How to Stay Grounded and Motivated in the Face of Our Climate Crisis

Interview with David Loy, Joan Halifax, and Mark Coleman by Julie Flynn Badal
September 22, 2021

Three dharma teachers show us how activism, compassion, and a deeper connection with nature can make a difference.

In August, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a troubling time frame for global warming that pointed to a catastrophic and unavoidable temperature increase of 1.5°C by the year 2040 due to global carbon emissions. A dizzying parade of emergency alerts followed. Wildfires, heatwaves, droughts, floods, and superstorms pummeled the planet at an unrelenting pace. It felt as if this blazing, brutal season offered a glimpse into the approaching abyss.

These are fraught and anxious times. It seems obvious that no amount of meditation will forestall the disasters that are already baked into the climate equation. Yet, much remains to be salvaged and transformed, including in our own hearts and minds.

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