Eco-Integration is the name of the model I have been developing for the last couple of years. As the word ‘integration’ suggests, this model does not present itself as a “different” way to dealing with the climate crisis, but as a creative synthesis of different influences combined. It feeds mostly from the work of CPA pioneers like Sally Weintrobe, Paul Hoggett and Caroline Hickman, Ro Randall and Rebecca Nestor, to name a few. In parallel, it is also influenced by Joanna Macy’s The Work that Reconnects, yet, so far, with no open emphasis on spirituality.
The backdrop to Barbara Kingsolver’s brilliant 2012 novel Flight Behaviour was the climate emergency and human disruption of Nature. Her latest book Demon Copperhead, a 21st century Appalachian version of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, looks very different. But both stories are about the countryside and country people. The first involves unintended disruption of life; in the second, disruption is angrily desired.
It is not about wrestling with the controls of economics to force it in the direction of degrowth, but about getting ready for the moment when the coming climacteric does the heavy work of degrowth for us. David Fleming1
I opted out of the big earthquake feed but could not escape its vicarious trauma.
Last month, Mary-Jayne Rust introduced the idea of The Great Turning, the turn towards life-enhancing structures and the world view which sees the web of life as sacred and humans embedded within it. This Digest continues that theme.