Biked over to UAA for the Citizens Climate Lobby meeting. More on that later. Really good talk by Jerry Taylor of the Libertarian Niskanen Center. Also the Anchorage chapter got mentioned for commissioning the study of the impact on rural Alaska of a carbon fee with rebate done by ISER economist Steve Colt. But I can only write so much in one post, so that will wait.
Right after the meeting I got a ride to Arctic Valley for the Earth Care Jamboree. Lots of thoughts and ideas, few of which will get into this post.
Libby Roderick kicked things off musically upstairs against the dramatic view of the fall colors on the slope behind her.
She also led a workshop on Money. She focused on the disconnect between what people say they believe - particularly on climate change - and how they spend and invest their money. She frequently broke for the participants to talk in pairs about the themes.
The title quote comes from this workshop. We
didn't spend any time on it, but for this post I looked it up and found the author to be Frederic Jameson and it pops up in reviews of post-apocalypse movies and books. lamenting the lack of imagination to develop post-capitalist worlds. For example, in a Snowpiercer review:
"This film is great as a film. I am however tired of these premises in which humanity is deprived of some antagonistically outer threat, humans or world cause, that kills off everybody except a small population and let them return to a state of basic barbarian living. Another quote from Slavoj Zizek mirrors this appending doom:
'this is what I fear; this is the true dilemma. When the big Other in the form of the state collapses, what we will have is a regression …to some kind of far more totalitarian … pre-state … form of the big Other. Or even to New Age consciousness. There they try to make the big Other exist, perhaps in the form of natural balance'”There were lots of doors we peeked at in the workshop, but didn't go through as Libby raised money related questions: people's emotional reactions to money; the effects of their upbringing on how they think about money; how people support or fight global warming by how they spend and invest their money; why money, particularly one's own monetary situation, is rarely talked about with others.
There was an interfaith panel that included:
Rev Dr. Curtis Karns
Yukon Presbyterians for Earth Care
David Bishop Mahaffey
Orthodox Church in America
Dr. Genmyo Zeekyk
Anchorage Zen Community
Prof. Doug Causey
University of Alaska Anchorage
I went to an afternoon workshop on activism. It was called "Social Movements and Peaceful
|Carson Chavana prepping for workshop|
There was also a participatory exercise on defining violence and the morality of different actions. Is breaking a window a form of violence and would you do it or not? Is eating meat a form of violence and would you do it or not? What about taking some parts from a bulldozer that is going to be used to destroy some structure? These questions made us all reconsider distinctions in types of violence. Is violence against property the same as violence against humans? Is physical destruction different from disabling the bulldozer? Are there times when violence is justified? I think there was some agreement that one can't evaluate an action without some context. Self-defense and defending human life were two examples that a lot of people used to justify violence. While these are old debates, it was useful for me to revisit them and to see the variety of stances people had.
Meanwhile, it kept raining most of the day, but the landscapes outside the building were spectacular as the clouds obscured the views here and then later there. But always there were the fall colors of the tundra.