Climate: A New Story by Charles Eisenstein

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Summary

Could the carbon narrative central to most environmentalists actually be hurting the environment? It may be. Charles Eisenstein carefully pieces together a new paradigm of relating to our planet: the living Earth. Eisenstein masterfully outlines how indigenous people have related with Earth for our entire existence and how their story is what may make the difference in saving Earth with humans upon it.

A favorite thought experiment from Eisenstein is to consider what both sides of any debate accept without question. In the United States with an extreme polarization of democrat/republican, the key to solving many of our problems (and especially climate related) are in the things both political parties consider to be true.

This book was my favorite, most eye-opening book of 2019. I tell people that the entire book was like a psychedelic experience because my mind continually had “wow, I never thought of it like that” moments throughout. For anyone who cares about the increasing climate crisis, this book puts a completely new spin on it. Eisenstein removes the materialist, reductionist lens that modern society views everything and shows us a more natural, storytelling way of being.

Key Takeaways:

  • Eisenstein is bullish on regenerative agriculture and holistic land management, but acknowledges that the story of Earth and falling in love with Earth is the only way to go from ~ 1% of Americans in agriculture to 10%+, which is needed
  • Fossil fuels and “dirty energy” that contribute to human-caused climate change are a symptom of a greater problem: we do not treat Earth like a living being worthy of love and respect. Addiction theory suggests if we fix our fossil fuel addiction, we will just find another that harms Earth
  • Reducing everything in the world to quantifiable numbers is impossible and when we try to do so, we often ignore the things that cannot be measured

Implementation:

  • Deepening my relationship with Earth – I already have a regular spiritual practice. One might call my relationship to a higher power a form of “eco-spiritualism”. This gives me a new reason to develop a deeper relationship.
  • Regenerative agriculture – I will get involved with regenerative agriculture is some capacity. I had some starts and stops with Candor, but there are many ways to support and encourage the adoption of regenerative management of land to heal and protect Earth.

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