Rosemary Ganley The Peterborough Examiner December 13, 2018
President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau attend the Group of Seven Summit (G7) in Charlevoix, Quebec. EVAN VUCCI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
I feel the need, and as I read my culture, so does my community, to refill my hope chest these days.
It's been a bruising year, psychologically, and, for the Earth, physically. There is hardly any need to recite the pressures: the shock and dread we've been undergoing: global climate reports ever more dire, even as we in our region live blessedly immune from, but emotionally fixated on, the misery of forest fires on our continent, and the sight of thousands of climate refugees on the move from drought-ridden areas in other parts of the world.
To be dreary, 60% of living mammals, birds and fish, which were alive in 1960, are extinct today. We plunge headlong into a hothouse of a world where many will not survive. Psychiatrists have identified eco-anxiety as a serious depressive condition and are empowered to write prescriptions for people to get outside in nature.
In the liberal democracies, we have seen deep vulnerability as strong men rise to power (the U.S., the Philippines, Egypt, Brazil, Russia, Saudi Arabia). We have seen America eat its young, betray its values, cling to an intemperate and ignorant man as its leader, a man and his cronies who lust for continuing power and run roughshod over historically hard-won systems of justice and honesty. Continue Reading >Here<
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