Climate Change: From Despair to Determination

Diane Musho HamiltonCognitive, Ethical, Integral Justice Warrior, Perspectives, Sustainability, Video, Volitional


iane Musho Hamilton talks to Corey deVos about how to cut through the feelings of despair and hopelessness that so many people feel around the challenge of climate change, and how to engage in more skillful and productive communication around the issue so that we can generate the political will we need in order to catalyze new solutions. These solutions, after all, are completely within our reach — if we decide to collectively meet the challenge with the urgency that it demands.

“Corey took our attention in the conversation to the state of the world, to the future in the sense of what it would take for us as a people and as a planet to actually have enough coherence and unity to be able to make real change. And that seems somewhat impossible, and then that leads to an experience of hopelessness. So what I would suggest is that the vision part of it, imagining people coming together and really doing that, is worthwhile. So we want to keep that part. And the question ’what is the mechanism by which all of this can settle down and come together?’ — that’s just not clear. So we need to reduce scale right there. We need to come back to a level we actually can act on and can be with, without a certain outcome. So it means you have to be able to deal with uncertainty, but you have to reassert your commitment, based on what you know, around how it is you’re going to be and what you’re going to do in relationship to it — even if, at this much greater level, that can’t happen or won’t happen. But staying engaged will actually help you.” —Diane Musho Hamilton

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Diane Musho Hamilton

About Diane Hamilton

Diane is a uniquely gifted, playful, and awake group facilitator, consultant and teacher of Integral Spirituality and Zen. She is a lineage holder in the Soto Zen tradition, and has collaborated with the Integral Institute and Ken Wilber since 2004, developing the Integral Life Practice seminars and the Integral Spiritual Experience global events.

Corey deVos

About Corey deVos

Corey W. deVos is editor and producer of Integral Life. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.