It’s obvious climate change is a human rights issue. Less obvious is that saying so doesn’t necessarily help much, and indeed exposes the limitations of rights advocacy in achieving systemic economic reform. Español, Français, العربية
We’ve all heard how rats will abandon a sinking ship. But will the rodents attempt to save their companions in the process? A new study shows that rats will, indeed, rescue their distressed pals from the drink—even when they’re offered chocolate instead.
They’re also more likely to help when they’ve had an unpleasant swimming experience of their own, adding to growing evidence that the rodents feel empathy.
Our empathy, like our resilience, is part of a deep tap root of the Tree of Life itself. And in the case of this research, demonstrating our belonging, with all our other than human relations, to this very Tree.
Rewilding Our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence [Marc Bekoff, Richard Louv] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In wildlife conservation, rewilding refers to restoring habitats and creating corridors between preserved lands to allow declining populations to rebound. Marc Bekoff
At present, only one in ten (12%) Americans understand that 90% or more climate scientists have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening. Recent research has found that this public misunderstanding about the degree of scientific consensus is highly consequential: public perceptions of the scientific consensus appear to influence public beliefs that global warming is happening, human-caused and a serious problem that requires public action and legislative support. Our new paper offers some practical recommendations on how to effectively communicate the scientific consensus. - See more at: http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication/article/how-to-communicate-the-scientific-consensus-on-climate-change#sthash.UJ2FVhsQ.dpuf
I'm welcome this analysis, and yet I see little that addresses the issue of why the human soul is afraid to see the results of our creation. Still, anything that helps me be a better communicator is to be embraced!
Building our sense of physical capability certainly builds our sense of self... as does building cognitive capability. Bigger trick is to not identity either... as who we are... but as capacities carried by a yet deeper identity.
Ecologists worry that the world's resources come in fixed amounts that will run out, but we have broken through such limits again and again, writes Matt Ridley. How innovation improves the environment.
Larry Glover's insight:
OK, I admit to occasionally listening to Rush Limbaugh for a few minutes once a month or so. Seems good to try and get inside the head of such folks, good to try and see the world through the eyes of those who see the world so differently than I do.
Like Mr. Ridley, the author here who attempts to make a case for pushing forward full steam ahead, as though this 'forward thrust' at all costs is not what got us where we are and always will do so.
I find the article oddly interesting, narrow minded for the absence of the spiritual value of 'nature' provides us, twisted in language and thought and challenging in the invitation to think outside my worldview. For example:
"In many respects, greater affluence and new technology have led to less human impact on the planet, not more. Richer people with new technologies tend not to collect firewood and bushmeat from natural forests; instead, they use electricity and farmed chicken—both of which need much less land."
This leaves me wondering both what planet the author is living on and if he's not yet heard of the new geological age acknowledging Man's collective biogeophysical impact on it: the Anthroprocene.
Mr. Ridley closes with the usual appeal to the god of innovation for salvation from ourselves. Now, I'm a believer in innovation; we need all we can get. And that too is Nature's strategy during times of rapid change. So we need it.
And I believe there is something else we need even more: to remember we are part and parcel of a larger whole to whom we owe our own existence and allegiance. The human spirit will be less for the absence of the polar bear.... The preservation of our fellow travelers on spaceship earth makes not just good sustainability thinking. It makes for good human flourishing and thrivability.
A United Nations report warned that climate change is already having sweeping effects and the poorest nations are likely to feel the most severe impacts.
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What does it mean for a human soul to land on planet earth at this time in history? What are our obligations to the future anyway? Might there be a clear path forward, or must we just muddle our way into the future? This is a report not to be ignored.
OK, I've been taking what feels like a lot of personal risks lately as I try to step yet more fully into unbridling and being Larry Glover, an aspiring human, living on the North American continent...
Larry Glover's insight:
The power of time spent in nature for restoring our spirits and souls, and emotional and physical wellbeing, is receiving increasing attention and confirmation from science. Here's an opportunity to bring more intentionality to your time in nature.
Normally, you assess an organization’s safety culture by observing how employees translate the company’s principles, values, attitudes, and goals into their behavior and decision-making. This seems like a pretty straightforward method, but beware of drawing conclusions based only on observations—you’ll fall into the assumptions trap.
Self care, i.e. safety in this context, is a fundamental aspect of our wild resiliency, our 'self-love.' Many organizations, like many people, fear diving into the depths of vulnerable self-reflection required to move our life force into this more open and nurturing relationship with Life.
Think of climate change and endangered species, and animals like the polar bear might come to mind. But the vast majority of species affected by climate change are in fact insects. And though small, their impact is huge.
