10-Steps to Personal Resilience & Empowerment in a Chaotic Climate

…Because how we live in this time and place matters. The Good Grief Network’s unique 10-Step program aims to help build personal resilience and empowerment while strengthening community ties to combat despair, inaction, and eco-anxiety on the collective level.

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Resources To Dig Deeper Into Each Step

We’ve curated a wide variety of writings, audio, and other media we specifically recommend for those at each step in the 10-step program.

Overall Recommendations

Articles

In Facing Mass Extinction, We Must Allow Ourselves to Grieve by Dahr Jamail

The Miraculous Hope Of Climate Realists by Erika Spangler-Siegfried

Facing Extinction by Catherine Ingram (Audio version)

We Need Courage, Not Hope, To Face Climate Change by Kate Marvel

Beyond Hope by Derrick Jensen

Forget Shorter Showers by Derrick Jensen

Dark Ecology by Paul Kingsnorth

The Axis and the Sycamore by Paul Kingsnorth

Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals by Martin Lukacs

Human and Planetary Health Part I: Facing the Crises by Daniel Christian Wahl

Human and Planetary Health Part II: Going Upstream by Daniel Christian Wahl

Human and Planetary Health Part III: Improving Planetary Health by Daniel Christian Wahl

Human and Planetary Health Part IV: Restoring Ecosystems in the Century of Regeneration by Daniel Christian Wahl

 

Books

Climate — A New Story by Charles Eisenstein

A New Republic Of The Heart: An Ethos For Revolutionaries by Terry Patten

Active Hope: How To Face The Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone

Who Do We Choose To Be: Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity by Margaret Wheatley

Be The Change: Live Well & Spark A Climate Revolution by Peter Kalmus

Radical Joy For Hard Times by Trebbe Johnson

Hope In The Dark by Rebecca Solnit

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene by Roy Scranton

Coming Back to Life by Joanna Macy & Molly Brown

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible by Charles Eisenstein

Beyond Hope by Deb Ozarko

The Age Of Overwhelm:Strategies for the Long Haul by Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky

 

Video

The Hidden Promise of Our Dark Age by Joanna Macy

Beyond Anxiety and Depression… A Call to Awakening! by Jason Silva

Why I Think This World Should End by Prince Ea

Living Into Being by Joe Brewer

 

Poems

Let This Darkness Be A Bell Tower by Rilke

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

Summer Day by Mary Oliver

Clearing by Martha Postlewaite

Thanks by W. S. Merwin

The Peace Of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

The Breeze At Dawn by Rumi

 

Music

The Good Grief Network Spotify Playlist

Step 1: Accept the Problem and its Severity

“We have to do something braver than just try to save the world we have known, we must accept the fact that the world we have known is going to change in hideous and damaging ways.” – Bill McKibben

 

“Acceptance does not mean surrender. It does not mean resignation. Acceptance means I am finally available to the entire spectrum of creative responses.”  – Trebbe Johnson in Radical Joy For Hard Times

 

Articles

The Miraculous Hope Of Climate Realists by Erika Spangler-Siegfried

In Facing Mass Extinction, We Must Allow Ourselves to Grieve by Dahr Jamail

The People Paradox: Self-Esteem Striving, Immortality Ideologies, and Human Response to Climate Change by Janis L. Dickinson

Climate Reality Check: After Paris, Counting the Cost by David Spratt

Facing Extinction by Catherine Ingram (Audio Version)

Transforming Despair: An Interview with Joanna Macy by Mary NurrieStearns

Beyond Hope by Derrick Jensen

We Need Courage, Not Hope, To Face Climate Change by Kate Marvel

What Lies Beneath: The Scientific Understatement of Climate Risks by David Spratt and Ian Dunlop

 

Perspectives on Recent IPCC Findings:

Planet has only until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change, experts warn by Brandon Miller

U.N. climate report shows civilization is at stake if we don’t act now by Eric Holthaus

With the world on the line, scientists outline the paths to survival by Eric Holthaus

Climate scientists warn: Urgent action is needed to avoid planetary calamity by Nicole Karlis

The IPCC global warming report spares politicians the worst details by Bob Ward

 

Books

Active Hope: How To Face The Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy by Chris Johnstone and Joanna Macy

Mourning Nature: Hope at the Heart of Ecological Loss and Grief by by Ashlee Cunsolo and Karen Landman

 

Video

Why I Think This World Should End by Prince Ea

To Future Generations: Sorry by Prince Ea

Apocalypse, Man with Michael Ruppert

Step 2: Acknowledge I Am Part Of The Problem As Well As The Solution

“Action feeds hope feeds action feeds hope. Because without hope, you’re not going to have action, without action, you’re not going to have hope. They feed each other.” – Heather Price

 

“Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.” – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

 

Articles

Forget Shorter Showers by Derrick Jensen

Hope and Vision in the Face of Collapse – The 4th R of Deep Adaptation by Jem Bendell

Ways to help kids cope with — and help combat — climate change by Ronit Feinglass Plank

