For 8 years the Green Times has focused on solution oriented stories, believing that our readers, like myself, would be inspired to follow those excellent examples. Trusting that innovation would grow similar brain connections, following the thought “wow, if they can, so can I.” This is what motivates me. I trust this has also contributed to many creative initiatives…
But that is only part of the story. As journalist I am also exposed to the truth – all truths, even those leading to uncomfortable insights, which may be hard to face. That to me is the ethics of journalism. I am motivated to change, also by sad and sometimes depressing stories. Like more people dying from the heat in Pakistan, the floods in New Zealand, the sixth extinction now in full swing. Raging fires in the Arctic – worse than ever before. Imagining what it’s like to live in these places, feeling the distress… Knowing that it could have been me.
So we are determined to bring you more balanced coverage. For the rate of change in our behaviour is simply not fast enough. In the past we wrote about threats, now they are consequences. More severe each month. No longer tomorrow, but today. Too much evidence calls for a total mind shift.
What are we waiting for?
Eco psychologists tell us that we are immobilised as we avoid the pain. Apathy is a refusal to suffer. So of course it’s nice to read good news. Who doesn’t want to feel better? But does this move you? Does this make you question every move you make? Every drop of water you use, every element you burn, every kilometer you drive, every light you switch on, every purchase you make?
Separation illness – our disconnect from our source - sent us careering into destructive habits. We lost the sense of enoughness. This speaks of addiction. Blindly pursuing something in the hope of feeling better, but beyond the immediate high, I am yet worse off.
Why are some further ahead on the journey of healing, of reconnection with the earth, whilst others remain oblivious?
The answer seems to lie within the feeling function. Unless we’re totally ignorant, we are all in the grief process. The planet is in mourning, and we are part of her. We are in this demise together, joined at the hip. This leads to chaos in many places. Political unrest, collapsing systems, climate shocks. If we open our minds and hearts to the truth, we cannot but feel the pain. And this is the mobilising factor. How can I know what I know and not devote my life to it? As a mother, that is impossible.
Every feeling person will have their own personal response. Taking responsibility within your circle of influence, growing that, using your particular skills and gaining more knowledge. To move in and through the pain, towards action. This is our sacred journey now. It is easy to get stuck along the way. The bulk of our society is possibly still in denial. This is the first stage of grief. Disbelief. So we have compassion with that too.
Let’s support each other in this process. If you battle, reach out. We need each other. Action is the antidote to despair. Find more good stuff on our Facebook timeline.
Enjoy this issue, respond, contribute, be active and move forward.
Elma and the team
PS. Remember to check out the green events on our calendar.
Nineteen African nations met this week in Tanzania to finalise a ‘plant protection’ protocol that would open up the continent’s seeds to corporate interests, taking away farmers’ rights to grow, improve, sell and exchange their traditional seeds.
Karl Bremer Office Block in Bellville, Cape Town, is the first project to achieve a Socio-Economic Category (SEC) Pilot rating in Africa as part of its 5-Star Green Star SA rating, announced the Green Building Council of SA.
Non-governmental and farmer organisations from across Africa have strongly condemned the go-ahead given by the South African authorities for “drought tolerant” GMO maize seed to be cultivated in South Africa.
Rocking the Daisies, SA's greenest music fest, is going all out for its 10th birthday this year. The international acts so far announced are Australia’s beloved Cat Empire, British indie rockers The Kooks and German folk duo Milky Chance.
"This first encyclical on the environment brings the world a step closer to that tipping point where we abandon fossil fuels and fully embrace clean renewable energy for all, by the middle of the century."
Ecuador plans to auction off more than three million hectares of pristine Amazonian rainforest to Chinese oil companies, angering indigenous groups and underlining the global environmental toll of China’s insatiable thirst for energy.
The Madidi National Park in Bolivia is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, even hosting 11% of the world’s bird species. This natural life is set to be threatened by looming plans for extensive hydrocarbon exploration activities.
We are currently witnessing the start of a mass extinction event the likes of which have not been seen on Earth for at least 65 million years. This is the alarming finding of a new study published in the journal Science Advances.
There’s nothing worse than having to go to summer school on a rainy, miserable Monday. Unless, of course, you’re a climate expert trying to boost your expertise on how to minimize the risks of climate and climate change.
The global epidemic of violence against women and their systematic exclusion from the power structures that rule us are integral to man’s violent exploitation of Earth and her resources, writes Nafeez Ahmed.