The latest episode of the New Yorker Radio Hour (actually only 15 minutes) features Lise Van Susteren, a Dr. telling the full truth of what ails our young people. She also talks about the most hopeful thing I have heard in my whole life: our young people are suing the US Government (with James Hansen) as well as the State of Montana.
Check out the episode. I cannot recommend it enough, seriously. Here’s the link again!
For more, I would humbly add several of my own posts on this as well, which fit perfectly together with Van Susteren’s conclusions:
The most important part of the episode is the “secret sauce” (I’m actually quoting the Doctor): the cure is to take action.
Check out my series on Reintegrating with Nature, the most personal action, but also the most personally important:
There are no psychotropics that will medicate us out of our grief for what we are losing and our anxiety for what is coming:
Along with Robin Wall Kimmerer, Dr. Van Susteren acknowledges that in our everyday lives there is nothing as important as working with the soil to grow sustenance with produce and to sustain our growth with beauty:
But as the Dr. says, the difference between our children and us, especially the middle-aged and our elders, is that we have the ability to act in ways our children do not. Even if all we can do is vote, as for most of us, it’s time to vote with our grandchildren’s interests in mind—or their grandchildren’s if you already have grandchildren. But for those among us with power or a public voice, the duty does certainly fall to you.
ps, the Doctor mentions Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder as something novel and related to the destruction of our planet. My own childhood bears out that there is nothing novel about Pre-TSD for any LGBTQ+ individual who knew they’d have to come out and knew they’d receive a hostile reception. Our community has extensive experience with Pre-TSD; so it falls on us to share what we’ve learned of it to help our children cope.
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