How can we reimagine the framing, tactics, & goals we employ in our journey to heal from ecological destruction?
In his new book, Climate: A New Story, renowned author & philosopher Charles Eisenstein advocates for expanding our exclusive focus on carbon emissions to see the broader picture beyond our short-sighted & incomplete approach.
Eisenstein details how the quantification of the natural world leads to a lack of integration & our fight mentality. The rivers, forests, & creatures of the natural & material world are sacred & valuable in their own right, not simply for carbon credits or preventing the extinction of one species versus another.
After all, when you ask someone why they first became an environmentalist, they're likely to point to the river they played in, the ocean they visited, the wild animals they observed, or the trees they climbed when they were a kid. This refocusing away from impending catastrophe & our inevitable doom cultivates meaningful emotional & psychological connections & provides real, actionable steps to caring for the earth.
Freeing ourselves from a war mentality & seeing the bigger picture of how everything from prison reform to saving the whales can contribute to our planetary ecological health, we resist reflexive postures of solution & blame & reach toward the deep place where commitment lives.
Climate: A New Story will be available for sale, & Eisenstein will be signing books after the event.
This event is free for members, & there will be a members-only happy hour with Eisenstein from 6:00- 7:00 PM. General admission ticket price is self-determined - any amount that reflects your feeling of value, gratitude, & desire to support the work, consistent with your financial means. If that amount is zero, we welcome you too.
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Charles Eisenstein is a speaker & writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, & human cultural evolution. His viral short films & essays online have established him as a genre-defying social philosopher & countercultural intellectual. Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics & Philosophy & spent the next ten years as a Chinese-English translator. He was recently interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on SuperSoul Sunday, July 16, 2017. He is the author of The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible (North Atlantic Books, 2013), Sacred Economics (North Atlantic Books, 2011), & The Ascent of Humanity (North Atlantic Books, 2011).