Joanna Macy

Years ago I was fortunate enough to do a workshop with Joanna Macy. Sometimes referred to as an Eco-philosopher with a PhD, she put me in touch with the grief I feel over the continuing destruction of the planet. That grief, which many, even most share, consciously or unconsciously, has informed at least some of what I do even today.

I went to her site today and found this quote by her on the front page:

The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the way to destroying the world — we’ve actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other.

And right below it is a link to continuing information on the nuclear disaster that continues to unfold in Japan – what a combination!

It was through Macy that I first learned of the Nuclear Guardianship Project, which started in the 1980s and continues today in an effort to both end the use of particularly nuclear weapons and guard them for all time.

Her Corporate History Timeline gives an overview of some of the ways we got here – a view I subscribe to even though it needs some updating, like the recent Supreme Court decision called referred to as Citizens United that affirmed corporations as people. (Google repeal corporate personhood to find petitions to sign and other actions to take.

She offers workshops, shares songs and generally makes the world a better place because she’s in it. Take a look at her site and see if you don’t agree. Then take some action.

Who inspires you?

Anne Wayman: When Grandmother Speaks

 

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