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Some daunting facts

Last night I was (finally) reading last weekend’s NYT Sunday Magazine and this article about Paul Kingsnorth, an environmentalist who has abandoned hope for stopping climate change, spoke to me (click to read it). Here’s an excerpt from the piece that relates directly to our stated goal for 350 Dreamers, which I started in 2009 in response to 350.org’s call to take action to join together to stop global climate change:

… The first decade of the 21st century was shaping up to be the hottest in recorded history. In 2007, the Arctic sea ice shrank to a level not seen in centuries. That same year, the NASA climatologist James Hansen, who has been ringing the climate alarm since the 1980s, announced that in order to elude the most devastating consequences, we’d need to maintain carbon dioxide in the atmosphere at a level of 350 parts per million. But we’d already surpassed 380, and the figure was rising. (It has since reached 400 p.p.m.) Animal and plant species, meanwhile, were dying out at a spectacular rate. Scientists were beginning to warn that human activity — greenhouse-gas emissions, urbanization, the global spread of invasive species — was driving the planet toward a “mass extinction” event, something that has occurred only five times since life emerged, 3.5 billion years ago. (Daniel Smith, NYT Magazine, April 17, 2014)

I don’t agree with everything Kingsnorth says in the article, but in it he talks about about taking time to grieve, feel, and face what is happening in our world–a sentiment that strikes me as deeply true and necessary.

A dreamer’s response

The article also inspired me to put into words what I feel my role as a dreamer, and our role as members of 350 Dreamers, might be. I believe that as dreamers, we have a unique perspective that can support us and our communities as environmental changes continue to manifest at a breathtaking pace:

  • We dreamers know that first and foremost, we don’t run away from the monsters in our nightmares, we turn and face them instead.
  • We dreamers know that when we face a nightmare rather than shut it out, we become more than we ever dreamed we could be thanks to it.
  • As dreamers we know there is healing wisdom in even the most disturbing dream image.
  • As dreamers we learn to stay awake and aware in our dreams–and in daylight.
  • As dreamers we learn to bear witness to, and stay present to, all of it.
  • And as dreamers we know how to access guidance from our best selves–that part of each one of us that transcends the ordinary and connects us to the extraordinary.
  • Our dreams teach us that internal energetic shifts manifest loving change in the outside world. Activism can be quiet and invisible, and can take root one heart at a time.

Each of these skills and awarenesses can serve us as we face the nightmarish effects of global climate change, and help us to become agents of hope and compassion–in spite of the enormity of the problems we face.

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(Sylvia…thank you for sharing your dream with me today, which crystalizes these themes so clearly, and thank you for offering to share that dream with 350 Dreamers whenever you are able.)

 

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What: We invite you to dream with us in our quest to use the power of dreams to help heal Planet Earth!

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December 21, 2012 has come and gone, and the predictions of the end of the world proved false.

But talk of apocalypse continues. I hear it as an undercurrent in conversations about recent super storms, asteroids, meteorites, climate change, and political unrest.

So, it’s not surprising that I’d have a dream about the world ending … and I suspect I’m not the only one having apocalyptic dreams.

I woke from the following dream on the morning of Feb. 8, 2013. I decided, after talking to friends and hearing their comments about how the world as we know it seems surely to be ending, that I would share this dream publicly. I do so because its messages were helpful to me, and I imagine they might be to others, too.

For example, at one point in the dream, as the end draws near, I wonder, “Couldn’t something wonderful happen, too?” This is a perspective, I realized, on waking, that is lost in all the (very understandable) fear about the changes and upheavals our planet is going through. But I’d like to plant this possibility into the discourse. Isn’t it possible, after all, that some as yet undreamed of good will come of all these changes? Even the apparent destruction? You know the old saying: What looks like the end of the world to the caterpillar is really a butterfly!

I also loved the dream’s wisdom about what it takes to wake up: Feeling emotions and touching others!

So, here it is:

DREAM REPORT 2-8-13

“End of the World”

The temperatures on Earth have changed beyond sustainability, a “newscaster” informs us. Not even scientists can predict what will take place, the  male voice explains, but if we look out our windows now we’ll see what will happen. Trees will die, facades will fall from buildings, and who knows what else will occur.

It does look bleak outside, and I can see some trees beginning to fall. But I wonder: “Couldn’t something wonderful happen, too?” Perhaps instead of just devastation, there will also be some wonderful global transformation as a result of the changes in climate.

I “wake” to find it is three months later. A woman explains that people have slipped into a state of unconsciousness, similar to that of animals–that is, until they feel an emotion or physically touch someone.

There is only a small group of people who do this (feel and touch) with some frequency. But we are able to come briefly into consciousness when we do. 

[end of dream]

I would be interested to know who else is dreaming of the world’s end, and what your dreams look and feel like.

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Dream with 350(+) Dreamers for global healing the night of March 11, 2013. Read the “Dream With Us” section of this blog for details … and/or join us on Facebook.

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DREAM with us on Thursday night, 12/13, in our quest to use the power of dreams to help heal the planet Earth in the face …of global climate change.

Dream, journey and/or vision to bring healing energy to the Earth on the night of the new moon, 12/13/12.

Before bed on that night, set your intention to have a healing dream for our planet. Write this intention down and be prepared with a pen, notebook and flashlight next to your bed to record any dreams or fragments you recall.
Then post your dreams (or dream fragment, reflection, whatever you have) here on our blog as a comment.
We have the power to create positive, healing change.

