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  •  I missed this the first time around, SolarMom (8+ / 0-)

    This is a really well written diary that not only educates but hits all the different aspects of the larger issues, from political action, to infrastructure, to personal action, to psychological and really spiritual questions.

    One thing I disagree with

    I SUCK at inspiring
    I think writing like this and participating in the conversation both online and sparking the conversation in real life is what inspiration is all about. I don't think we can get away with just finding the right slogan or meme, and expect people to really tune in, as your son so aptly proved.

    Even though it's frustrating as hell because we know that we need to act fast and big we do have to also be willing to do small local acts and talks, one person at a time, because that also how the kind of communities we envision will have to function. Small d democracy, there's no way around it. Yes, sure, we gotta get the big polluters to stop polluting, but we the people have to also get ready for what that means for all of us: we won't be able to get all our quick fixes and easy conveniences anymore, which right now still plays a big part of what enables the polluters.

    I grapple with the questions of how to inspire and how to not despair and get frustrated with it all in the face of its bigness, and here's what I came up with a while ago:

    What If We Stopped Freaking Out About Climate Change?
    Fear is paralyzing us. How do we get over it, and find our way back to courage, power and joy?

    I don't know if that's helpful and some people think it's an excuse, but to me the climate crisis is as much as much a crisis of the human heart as it is of the human mind.

    Thanks for this great diary, it really inspired me! : )

    Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out. - Vaclav Havel

    by citisven on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 06:25:09 PM PDT

    •  Thank you, Sven! (7+ / 0-)

      I'm going to go read your piece now, that you linked.

      I worry about this, because it's so hard to get people to grasp the magnitude of the problem - we're just not wired to act on big problems that are perceived to be in the future.

      It seems like we have to find positive ways through (your diaries on bicycling are an fine example of that), or show how the climate change is real and immediate to people's lives (like Fish's diary last hour).

      Or show people what they can do that really matters and has an effect they can see (like putting up solar panels or driving an electric car).

      “Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” -- FDR, 1936

      by SolarMom on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 06:31:53 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the diary SolarMom! (7+ / 0-)

        And, please, read mine tomorrow too (3PM Eastern, noon Pacific) - my diary is on exactly this topic, and what we (my husband and I) are doing about it through an ongoing series of short videos.  You are exactly right, without solutions, talking about the devastation is a huge turn-off, and one we can't afford when we need a mobilized populace.  

        In the meantime, you can check out our video series here --- funny, engaging, and informative (we hope) --- with ACTIONS and really, really, easy to share.

        Haven't played that game you mentioned but have heard of it and keep meaning to check it out.

        Thanks again for bringing this up.  Trying our best to solve this so-important problem.

        Don't Just Sit There - Do Something! --- a humorous take on climate news, climate science, with easy things everyone can do to make a difference.

        by Dont Just Sit There DO SOMETHING on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 07:11:11 PM PDT

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        •  I absolutely will read it (2+ / 0-)

          I may be leaving work around 3 Eastern, so I may not get to read til later - I've been trying to pop on and at least tip and rec the climate diaries during the day, but can only occasionally take the time to read.

          “Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” -- FDR, 1936

          by SolarMom on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:29:10 AM PDT

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