Earth’s Environmental Crisis and Opportunity

Is it possible to have an inspired, creative relationship with Earth’s environmental crisis and opportunity? Humans’ disconnected relationship and extractive stances to nature are untenable, bringing massive planetary changes. In the face of immobilizing despair, what sparks dynamic movement? What do narrative ideas & practices offer our clients, ourselves, & our wider communities during these wild times? How might externalization reveal forces that render people small & helpless and open spaces for inspired resistance & protest? Calling in ways of being eco-sourced rather than eco-cidal, how do we rise to the occasion with our spheres of influence? Can marginalized & liberative narratives be discovered and offered towards shaping a world that is life-sustaining for all species?

Narrative & Community Workers Needed to Story a Life-Sustaining Future

Team of Curators: Jenny Freeman, Merle Conyer & Akansha Vaswani

I used to think that the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought with 30 years of good science we could address those problems. But I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy…to deal with those, we need a spiritual and cultural transformation –and we scientists don’t know how to do that.   Gus Speth

What if WE do? 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 me, 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?

Times are urgent, let us slow down….“A postactivist investigation might help us recover a sense of wonder and re-enchantment by pointing to ‘other places of power’. Perhaps this is its greatest gift: hacking through habitual patterns of perception and engagement to reorient attention to other sites of potentialities bubbling from the chemical landscapes of the Anthropocene. Bayo Akomolafe

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?

Narrative and Community Work Resources:  In response to Earth’s Environmental Crisis

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?” Jenny Freeman

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