We have dreamers signed up from Puerto Rico, Panama, Belgium, Canada, Japan, Argentina, Belgium, The Netherlands, The United States and more … we hope you’ll add your state or nation to the list!

Wishing healing dreams to one and all!
–Tzivia

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Suggestion: Use this image by one of our talented dreamers, Brenda Ferrimani, to help focus your dream incubation for our Sept. 16 dream for global healing. [Image Credit: “Mother Protection”, by Brenda Ferrimani http://www.brendaferrimanidreamart.com ]

On the night of 9/16/12, Join 350+ Dreamers (we’re now more than 540 dreamers from around the globe!) and dream with us for global healing. Here’s how:DREAM with us on Sunday night, 9/16, in our quest to use the power of dreams to help heal the planet Earth in the face …of global climate change.
Dream, journey and/or vision to bring healing energy to the Earth on the night of the new moon, 9/16/12.

Before bed on that night, set your intention to have a healing dream for our planet. Write this
intention down and be prepared with a pen, notebook and flashlight next to your bed to record any dreams or fragments you recall.
Then post your dreams (or dream fragment, reflection, whatever you have) here on our blog as a comment!We have the power to create positive, healing change.We have dreamers signed up from Puerto Rico, Panama, Belgium, Canada, Japan, Argentina, Belgium, The Netherlands, The United States and more … we hope you’ll add your state or nation to the list!

Wishing healing dreams to one and all!

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama about Climate Change

What follows is a letter my friend Molly and I wrote to President Barack Obama. We also modified it slightly and sent it to our representatives in the Senate and Congress. We invite you to use this letter as a template that you can personalize and send to your representatives, too.

Dreamers take action!

President Barack Obama

1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Washington, DC  20500

August 14, 2012

Dear President Obama,

As we sit down to write this letter, we are feeling deep and urgent concern about the state of our environment.  As the drought in the Midwest continues day by day to worsen, as the threat of tornadoes increases in Massachusetts, a state where such a weather phenomenon was once a rarity, and as we endure day after day of record-breaking temperatures … the effects of climate change seem all too clear, and we are heartsick over the implications.

The vast majority of reputable scientists agree that global warming is indeed occurring and is due to increased CO2 in the atmosphere.   A new study by  NASA’s James Hansen and the National Academy of Sciences** confirmed that recent extreme weather events are in fact due to climate change..

Our concern goes far beyond the physical discomfort that we and others are experiencing due to these weather events, but extends to the economic and societal repercussions.  Locally and regionally, we are aware that our towns, cities, and states cannot sustain this constant need to clean up after hurricanes, tornadoes and freak storms like the one that devastated our area in late October 2011 or Hurricane Irene in August 2011.  Viewed nationally, the problem only multiplies.

Even if climate change were only an economic issue, it’s clear that it is far cheaper to act now, rather than wait for more frequent and severe disasters to occur. From a purely economic perspective, climate change is a fiscal disaster unfolding before our eyes.  How long can our country afford to pay to respond to these recurring natural disasters, not to mention the consequences of rising sea levels that will soon pose catastrophic scenarios?

The environmental crisis we now face can no longer be seen as a fringe or special interest issue.  We see no other way to view this except to say that climate change is the overriding issue of our time! And it is past time to take action.

If we fail to act, or even hesitate any longer, our world can and will be changed in ways that are heretofore unprecedented.

We are counting on you, Mr.  President, to use your intelligence, persuasive power and leadership ability to take on this political beast of an issue.   How could you, in good conscience, not take decisive leadership on this disaster in the making?  This situation transcends political partisanship, election-year maneuvers, and all other petty concerns.  This matter concerns every human being and creature on this planet, regardless of political parties or national boundaries.   As a powerful and influential country, the United States must lead the way for all nations. We must set an example by grappling with the political difficulties that are inherent in this situation.  Is confronting this problem head on a political risk?  Absolutely.  But this is a risk that must be taken.

Again, let us stress that this is the moment for strong and decisive leadership that is informed by reason, science, and compassion.  If we do not meet this challenge; if we do not act swiftly and wisely, we fear that unimaginable suffering will be the fate of ourselves and the generations that follow.

Although we take what actions we can as citizens and as voters, we feel powerless when we see the utter inaction on the political level.  We are imploring you as as President to take this issue as seriously as we do.

Effective action will require more than incremental changes.   These are the actions we request that you take:

  • Take a strong public stand on the issue:  convince the public of the seriousness of climate change and articulate what you plan to do to combat it.
  • Do whatever is in your power to prevent utilization of tar sands, which would unleash so much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that it would be game over for preventing climate change.
  • End subsidies to fossil fuel industries.
  • Impose a carbon tax on these same industries as outlined by Bill McKibben* of 350.org and NASA’s James Hansen**.  The collected tax monies under this plan would then be equally distributed to all Americans to offset the inevitable price increases that would be passed on to consumers by the fossil fuel companies.  This would be an incentive for consumers to use less, thus significantly reducing our carbon output.  Those who make carbon-friendly choices would be fiscally rewarded.
  • Implement a Civilian Energy Conservation Corps to insulate and weatherize the nation’s existing housing stock.
  • And finally, we urge you to support renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydro power.

Our country has the resources, the vision, and the intellectual capital to rise to this challenge.  We are counting on you to take a strong and definitive stance at this crucial moment in the history of our nation and our world.

Sincerely,

Molly Hale and Tzivia Gover


* Published on July 19, 2012 by Rolling Stone, “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math,” http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719

** Published on August 5, 2012 by The Washington Post, “Climate Change is Here — and Worse Than We Thought,” https://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/08/05