‘Bioinspiration’—using phenomena in biology to stimulate research in non-biological science and technology—is a strategy that suggests new areas for research. Beyond its potential to nucleate new ideas, bioinspiration has two other interesting characteristics. It can suggest subjects in research that are relatively simple technically; it can also lead to areas in which results can lead to useful function more directly than some of the more familiar areas now fashionable in chemistry. Bioinspired research thus has the potential to be accessible to laboratories that have limited resources, to offer routes to new and useful function, and to bridge differences in technical and cultural interactions of different geographical regions.
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Interesting reflections from Thom Hartmann on the recent rat research demonstrating capacities for 'empathy' in the little creatures. Empathetically, rats may be demonstrating more innate intelligence than certain political interests who place narrow self-interest above the wellbeing of less fortunate.
Clearly, belief in the indispensability of economic growth, while deeply rooted in governments virtually worldwide, is quite recent. The common view that growth has always been an important objective of government is mistaken.
That growth is inextricably bound up with human nature is an even greater mistake, if it makes us think that there really is no alternative to economic growth. Understanding that growth is not a necessary goal of government policy is critical if we are to imagine alternative economic futures.
What we measure reveals both our worldview and our values. It is time to wildly revision what it is to be human... and in doing so to also revision what it is that makes life richly fulfilling. What is it we really want to grow in our lives?
Mashable, March 16 2014 -▶ NEW STUDY: GREENLAND MELTING IS MORE PERVASIVE THAN THOUGHT, ADDING TO SEA LEVEL FEARS. “Nature is changing faster than expected and seems to respond much stronger than expected to small fluctuations,” he said. “This also means that predictions of future sea level rise need to be revised.” http://mashable.com/2014/03/16/greenland-ice-melt-sea-level-rise/
Climate Progress, June 10, 2014 -▶ A DUSTY GREENLAND IS SPEEDING UP GLACIAL MELT.
A paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience suggests that dust particles embedded in Greenland’s massive ice sheet are gathering more heat than the otherwise white, reflective surface would and causing melting to accelerate. The scientists write that “recent warming in the Arctic has induced an earlier disappearance of the seasonal snow cover, uncovering large areas of bare soil and thus enhancing dust erosion.”
Dust absorbs the sunlight and re-radiates it as heat. This causes earlier snowmelt that in turn exposes ice beneath the snow sooner than otherwise would have been expected — creating a feedback loop.
-▶ AN UNRECOGNIZABLE ARCTIC Arctic systems may be reaching “tipping points” —critical moments in time where a small change has large, potentially irreversible impacts (see sidebar) http://climate.nasa.gov/news/958
August 01, 2013 Mongabay -▶ CLIMATE COULD WARM MORE RAPIDLY THAN ANY TIME IN THE LAST 65 MILLION YEARS According to a new review of 27 climate models, scientists say the global climate is likely to experience a warmth as great as any in the last 65 million years, only much, much faster... http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0801-hance-climate-pace.html
Warren Bennis touched so many of us so deeply… from students and consultants, to CEOs and U.S. Presidents. His depth of mind and presence of character set an example for us all. A young platoon leader in World War II, a provost and a president at universities, and scholar, Warren [...]
Larry Glover's insight:
"If you want to know what you think, write!"
And so Warren touched me as he did so many of us. Thank you, Warren.
Here's one of the more optimistic articles on the current mass extinction that I've seen. And while still acknowledging:
"Scientists can't be sure of the current die-off rate, perhaps because much of it is happening to beetles and other insects that are notoriously overlooked. But according to that new study in Science, the total number of such invertebrates fell by half over the past 35 years while the human population doubled. Other recent studies suggest that the current extinction rate is roughly 1,000 times faster than the average pace in Earth's history. That makes this the fastest extinction event on record, even if it is not yet a mass die-off."
How can we be creatively, or wildly, resilient if we are not embodied? My experience is that anything, qi gong-dancing-yoga..., anything that brings me more into my body boosts my creativity. Other research demonstrates, contrary to this study, creativity benefits to time spent outdoors. It will be interesting as research flushes this out further.
Climate destabilization has been on the military's radar for years as a growing security threat...still political inaction remains. Question becomes, whose short term interests are served by supporting denial and inaction?
I now know that everything I want is already within me. I also know that success is within every one of us and that until we own and embrace the truth within us, we will restlessly search for fulfillment for the rest of our lives....
Larry Glover's insight:
Learning to define success from the inside out is a key movement in the restoration of our wild resiliency, in moving from extrinsic motivation to intrinsic, in moving from protection and scarcity to generosity and sufficiency. A good article here.
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