Earth’s Environmental Crises and Opportunities for Change

During this time of significant change in our social and ecological worlds, what do narrative ideas and practices offer our clients, ourselves, and our wider communities? Is it possible to have an inspired relationship with Earth’s crises and with these vast opportunities for change? In the face of immobilizing feelings, what sparks generative action? How might externalization reveal forces that render people small and helpless, and open spaces for inspired resistance, protest, and regenerative response? Can marginalized and liberative narratives be uplifted and given to shaping a world that is life-sustaining for all species?

EECO Team: Jenny Freeman, Merle Conyer, Akansha Vaswani-Bye and Peggy Sax

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Regeneration

Regeneration is a website described as a “response to the urgency of the climate crisis." Watch Paul Hawken, founder of the project, describing why local change matters and how we, as individuals can think about climate change. Included on the website are challenges and solutions than can spark stepping into agency.

We want to  highlight various initiatives and resources that can help you and your clients answer the question, “What can I do?” – no matter how big or little – to respond.

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Toward Storying a Life-Sustaining Future

“Climate change (global warming) is just a symptom, like a fever, and not the disease itself. The underlying problem is the ecological emergency, the destruction of our ecosystems, the destruction of our home.” Dr Linda Theyer GTEC reader

Narrative therapists are ideally placed to engage community and clients in transformational responses to the crises and stunning opportunities of these wild times, which deserve creative courage. We, you and us and our community can contribute to that transformation, through our circles…those whose lives we touch and are touched by. What counter-stories, what liberative narratives, what visions of possibility can we offer?

Considering ourselves as ‘citizen therapists,’ as part of a ‘global citizen’s movement,’ how do we step outside of the box, beyond ‘business as usual’ practices, to invite awareness and potentials for engagement? What might narrative therapy including collective narrative practice offer? How can we come together in positive community, tuned into our natural surroundings, as we respond to questions about our relationship-  personally and professionally- to these wild times? Each of us have stirrings and unique gifts to offer. What are we called to?

Can we breathe deep,  resist the disconnected extractive culture’s trance of ‘business as usual’ and respond to this call with curiosity and with fierce love and gratitude for our Earth?

Getting Inspired

Read our News Blog: What Can We Do?

Around the world, our narrative colleagues are speaking up and taking action. Here are some illustrations:

Resources for Our Envisionment and Activism

“A racist system that values some lives over others creates the sacrifice zones that fuel climate chaos. Only by ending that system can we create a new economy that prioritizes the health of all over the wealth of a few, an economy that doesn’t depend on destroying the ecosystems that humans and wildlife need to survive.”  Hop Hopkins, Sierra Club

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