Notes On Climate A New Story

From the book website:

  1. "…Charles Eisenstein details how the quantification of the natural world leads to a lack of integration and our “fight” mentality."
  2. "…he advocates for expanding our exclusive focus on carbon emissions to see the broader picture beyond our short-sighted and incomplete approach. The rivers, forests, and creatures of the natural and material world are sacred and valuable in their own right, not simply for carbon credits or preventing the extinction of one species versus another."
  3. "This refocusing away from impending catastrophe and our inevitable doom cultivates meaningful emotional and psychological connections and provides real, actionable steps to caring for the earth. Freeing ourselves from a war mentality and seeing the bigger picture of how everything from prison reform to saving the whales can contribute to our planetary ecological health, we resist reflexive postures of solution and blame and reach toward the deep place where commitment lives."

Some of my favorite passages:

  • p. 7: "Desire comes from unmet needs…. What is the unmet need behind the addiction to fossil fuels?"
  • p. 10: "Love is the expansion of self to include another. In love, your well-being is inseparable from my own."
  • p. 16: Engaging other people, we have to ask the question that defines compassion: What is it like to be you?
  • p. 28: "…it seems counter-intuitive that starting a social enterprise that employs homeless people will help stop climate change…."
  • p. 33: "…we need to propagate a new story that values people and place, soil and water, biodiversity and life; the qualitative and the relational."
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