To paraphrase Katharine Hayhoe, let’s show love for life on Earth by sharing how we care about climate change.
Our book group recently met and discussed Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World by Katharine Hayhoe. This book was universally liked and appreciated by everyone in our group. The message is applicable, accessible, and upbeat! We can (and should) approach others to talk about the climate crisis. How to successfully navigate these conversations?
First, with compassion – recognizing that each person is experiencing discomfort in these stressful times. Grief is abundant and pain frequently is accompanied by anger and denial and fear. Second, connect to others on topics that interest the uninformed. One example, talking with somebody who loves boating can lead to a discussion of how climate change can affect boating.
Some members offered examples of times that they have used these techniques to broach a climate crisis discussion and suggest change. Other members mentioned times when they wished they had used some of these techniques to talk with others and now recognize a better way. Check out this book to learn more!
I think we are all increasingly realizing how much our readings and discussions help us to feel not so forlorn. We also feel much more empowered and encouraged when hearing examples of successful environmental endeavors and we wonder where we can find more of those on a regular basis. I think there’s a great opportunity for somebody(s) who likes to research and network to establish a website or blog featuring only the positive stuff. Maybe it already exists?! I would subscribe to a daily e-drop of environmental progress!
Our next book is Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery. We will be meeting in a hybrid format on Monday, January 24 at 7 pm. If you would like to join our group, please contact me.
Have a safe, joyous, and peaceful holiday season!