Can Beauty Save The Planet?

How does the way we talk about climate change possibly limit our response to it?

Chris Jordan explains why talking about climate change using the tactics of fear shuts down our ability to think and act with wisdom and why focusing on beauty could help change the outcomes.

“The catastrophic situation is playing out in Australia.”

“The catastrophic category 4 hurricane.”

“Stronger storms, more storms, heavier rain, our climate is changing.”

I am tired of hearing all of the bad news exaggerated because we think that is the right thing to do.

“The point of no return is fast approaching.”

I am tired of the term catastrophe – “failure to act soon will lead to a steady stream of catastrophes.”

disaster, “natural disasters surged dramatically over the past 20 years.”

and especially apocalypse.

“Australia’s apocalyptic bushfires struck with a frightening ferocity in 2020.”

Climate change is not an apocalypse. It is a serious, long-term problem that needs our deepest, wisest attention.

I am really tired of people advocating for panic.

“Billions of people are going to die.”

When we are in a state of fear, we know from neuroscience that our mind shuts down. There is never a time when panic is the appropriate response to any situation. If you wake up in the middle of the night and your house is on fire, panic is the worst possible response. The proper response in that circumstance is equanimity, full mind intelligence, backed by wisdom. That’s what we need not only if our house is burning down but to face a global problem like climate change or any environmental issue.

We’ve been stuck in a very energetically dark story about what is happening to our world for a long time. And it isn’t working. It is time to change the story.

Let’s go immerse ourselves in the transformational healing power of beauty. Who hasn’t stood in the presence of beauty and had their heart break open with joy?

Beauty and love go together. They are identical twins. Find one of them and the other one will immediately show up.

Every living being, whether it is a plant or an animal at any scale is an incomprehensibly complex and magnificent artwork created by the Universe.

Every leaf, every branch, is a magical, mysterious, spiraling, math equation emerging out of nothing. Every detail of the living world speaks to us in the sacred language of beauty.

One of the fundamental characteristics of beauty is the more you look for it, the more you see. The more you cultivate beauty, the more it appears before you.

I’m going all in on beauty. I’m all in. Of all times, why turn toward beauty right now? Because maybe the fact that we turned away from beauty is how we got ourselves in this mess in the first place.

I am not advocating living in denial of the problems. All I am advocating is we need to change our relationship to each other about those problems.

I think it is time for the whole world to let this dark storm of impending apocalypse move on through.

Let us each connect with the ocean of love that we all carry inside of us. Let us make beauty the north star that we collectively set our compass to and navigate by. Let us together step into a new beautiful, connected, loving, story of our world and our future.

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