|Climate change, despair and empowerment | Byron Shire NSW, June 4|
|Date||Sat 4 Jun 2011|
|The Climate Change, Despair and Empowerment workshop series aims to support climate action groups and individuals to increase personal empowerment as well as climate action sustainability and effectiveness. |
More and more of us now understand the horror of what climate change will mean for humanity. Yet we live in a culture where there is a profound denial of feeling - and this affects our energy and effectiveness to make change happen.
We are conditioned to repress feelings of grief, fear and anger and avoid their expression. We also learn to deaden ourselves and try to avoid feeling anything at all. This repression takes a heavy toll and causes us to burn out, shut down, become shrill and ineffectual or burdened by quiet despair.
Yet these feelings are an important part of our intelligence. For billions of years our pre-human ancestors used feelings alone to determine what was safe and what was dangerous, and natural selection honed the accuracy of these feelings at every turn. Thinking augments this intelligence but does not replace it. Without robust feelings to back it up, thinking is shallow and lacks authenticity and passion.
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