More darkness? or Can we be the change?

I borrow this from the conclusion of a blog at resilience.org. In this blog, John Michael Greer reviews the predictions he made for 2016, also alerting us to the fact that air temperatures over the Arctic ice cap are 50°F warmer than usual for this time of year (December 2016). I worry about my friends, the polar bears (I was born in the polar bear capital of the world).

A destabilized jet stream is sucking masses of warm air north into the Arctic skies, while pushing masses of Arctic air down into the temperate zone…. The climatologists who’ve been trying to model the diabolically complex series of cascading feedback loops we call “global climate” have no clue.

polar-bear_getty-imagesBelow, the emphasis is mine.

As 2017 dawns, in a great many ways, modern industrial civilization has flung itself forward into a darkness where no stars offer guidance and no echoes tell what lies ahead. I suspect that when we look back at the end of this year, the predictable unfolding of ongoing trends will have to be weighed against sudden discontinuities that nobody anywhere saw coming.  We’re not discussing the end of the world, of course; we’re talking events like those that can be found repeated many times in the histories of other failing civilizations.  That said, my guess is that some of those discontinuities are going to be harsh ones.  Those who brace themselves for serious trouble and reduce their vulnerabilities to a brittle and dysfunctional system will be more likely to come through in one piece.

What can agriculture do?

Here are some solutions offered by my favourite blog, Landscapes for People, Food and Nature:
1: Trees on agricultural land could sink four times more carbon.
2: Carbon can be absorbed back into the soil that is covered by cover crops and pasture.
3: Protecting wetland and peat ecosystems offers huge opportunities to mitigate climate change.
4: Improving grasslands – yes, this means more livestock! See or even better, read Sheldon Frith’s book (http://lettertovegetarians.com/) for more details.

What can you do?

Re-establish your relationship with Nature. Maybe I can expand on that in a future blog.

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About Kaytlyn Dale

#nuffield13 scholar passionate about sacred agriculture and holding space for transforming ourselves so that we can help regenerate the land, soil, Earth and our food system. Pursuing an MA that brings spirituality and agriculture together in the conversation.
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