As our environments continue to change, we are faced with numerous challenges, which include: Increases in local conflict, widespread human and animal displacement, and the loss of resources. These and more will press the human capacity for resilience to an extent none of us have endured.
So, how do we react?
This section will help you to navigate these challenges associated with a changing climate. As you read through, ask yourself: What are these challenges? In what ways do these challenges manifest themselves in our lives? Who are we - as people on this planet - in light of these challenges? These challenges teach us at least one thing: That the conclusions we made about our place on the planet were often masked and untested assumptions. This means that civilization is not a foregone conclusion. It is a hypothesis. And now, all of us are at the point of the arrow, in a position of facing both potential ruination and significant growth that will need to exceed our own current imaginations of the possible.
1.When you consider a changing climate, what is the difference between a challenge we face or a problem to solve?
2. How do preexisting social, political, and economic challenges intersect with the challenges associated with our changing climate?
3. Addressing Change (30 minutes)
Consider, for a moment, a time where you were faced with a great, personal challenge. How did you process that challenge internally? What steps did you take to overcome that challenge? What did you learn about your own capacity for resilience? Consider sharing in groups of three, each taking 3 minutes to explain their position. After that, discuss whether you see any patterns of response between the three. Finally, do these patterns tell us something specific about our capacities to address challenges in the world?