Resilience, the Global Challenge, and the Human Predicament

By Michael Lerner, Kosmos Journal

We face a perfect storm of environmental, social, technological, economic, geopolitical and other global stressors. These global stressors interact in unpredictable ways. The pace of future shocks is increasing. The prospect for civilizational collapse is real. We need to build meaningful resilience. There are four questions about how to build resilience: 1.  How do we prepare ourselves and those we love? 2. How do we prepare our communities, networks, tribes, and organizations? 3. How do we prepare our states, countries, and international communities? 4. How do we prepare at a global level? This human predicament goes by many names. The global challenge. The global problematique. Limits to growth. The end of the world as we know it. The prospect for civilizational collapse. All refer to the perfect storm of global biosphere and societal stressors interacting in complex and unpredictable ways. Environmental stressors include: – Climate change, sea-level rise, and changing...

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Gardening as a Political Act of Necessary Beauty

By Adrian Ayres Fisher, Ecological Gardening

"We are the children of our landscape; it dictates behavior and even thought in the measure to which we are responsive to it." (Lawrence Durrell) As I write, it’s the first day of spring. I’ve been busy with tasks ordained by the season: checking the gardens for winter damage, deciding what flats of sedges and flowers to order, starting seeds in the greenhouse and considering what vegetables to put in. The sap is finally rising; the tall maples have gone fuzzy at the tips of their branches, as they do when in bloom, and the bur oaks have developed the sort of knobbly look on their twigs that announces the swelling of buds. The trees are moving more limberly in response to the wind after prolonged winter stiffness. Still, everything remains, briefly, just barely, in abeyance before the sudden mad rush of April and May. Right now, I’m supposed to be...