Climate & Ecology
“Humanity is submerged in layers of individual, intergenerational, and collective trauma, but we generally don’t recognize it. This prevents us from addressing the roots of collective challenges we face and keeps us from taking steps toward healing that can transform the systems around us.” A quick but thorough briefing in the types and role of trauma, emphasising its primary role in systems, and asking those of us working on social change to recognise that “only by centering healing practices in the sector’s ways of working can we create the inner spaciousness and external conditions for system transformation to occur.”
Cultivating the Conditions: Philanthropy’s Role in Fortifying the Infrastructure for Narrative Power
“Social justice movements around the globe are expending enormous effort to make advances toward our goal of a more just future—but they are doing so on an unequal playing field while facing jeers from the bleachers, enduring flare-ups of old injuries, and being outmanoeuvred by opponents that are not just better-resourced and highly practiced, but also designed the game… By working together, we can manifest a world where philanthropy’s investments allow for the creation of not just one but many All-Star teams that operate in a distributed yet deeply connected way, one where the seasoned players guide and mentor the rookies and where coaches are co-designing new plays that can secure irreversible victories.”
When Transitional Justice Met Narrative Change Theory
Exploring the potential for coordination between Transitional Justice and Narrative Change efforts, with reference to ‘MemoryWork’ as an opportunity to hold it: ”complementing the need to mourn and create new cemeterial forms for healing…seeking to shift societal narratives about ‘who we are’ and ‘who we want to be’.” Includes reference to various case studies and guidance.
How Do Reparations and Atonement address Planet Repair?
“This article was compiled from questions asked by Green Party Members on Green Spaces in response to the proposal to establish an All-Party Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry for Truth and Reparatory Justice to commit the UK government to atone and make reparations to the descendants of enslaved African people, in accordance with international human rights law.” See here for more on Planet Repairs.
Three posts: ‘Militarism: The closed fist of imperialism’, ‘The socio-ecological toll of militarism’, and ‘Against green militarism’, explore the relationship between war, justice and climate. “Militarism is the primary means by which economic and political sovereignty is denied to states and peoples across the world. It is incompatible with global eco-socialism and planetary liberation”.
Who Is Afraid of Degrowth?
A deep dive through the medium of a graphic novel “that invites you to explore and join this crucial debate about economics, ecology, democracy, human rights, technology, and our future.” An effort to make the debate about degrowth and economics “accessible to climate activists, teachers, students, workers, parents, and anyone else who isn’t a classical economist but wants to help stop climate collapse. The comic contains quotes from a wide range of experts, woven into an engaging narrative that will guide you through this complex topic.”
First Dog On The Moon Runs AMOC
“Are you ready for the collapse of the Atlantic Meriodonal Overturning Circulation?… No you are not.” A satirical take on the evidence that the AMOC is tipping, which would raise sea levels, flip Amazonian seasons, freeze Europe and ‘make climate change go ten times faster’. The advice here includes stocking up on Babybels and ‘dismantling capitalism’s death cult obsession with fossil fuel omnicide’.
How to Fund Narrative Change Ecosystems
Reflections on the Global Narrative Hive gathering last year, with practical suggestions for funders and practitioners. “Narrative change is a fundamentally collective endeavor… In addition to making long-term, unrestricted grants funders need to provide resources in a way that centers the ecosystem rather than individual organizations.” With a clear warning to avoid “unwittingly replicating colonial inheritances, by popularizing (our) own perspectives and practices as the aspirational standard, claiming undue influence as gatekeepers and knowledge bearers,” instead emphasising “collective care” and “cultivating intergenerational solidarity”.
Globally representative evidence on the actual and perceived support for climate action
Evidence pointing to global pluralistic ignorance, “wherein individuals around the globe systematically underestimate the willingness of their fellow citizens to act,“ suggesting that “raising awareness about the broad global support for climate action (is) critically important in promoting a unified response to climate change.” Notable stats from their survey of 130,000 individuals across 125 countries: “69% of the global population expresses a willingness to contribute 1% of their personal income, 86% endorse pro-climate social norms and 89% demand intensified political action.”
Climate Visuals launches a new collection of air pollution photographs
“Improving air quality is essential for addressing racial, gender and income inequalities. It is vital that the voices of people most affected by air pollution are included in campaigns and policy debates on air quality and climate change.” These 200 new photographs, taken in Indonesia, Poland, South Africa and the UK “are freely available for use in the non-profit, editorial and educational sectors and were commissioned in response to the scarcity of accurate, compelling and accessible photojournalism highlighting the impacts of air pollution alongside solutions to the problem.” This forms part of Climate Outreach’s work towards their “goal to be an anti-racist organisation.”
We Feed The UK
“We Feed The UK is a major arts project pairing critically acclaimed photographers and poets with regenerative farmers, urban growers, sustainable fishers and grain rebels: the UK’s custodians of land, soil, sea and seed.” The project “brings together over 40 partners from the environment and arts sectors to tell time-critical stories across urban, rural and coastal areas, ranging from multi-generational, Black-led growing projects in London, to a majority-women workers cooperative in Edinburgh, via sustainable fishing along the south coast.”
The Rise of the Far Right – And What We Can Do About It
An urgent, instructive conversation offering insight, tactics and solidarity for the elections this year and beyond. We are encouraged to understand the ‘fuck you’ vote, beware fragile consensus, and to speak in the language of basics, emotions, and deep purpose. We need to be ‘clear-eyed’ that democracy's promise of equality is impossible in the hands of the modern establishment, and that the nihilism and cynicism about democracy among the young is justified. Ultimately we must avoid navel-gazing self-flagellation and restore our own and others’ faith in humanity, asking ourselves “what’s mine to do?”