In Makuru season, we leaned into the emotions that often come with the cooler wetter months, and chose texts on the theme of grief, loss and coping.
Feast: The Glad Shout by Alice Robinson
Taster: Change Maker Chat with Margaret Klein Salamon (Change Makers podcast)
and/or Living with Loss chapter in "The Handbook: Surviving and Living With Climate Change”, by Jane Rawson and James Whitmore
Ambiance: "Paper Ships", in Throat by Ellen Van Neerven (Poem)
and/or Doomsday Clock, by Abbe May (song on YouTube)
Eight people attended across the in person and online reading circles. We shared intimate and thoughtful hours together.
We also talked about how the urgency and threat of climate crisis is relative to other crises and losses people may have experienced before. For example, the loss of a loved one, loss of a physical or cognitive ability and of course the loss of Country and culture as a result of colonisation (see podcast Ni! Means listen; Video lecture by Kim Tall Bear called the sharpening of the already present lecture; and an article Too late for Indigenous climate justice by Kyle Whyte).
We talked about how feelings of urgency to act on climate can exacerbate our inability to regulate our emotions and turn anxiety into action and promote an unhelpful ‘finger pointing’ dynamic of blaming and judgement when what is needed is for every sector, family and community to act in proportionate and equitable ways.
We connected this to a quote from Brene Brown - “All I know is that my life is better when I assume that people are doing their best. It keeps me out of judgement and lets me focus on what is, and not what should or could be.”
Other texts we discussed include: