Mira is blessed with the dearest friends on the planet and one of them sensed that she might be toppling over some sort of an edge and recommended Paul Hawken’s latest book, Drawdown, all about the top 100 ways humankind already knows about that can not only stop our carbon emissions but get that nasty stuff out of the sky too.
Banner above from SFMOMA exhibit called Soundscapes. Images in this chapter are largely gleaned from a recent trip to the San Francisco Bay Area including museums and friends.
Still skeptical from all of the dark reports on our political, environmental, cultural, social, and historic nightmares she reached out to another friend, a climate scientist, who concurred that Hawken is right on, and in fact he is about to teach a course based on this book. So Mira keeps reading with growing enthusiasm.
She had always wondered why we weren’t using the unrelenting movement of the tidal waters she rows over to harness that movement for energy, and now she knows. Simple engineering makes this completely doable, but relatively expensive at this time and environmental issues need to be resolved.
However wind and solar are taking off and comparative price is plummeting, though she notes that installation must accelerate and storage and distribution need much work.
Most of all fossil fuel protagonists need to relent in their greediness for the good of humanity and planet and free legislators to do the right thing. Sigh ...
It’s not all about engineering. Human sensitivity is our gift, the way we share through music and art, eating together, making a warm family gathering with the people at hand.
Mira is enjoying sharing her biomechanical dance learning from her Berlin tango guru with local tango friends and realizes that she surely must be learning more from them as they grant her time to dance together the most fundamental steps in demanding detail and deliberateness. Once again she is reminded that her love of this practice is for pleasure and creativity, clearing obstacles to that end through technique and practice.
And this is what makes her thrive: embodied connection.
Mira sees the shift in the ways of women speaking out against millennia of abuse and objectification and at least for the moment being heard and believed, apologized to as if they were human beings with the right to respectful treatment.
She feels this trend manifesting in her own finding her voice to counter men whose habit has been to run roughshod over women. It feels good to speak her truth regardless of outcome.
This leads to imagining a world with mostly women leaders and men who are kind and caring. What on earth would that place look like, she ponders. Vastly different, of course, without the constant cries of “me first, you are nothing but an object for my use."
She would vote for her friends because she trusts them with the decisions that are important to women, children, creatures, and the earth more than she trusts most politicians . She knows that men would fare better under caring leadership as well.