A pre-script, post-script, on Oct. 28/18: There’s lots of useful stuff below, here, no doubt. I just want to add 3 items up top here, now.
Preparing For Near-Term Extinction – by Carolyn Baker, on our species being in hospice now
The Greatest Danger, a piece by Joanna Macy that addresses despair, grief & denial in the face of the perilous situation we Earthlings now find ourselves in. It addresses: “How do we confront what we scarcely dare to think? How do we face our grief, fear, and rage without “going to pieces?”
So What if We’re Doomed? – a quite beautiful, wide-ranging piece. It’s kind of about everything, really – and surprisingly uplifting/inspiring, in some ways, despite the title. I mean it!
I’ve written a # of items about grief … since grief kind of tends to arise as we spend time contemplating the demise our species. You can find them listed under ‘G’ for grief, in this Collections posting (which also has a list of some of the items I’ve written about NTE (near-term extinction) over the past few years).
Okay. Now back to the original posting, posted (on this site) in August 2017.
** I’m a member of the near-term human extinction (NTHE) Facebook support group. I think I joined in 2014. There have been times when I visited the group a lot; lately I go months without going there (Facebook can be a good thing to avoid, sometimes; you know??). The group has been a valuable resource for me in the past. I learned lots there, & was able to chat honestly about this topic that one is mostly unable to discuss with most of one’s friends, family or colleagues. You can only join the (closed) FB support group if you declare you believe we humans are heading for extinction (in the near-term). There is no tolerance there for what we call “hopium” – the sort of talk about how we can “fix” things if we just … well, whatever. Those of us in the group ain’t buying. We accept that human existence is doomed. I’ve had lots of great conversations there, & picked up tons of up-to-date information about things like the latest climate news.
** This list is alphabetical. Just seems easiest to do it that way. It’s very incomplete, but for sure, all these entries have been helpful to me at one time or another.
** Finally, let me explain that all my near-term-extinction-related materials used to be nice & neatly organized, on my old blog site. Now they’re scattered here, there & all over the place in the kind of messy fashion life seems to move toward as the days & years go by (entropy??). You can use the Search bar on both the “new” blog & the “old” one to find NTE-related posts. Grief tends to come up as we contemplate what’s going on, here on our lovely planet; I’ve written about it several times on janetsplanet (& always in those posts offer resources that can help us deal with our grief). I've collected a bunch of NTE-related postings (& grief postings) in the collection posting called, uh, Collections.
Carolyn Baker – podcasts
The (New) Lifeboat Hour (Carolyn interviews folks about the difficult times we’re in)
A great conversation between Carolyn & Andrew Harvey, about catastrophic climate change
Dahr Jamail writes a lot about climate change
His new series on climate disruption dispatches is here
Going Dark (documentary; very good!)
Nature Bats Last
'We're Done': The NBL posting that brought the “near-term extinction” idea to me (well, the early time frame for extinction. I've spent decades suspecting The End was/is where we're heading)
Nature Bats Last radio show on Progressive Radio Network
Climate-change summary and update ** A key posting on NBL
Late 2016 New Zealand interview with Guy McPherson (20 minutes) - not too long; really great interview! (this takes a moment to load; be patient!)
*** for the record (it's Sept. 23rd as I write this little note), Guy McPherson is under a bit of a cloud these days. I don't know what he did & have no opinion on it. My awareness that the human race is racing toward extinction did not begin with GM; it rose out of decades of environmental activism. To be honest, I kinda figured we were headed over a cliff way back in the early 1990s, when I got started on activism. Whatever cloud GM is under these daze has no bearing on my own convictions about human extinction. It doesn't change a thing.
Near-term extinction Facebook support group (closed group, & not, btw, in any way a Guy McPherson "fan club.")
Seemorerocks blog (this link is to an “old” posting, but you can check out the blog’s recent stuff)
Weather Update videos (this does not appear to be being updated anymore)
Dunno if this fits in here, or not. I like the work of Stephen Jenkinson. On death, dying, grief, etc. I have very much enjoyed this interview with him. It's long. It's very insightful, in my opinion. & while Jenkinson does not, as far as I know, "believe in" NTE, some of what he says is mighty useful/insightful to me, who does. I've listened to it several times.
** NTE Quotes on this blog here, in ‘Quotation Central’
** lots of great NTE-related graphics here