Changing the Narrative on Climate
How We See Ourselves in Relationship to Our Planet Matters
In this video of Naomi Klein at Bioneers’ 2014 Annual conference, the award-winning Canadian journalist, international activist and best-selling author (The Shock Doctrine, No Logo), Klein challenges us to “flip” the narrative that has us rooted in seeing the planet as the “thing” we’re called to save – as though planet earth is an endangered species; a staring child; or a pet in need of our love and care. She invites us instead to see we humans as fragile and vulnerable, and the earth as hardy and powerful, holding us in her hands ( as every traditional society society that sees the earth as a mother knows).
When we embrace this concept, our challenge then moves from “saving the earth” to one of figuring out how to save ourselves from an earth that, if pushed to far, has ample power to rock, burn and shake us off completely.
From that vantage point, climate change becomes far more than an “issue” we need to solve. Instead, it becomes a civilizational wake-up call delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts. It demands that we challenge the dominant economic policies of deregulated capitalism and endless resource extraction.
And, with that new understanding, EVERYTHING changes. Climate change just might be the most powerful weapon in the fight for equality and social justice, and real solutions are emerging from the rubble of our failing systems. Watch and enjoy!
NOTE: Eco-Justice Collaborative served as fiscal sponsor and lead organizer for Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago in 2012 and 2013. For information about these events, visit: http://ecojusticecollaborative.org/bioneers-2/.