barbarian powers; although they waste their wealth in preparations to annihilate each other, they have much in common.
They have weapons of unfathomable death and devastation, and technologies that lay waste to the world. It is in this time, when the future of all life seems to hang by the frailest of threads, that the Kingdom of Shambhala emerges.
You cannot go to the Kingdom of Shambhala, because it is not a place. It exists in the hearts and minds of Shambhala warriors.
Now, the time comes when great courage—moral and physical courage—is required of Shambhala warriors; for they must go right into the very heart of the barbarian power to dismantle the weapon in every sense of the word. They must go where armaments are manufactured and deployed, and also into the corridors of power where decisions are made.
The Shambhala warrior knows that these weapons can be dismantled—they are made by the human mind, and they can be unmade by the human mind. The dangers threatening life on earth are not visited upon us by some extraterrestrial power or satanic deities. They arise from our choices and habits and responses to life. So now is the time when Shambhala warriors go into training.
Join us in training in compassion and insight, two weapons of the Shambhala warrior.
The Joanna Macy Center is one of the symposium’s sponsors. Learn about Dr. Macy and the center at www.naropa.edu/academics/jmc/index.php
Excerpt from Jacob Richey's article in our current newsletter:
"The term "Warrior Principle" in the title points to the bravery required to engage in something as daunting as climate work."