Wendy Freeman thinks of her life as a “blank slate” — plans and dreams of former days are gone. Instead, she is “navigating the cliff-edge” of collapse awareness as part of the Deep Adaptation community, where she finds friends and helps other people.
Collapse may be a long, drawn-out condition of increasing hardship, Wendy says, but humans will find a reason to go on, even in the harshest of circumstances. Even in the face of death, fear, and uncertainty, we can still get out of bed, put our feet on the floor, and work to help other people.
Wendy has been volunteering for Deep Adaptation for two years. She has found friends who are “working from the same awareness,” and she has learned “mechanisms and processes to navigate along the cliff edge.” She doesn’t know what will happen tomorrow or next week — but she finds joy in the small things, and in being of service to others.
“Jem’s paper” that Wendy mentions is “Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy,” which you can find here. Also, consider looking into the Deep Adaptation Facebook Group, here.
As the site manager for the Georgetown Tiny-House Village in Seattle, Andrew Constantino is responsible for the welfare of 65 homeless people – a tough job in normal times. Now, the pandemic has shut down many of the services that homeless people rely on for their survival.Read More »
Alexandra Grace Derwen (aka Alexandra Wilson) was on pilgrimage in Spain when the coronavirus pandemic broke out. She recounts on her Facebook page her harrowing journey out of Spain back to the U.K. – a journey on buses and trains, where she caught the coronavirus disease.
She was then seriously ill for 5 days, during which, she says, “I felt it was a distinct possibility that I was going to die.”Read More »
This interview with Dr. Aimee Maxwell was recorded February 4, 2020, which seems like another era, before the coronavirus had risen to absorb the attention of the entire world.
I went to Aimee for advice about how I could sleep better, because anxiety about climate change (how quaint!) was keeping me awake at night. I asked Aimee: “What are people supposed to do if they stop sleeping, because of impending doom?”
She surprised me by advising that, before dealing with my racing thoughts, I should help my body remember that it is a product of primate evolution. To sleep well, I must restore my body’s harmony with the natural rhythms of the day.