BSB 190     J. Morris Hicks     (2-28-19)  
Taboo of Talking About the Unimaginable  
Unimaginable what?

The increasing possibility that  human life as we know it, may come  to an end before the end of this century - no matter what globally coordinated steps we might take to save ourselves.

My first impulse in dealing with the "unimaginable" has been to ask myself, "What can I do to help reduce the chances of that tragedy coming to pass?"

With that in mind, since 9-21-18  I have been posting weekly blogs (BSBs) about a vision for how we might completely reinvent the way we live on this planet in an effort to salvage an enjoyable and sustainable way of life for all. 

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If we move quickly, I believe that it is possible for our new lifestyles to look something like this.

Why must we change? That's the problem, most people just want to continue living the way we are now: earning money, buying stuff, sending kids to college, having fun and looking forward to retirement.  

Now, a professor in the UK has taken that discussion to a whole new level - calling it deep adaptation . He and other "big picture" thinkers have realized that we're going to have to  change every single aspect of the way we now live. 

Meet Dr. Jem BendellDr. Bendell  teaches sustainability leadership at the University of Cumbria in the UK. 

Like me, Dr. Bendell has recently begun focusing on the "taboo" topic that most would prefer to avoid. In the video below, he does a masterful job of explaining how and why we must get over our natural instincts to ignore the most important topic in the history of humanity:

The rapidly increasing possibility that our civilization  may collapse and that we could go extinct   

Toward the middle of his talk, after he sets the somber stage of reality by citing a few scientific conclusions that no one wanted to hear - he pauses and asks the audience to share how they are feeling at that precise moment. 

Testing one "feeling" at a time, he asks them to stand up if one or more of these seven words described their current feelings:

Anxiety, Shock, Skepticism, Anger, Sadness, Grief and/or Motivation?

About half stood up for anxiety and some remained standing as he ticked off some of the other feelings. Surprisingly, more people were feeling motivation to take action than there were people who were feeling skepticism.

As for those who felt skepticism, he invites them to read his lengthy  July 2019 paper on Deep Adaptation - adding that nothing would make him happier than if they were able to debunk his findings that denial is futile. 

As for that futility of "denial," I found it refreshing to hear him talk about the typical human reactions to devastating news like the kind that he was sharing.  I loved the way he emphasizes "big picture" thinking as he speaks on these delicate issues.
As he states, many will want to just get busy trying to make a difference,  not realizing that things like doubling down on reducing carbon emissions or just trying harder to live greener - will be of little value unless we totally reinvent the existing "system" of how we interact with nature on this planet.  

Scroll on down to view Dr. Bendell's enlightening talk as he picks up where Dr. Rupert Read left off when it comes to the use of the word "taboo" when talking about delicate topics. 
Now for that 44-minute video. Don't have that much time? Well, at least watch the first 20 minutes; then ask yourself if you could see watching this video with a group of ten or twelve close friends or family members. 

If you do, I suggest pausing to ask them about how they are feeling at the moment when Bendell asks his audience that same question.

Deep Adaptation - Jem Bendell & Toni Spencer
Deep Adaptation - Professor Jem Bendell

The Bottom Line. We must get comfortable discussing this most important of all topics. Because if we cannot even talk about it, it is certain that we'll never figure out how to make the best of a rapidly worsening situation: 

Climate scientists now agree that we've passed certain crucial tipping points, meaning that no matter what we do, we no longer have a chance of stopping or reversing climate "disruption," as Dahr Jamail is now calling it.   

That means our choices are boiling down to a combination of two actions: 

Mitigation: Working urgently to avoid the worst effects of climate change 

Adaptation: Quickly coming to grips with the dramatic changes we must make in the way we live. 

The quicker we begin to act responsibly as it relates to the ecosystem that gives us life, the more comfortable will be our lives the future - assuming that we're able to salvage a life at all. Here's one idea for a "big picture" solution as to how our lives might look in the future. 

followed by this one a month later

Since then, I have posted a related BSB on this topic every single week and here are links to six of them.

So What can you do?  Three things:

1. Live as greenly as possible while doing all that you can to raise the awareness of "big picture" solutions that are ultimately necessary to save our civilization.

2. Share this BSB and my  "Mama Ain't Happy" BSB with prominent journalists, thought leaders and/or elected officials whom you respect. They need to learn a lot more about the many reasons why  Mama ain't happy.

3. Help me find thoughtful audiences where I can speak freely about the most important topic in the history of humanity.

Until next time, just remember...

Humanity is on a collision course with Nature.
A damaged Nature will survive. We may not.
We must change course to avert an ecological disaster.

Be well,

J. Morris (Jim) Hicks 
CEO, 4Leaf Global, LLC

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Need  a speaker for your group?  My updated topic for 2019:  Saving our Civilization -- Earth as a "System"

 (now contains 5-minute video of me speaking in Tucson) 

Upcoming events.  My next  public presentation
will be in April at the University of Scranton - an event co-sponsored by The Greenhouse Project and the Environmental Studies concentration at the university. 

In 2018, I spoke at a  VegFest in  Fort Myers, at  in Honolulu and Kahului, Maui, the   College of the Holy Cross  in Worcester, MA, a  Plant Powered Manhattan  event in New York, and at a lakeside health conference in  South Haven, Michigan

Link to a 56-minute video of my April 2018 talk in Honolulu:  Food. Health. Planet. Our Future as a Species.

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