For a quick look at the model for Collective Climate Grief and a brief description of the theory underlying that model, and to appreciate it’s utility in facilitating social transformation through individual catharsis, please have a look at the amazing poster by Alejandro Anastasio which I presented at the Mind & Life Institute’s International Symposium in Boston (Nov. 2014):
You’ll find a link at the end of the bulleted items there to a more in-depth treatment of the model and theory in the paper which you can jump to here: Climate Catharsis.
ANNOUNCING WORLDWIDE BOOK RELEASE!
If you are interested in my new book, you can now find it on Amazon as a Kindle Book (the Kindle App is free) here:
Or you can order it in paperback here: CLIMATE SENSE
“This book is a clarion call to awakening for everyone who feels ‘at a loss’ over our collective failure to respond sensibly to the accelerating climate crisis. Zhiwa Woodbury seems to have his finger on the pulse of our species. The depth of his insight into the human heart, along with his grasp of its promise, offers realistic hope that we will rise to the challenge – and be transformed in the process. Everyone who cares about Mother Earth will rejoice in this book.”
~ Joanna Macy, Ph.D., co-author of Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy.
You can read brief synopses of the chapters here:
- Ch. 1: The Banality of Climate Change
- Ch. 2: The End of Life as We Know It
- Ch. 3: Radical Interdependence: The Rise of a New World View
- Ch. 4: Climate Catharsis: Grieving the Loss of our Natural Selves
- Ch. 5: Healing Our Broken Hearts
- Ch. 6: The Great Awakening: Finding Redemption Through Natural Grieving
- Ch. 7: Healing Ourselves, Healing Earth
The ideas in this book were developed from years of field research, development, and feedback on the introductory papers on the subject of ‘climate grief’ – leading up to the paper Climate Catharsis. There is now a virtual book study and open support group on FB as well: Reclaiming Hope Amidst Chaos. I try to post there daily, and welcome reader posts as well.
For a more thorough update, in conversational form, about the collective climate grieving process, where we are in it, and how we can get in touch with it in a way that brings acceptance, joy and effective action, check out Jackson Foster’s Plantriotic podcast #27: Ecopsychology of Climate Change.
Or for more current conversation, we announced the publication on The Lifeboat Hour with Carolyn Baker. Like Joanna Macy, Carolyn is one of the most skillful planetary hospice caregivers on the planet, and you should definitely go to her web site for healing as well.
Here are a few of the more generous praises for Planetary Hospice: Rebirthing Planet Earth:
This brilliant and beautifully researched paper by Zhiwa Woodbury frames our work in a way that can release fresh understandings and energy.
~ Joanna Macy, Ph.D., author, eco-philosopher, etc!
I am so in awe of this stunning article on Planetary Hospice that has absolutely blown me away along with many others.
~ Carolyn Baker, Ph.D., author, radio host, blogger: “Speaking Truth to Power”
This is exactly the kind of brilliantly rendered language emerging from deeply resonant awareness that is needed to map a transformation in human collective intent NOW. So grateful!
~ Ann Kreilkamp, Ph.D., author, magazine founder and editor
Everything that I have been carrying in my heart you have put into words on the pages of Planetary Hospice. Your work is a powerful backdrop to awakening… to who we truly are… our real identity… a necessary backdrop.
~ Diane de Simone, author, researcher, poet
These are interesting times we inhabit, as the old Chinese curse says. It is imperative that we cultivate a compassionate response to the tumult that awaits us. We must transform this adversity into regenerating planet Earth. That means abandoning the illusion of separation and scientific materialism in favor of the reality of interdependent arising and spirituality.
We can do this. As soon as we gain critical mass, a catalyst will present itself, and we will take the quantum leap in collective consciousness that is being summoned by Mother Earth and our own true nature.
Are you ready to go down the rabbit hole?