Connect to Action: Taking Determined Steps to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint
The report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), reported on in the New York Times on 3/31/2014, warned of climate risk and the impact on human society in the coming decades. “Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change,” said the chairman of the IPCC, at the news conference.
As I struggled to think about how to respond to this report, I found myself drawing on the concept of “active hope” conceived by authors Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone.
“Active hope is a practice, like gardening or yoga. It is something we do rather than something we have.” (p. 3, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy)
“Active hope involves identifying the outcomes we hope for and then playing an active role in bringing them about. We don’t wait until we are sure of success. We don’t limit our choices to the outcomes that seem likely. Instead we focus on what we truly, deeply long for, and then we proceed to take determined steps in that direction.” (p. 37, Active Hope)
Following are 5 determined steps that you can take right now to reduce your carbon footprint . . . and develop a sense of active hope.