Permission to look the other way granted
I have deliberately written this post before reading anyone elses. I have done this because I have generally not engaged with the new IPCC report and therefore I don't know much about it and if I read everyones posts then it will tell me all kinds of things I wouldn't have known otherwise!
So surely as a transitioner I should keep up to date on the latest thinking on Climate Change and Peak Oil? Well actually no, not in my opinion. I studied environmental science at university so I am fully aware of the mechanisms and potential impacts of Climate Change and Peak Oil. I found studying this at University incredibly disempowering and depressing, 3 years of learning about everything that was going wrong in the world (admitedly a few of the potential solutions too) and not actually doing anything practical about it. What saved me from despair was actually finding my local Transition Initiative and getting practical with lots of other local people who also wanted to take action for a positive future. Since then that has always been my focus, working on the alternatives, building the path we will need to take us to a better future. That is why I joined Transition, for it's positive vision and practical actions and that is still why I am involved today.
Don't get me wrong I have by no means forgotten that Climate Change and Peak Oil are there, I just choose to have an abundance mind-set as it is termed in permaculture, rather than a scarcity mindset. So I focus on the wealth of opportunities for creating a better world for everyone and making them happen, rather than getting immobilised with fear and getting tempted to label other people as the problems. This works for me as a motivation, I know other people get motivated by fear, but I won't even watch scary movies, so I am definitely not one of them!!
So yes I am aware that the new IPCC report has come out, yes I could have predicted beforehand that things were looking pretty sketchy and that we weren't doing much about it, but no I don't feel the need to read all of the distressing facts it contains I would much rather go for a walk outside and celebrate the nature that is still here, take action to lock up my personal carbon emissions, connect with other people doing amazing things, build the resilience of my local community and generally get on with creating a happier, more peaceful, more joyful and abundant world. Will you join me?
Photos: appreciating the beauty of nature