For some time now 'out there' a consensus has been building in the scientific community that not only is human-induced climate change irrefutable, but that the window of opportunity for arresting it, let alone reversing it, within a few short years from now, will have closed. As with peak oil a momentous 'tipping point' will have been passed. A related catastrophe in waiting is the almost total dependence of current Western standards of living on a massive energy surplus generated from all fossil fuels. In the 1930s EROEI (Energy Return on Energy Invested) was 100-1 whereas in 2012 it was 14-1 and falling fast. Governments remain under the sway of the industrial growth fetish, and to date will only enact token measures, Their captors and masters, the transnational corporations, promote rampant consumerism, sometimes masked by greenwash. What have therapy and personal development to offer in this dismal context?
We are moved, and moved to act, by our emotions, for better or for worse. Change at the micro level of the individual is a pre-condition for (but not a substitute for) systemic macro level change.
In What on Earth we will endeavour to express our fear, grief, anger, greed, apathy and guilt as they relate to the planetary crisis i.e. global warming and critical weather events, loss of biodiversity and ecological degradation, resource depletion with consequent war and mass migration etc. The workshops will provide a setting where such feelings can be heard without being discounted or rationalised.