Earth Friendly Tidying Up inspired by Marie Kondo

Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals by Martin Lukacs

What to Do When You Don’t Know What’s Next by Dawa Tarchin Phillips

A License to Be Human by Van Jones

Show Up With Hope: Anne Lamott’s Plan for Facing Adversity by Anne Lamott

Human and Planetary Health Part I: Facing the Crises by Daniel Christian Wahl

Human and Planetary Health Part II: Going Upstream by Daniel Christian Wahl

Human and Planetary Health Part III: Improving Planetary Health by Daniel Christian Wahl

Human and Planetary Health Part IV: Restoring Ecosystems in the Century of Regeneration by Daniel Christian Wahl

 

Books

Be The Change: Live Well & Spark A Climate Revolution  by Peter Kalmus

Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos Vol. 1 by Loren Eiseley

Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos Vol. 2 by Loren Eiseley

 

Video

MC YOGI – Be the Change

Before The Flood

 

Audio

Terry Tempest Williams on Sacred Rage and the Battle for Public Lands

 

Poems

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

 

Organizations

Soil 4 Climate

Step 3: Practice Sitting With Uncertainty

“No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.” – James Baldwin

 

Articles

7 Ways to Deal with Uncertainty So You Can Be Happier and Less Anxious by Lori Deschene

 

Books

Climate – A New Story by Charles Eisenstein

Hope In The Dark by Rebecca Solnit

Paradise Built In Hell by Rebecca Solnit

Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron

Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion by Pema Chodron

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

 

Audio

Falling Together” with Rebecca Solnit on OnBeing

Beyond Hope: Letting Go Of A World In Collapse with Deb Ozarko on The New Lifeboat Hour

Widening Circles with Joanna Macy on the Emergence Magazine Podcast

 

Video

Dr. Jem Bendell Keynote Speech at the UNCTAD World Investment Forum 2018

The Shambhala Warrior Prophecy by Joanna Macy

 

Organizations

Council on the Uncertain Human Future

Step 5: Do Inner Work

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” – Edward Abbey

 

“Caring for myself is not a self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” – Audre Lorde, A Burst of Light

 

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” – Khalil Gibran

 

“The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

 

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” – Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum

 

Articles

A License to Be Human by Van Jones

Weaving the Path to Planetary Health by Joe Brewer

16 Tips for Avoiding Climate Burnout by Gillian Caldwell

It’s Time… To Do The Inner Work by by Aruna Ladva

Shadow by Carl Jung

Carl Jung, Shadow, and Self – Navigating Through the Complex Mechanics of Your Dark Side by Adrian Iliopoulos

Cultural Shadow Work by Alicia K. Anderson

America’s Shadow: The Real Secret of Donald J. Trump by Deepak Chopra

 

Books

Coming Back to Life by Joanna Macy & Molly Brown

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible by Charles Eisenstein

Beyond Hope by Deb Ozarko

Dark Gold by Carolyn Baker

 

Video

Moanna

Deep Adaptation by Jem Bendell

The Hidden Promise of Our Dark Age by Joanna Macy

Beyond Anxiety and Depression…A Call to Awakening by Jason Silva

 

Audio

The Poetry of Predicament Podcast with Deb Ozarko

The End Of Ice: Bearing Witness In The Path Of Climate Disruption with Dahr Jamail

 

Meditations

Yoga Nidra with Shannon McPhee: To Grow Connection

Yoga Nidra with Shannon McPhee: 31 Point Body Scan

Yoga Nidra with Shannon McPhee: For Healing & Growth

Yoga Nidra with Shannon McPhee: To get past what holds you back

How to Practice Tonglen by Pema Chodon

 

Poems

Let This Darkness Be A Bell Tower by Rilke

 

Organizations

Extinction Rebellion

Step 7: Practice Gratitude

“Finding beauty in a broken world is creating beauty in the world we find.​”​​ ​- Terry Tempest Williams

 

“The work of the mature person is to carry grief in one hand and gratitude in the other and to be stretched large by them. How much sorrow can I hold? That’s how much gratitude I can give. If I carry only grief, I’ll bend toward cynicism and despair. If I have only gratitude, I’ll become saccharine and won’t develop much compassion for other people’s suffering. Grief keeps the heart fluid and soft, which helps make compassion possible.” – Francis Weller

 

Articles

How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain by Joel Wong and Joshua Brown

 

Books

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Finding Beauty In A Broken World by Terry Tempest Williams

Step 8: Take Breaks & Rest (As Needed)

“Caring for myself is not a self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” – Audre Lorde, A Burst of Light

 

“Every person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no​ ​solutions searched for. On that day we need to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw​ ​from us.” – Maya Angelou

 

Articles

Activist Burnout Is Real – And You Probably Need to Read These 4 Ways to Manage It by Aliya Khan

Preventing Burnout in the New Era by Alessandra Pigni

The Busy Trap by Tim Kreider​

Allow Yourself To Take A Break From Activism If You Need It by Neyla Downs

Sustainable Activism & Avoiding Burnout

 

Books

The Age Of Overwhelm:Strategies for the Long Haul by Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky

 

Video

The Shambhala Warrior Prophecy by Joanna Macy

Step 9: Show up

“The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself, that’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.” – Neil Gaiman