How can we change people’s minds and get them involved in the climate change struggle? I’m convinced that there is nothing more effective than personal witness—individuals and groups that “walk the talk.” I became convinced of this in a single moment, on a single evening, at an event in the early 1970s.Read More
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Is the approval of the Kinder-Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline really in the National Interest? Prime Minister Trudeau, Premier of Alberta Rachel Notley, and the National Energy Board (NEB) all say it is. Elizabeth May, head of the federal Green Party, says it is not.Read More
In our last chronicle we discussed the shamanic journey. In this chronicle the Shaman is going to take us on a journey. The journey itself is imaginary. The place he is taking us to is very real— down to the cellular level, to the world beneath cultures.Read More
Some years ago I was giving a workshop in Rankin Inlet, an Inuit village on the west coast of Hudson Bay. There were a number of elders in the group all of whom had lived many years on the land. During one of the breaks I asked them how they would know when it was time to abandon their snow houses and move to a place where the hunting would be better. One of the elders said, “The shaman would tell us.”Read More
In these chronicles I’ve often used the term “Community Climate Change Culture.” This chronicle explains what I mean by “culture”.
My interest in culture began when I lived in Paris. In May of 1968 I was a student working on a degree. I was also working as a student chaplain. I was living in a residence across the street from the Cite Universitaire Internationale, a huge student campus with forty national houses for students from around the world.
Do the religious organizations have a role to play in the climate change challenge? If so, what is it?
(My experience is with mainline Christian churches. They have aging populations and fewer young people joining. For increasing numbers of people the churches seem irrelevant—unable to deal with the modern world’s challenges.)
One reason for this decline is undoubtedly the churches’ problem with science. It is an old problem.