3 realms of action are crucial, and mutually reinforcing, but one is crucialer.
The essential problem of our civilization is our individual and collective inability/unwillingness to feel connection to life, including the life in people, other beings and ourselves. All the problems we think of as problems come from this one, and ultimately, what will save civilization is enough people waking to recognition of the psychological nature of the problem. Then they’ll begin to search for and get some vague framework of what needs to change, from their own newly-sensed inner wisdom and love, and from others, now that they can better choose who (and what) to trust and believe. The reason we’re addicted to consumption, conquest and busyness, and thus the reason for climate catastrophe and the larger ecological crisis, is all the unconscious fear, rage, shame, hatred and grief that we’re deadening ourselves to. Once we’re willing to feel that—both the emotions and the deadening, and the black-hole-of-denial unit they create together—the hold that it has on us is broken. Then we can pursue the things we need in the world, to survive in the world:
personal life changes, including those with family and community—growing as much of our own and our community’s food, fiber, medicine and material as we can; replacing broken large systems with smaller, more personal and more aware ones.
and also political action. Political action can’t in the end save us without the others, but it is the most urgent and important of the 3 right now, to buy us enough time to allow the inner changes to happen over generations, and to allow enough financial and social space for us to be able to contemplate and implement the personal, family and community changes that will go for low-hanging fruit of our consumptive lives, inspire ourselves and others to go further, and show what’s possible to those predisposed to denial and selective negativism (like tammons, with his/her litany of grossly false statements about energy that yap at the heels of the only forms that can provide safe, affordable, democratic life for all).
That inner emptiness is crippling too many, too deeply and too irrevocably to be filled in 15 years, the time we have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 90% and implement other changes—reforestation and the transformation of agriculture to permaculture—to resequester the GHGs we’ve already emitted as fast we can. Except for those who started a long time ago, we can’t heal ourselves in time, let alone those others who are the ones blocking the necessary actions, but if enough can come to the realization of the problem, it will be like beginning therapy—of course not enough alone to fix everything, but often, it’s enough just to start, to allow us the willingness to believe in the possibility of progress, to make us work hard enough to actually make progress.
http://www.theclimatemobilization.org Here’s one way to start the political action we need right now. It does assume a certain level of working within the system will be enough; I don’t think that’s true but this as the first level of action can be supplemented by others they way the Satyagraha movement acted on multiple levels at once—protest, appeal, negotiation, and at the same time replacing dysfunctional and oppressive and destructive systems with new ones: personal food, fiber, medicine, material and energy production, Transition Initiatives and more, including revolution, either metaphorical, real or both.