Do you ever think about how governments spent $15 trillion to stimulate their economies against the effects of one year of covid but failed to direct much of that spending to #VaccineEquity ensuring new variants & potentially more years of covid impacting those same economies?
Even without a sense of ethics or compassion it’s just very very poor systems thinking.
To spend so much money without accounting for feedback loops should really be considered a violation of basic best practices if policy making.
And if systems thinking is too much to ask, compassion and ethics will usually point you in the same direction since they are guides for acting wisely in complexity & interconnection.

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18 Jul
There can be deep fear, despair, rage, when the reality of the climate crisis permeates one's consciousness. In my experience/observation that can come right away when you first understand the trends, the politics, the science, or later, when all of that has been digested.
That was the early 2000s for me, which I more or less cried through (a few of you were there, like @barbaraeford1). There's no manual for this but also no avoiding it. As far as I know, our choices are (1) to process what's happening or (2) to move through it all numbly.
Processing is hard, but possible.
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15 Jul
Feeling small and insignificant? Find someone else who is too. Now you are twice as powerful.
From The Low Road by Marge Piercy
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12 Jul
In the end, even though it doesn’t feel like it now, we will be better off if our self imposed changes are stronger and faster and more dramatic than the symptomatic changes we are experiencing.
Watch that spike in fires (floods, drought, melting) and ask if the spike in wind, solar, densification, electrification is faster and stronger than it.
The way you get ahead of something changing is to change faster.
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10 Jul
If you are fortunate enough to have vacation time, holidays, paid time off, etc and are spending at least some of it in a way that is carbon efficient (high ratio of quality/meaning/restoration/connection to carbon) I'd love to hear about it.
I'm just winding down a wonderful week where I never left home. Swimming in lakes, ponds, and really cold streams. Picking every fruit that's ripe here and eating it in every manner you can imagine. Strawberries, honey berries, raspberries, cherries, goumi berries.
Freezing, chopping, pitting, drying. Red-stained fingers, sticky counters, delicious smells.
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2 Jul
Carbonization is a choice.
And if you think decarbonization is expensive check out the costs of continued carbonization.
I’m gonna experiment with saying carbonization instead of “business” as usual” or “reference” or “no action”
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29 Jun
A morning thread, of hunches, questions, and intuition in the face of heat waves, floods, pandemic (which isn't over) looming evictions, looming utility disconnections, etc, etc, etc....
Some of what we are seeing, I think, is a system trembling under shocks of its own creation.
Some of what we are seeing, I think, is a system meeting shocks with more of the same (but more blatant, more exposed).
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