This interview with Dr. Aimee Maxwell was recorded February 4, 2020, which seems like another era, before the coronavirus had risen to absorb the attention of the entire world.
I went to Aimee for advice about how I could sleep better, because anxiety about climate change (how quaint!) was keeping me awake at night. I asked Aimee: “What are people supposed to do if they stop sleeping, because of impending doom?”
She surprised me by advising that, before dealing with my racing thoughts, I should help my body remember that it is a product of primate evolution. To sleep well, I must restore my body’s harmony with the natural rhythms of the day.
To understand Extinction Rebellion (XR), you must start with its value system, or “axiology,” says André S. Clements, of South Africa. The ten principles give rise to an ethos of autonomy, André says, which allows individuals to connect to the organization and deliver whatever particular skills and energy they have.
The third principle – “We need a regenerative culture,” with its emphasis on “care” – is particularly meaningful to André, because it relates to his practice as a visual artist.
“The crux of caring is about, in the first place, paying attention,” he says. As an artist, “I’m paying attention, and there’s a quality of relationship in that. … And that caring expands out into the audience and into the world.”
Extinction Rebellion showed André a route from capturing images of the world to taking action. He serves Extinction Rebellion South Africa on their media and message team, as part of their strategy circle, and on the International Support Team working on regenerative culture.
André is also an incisive and original thinker, examining the “cybernetic construct” of XR through the lens of Nietzsche’s “will to power” and the Enneagram, to reach for alternative perspectives on humanity’s dire predicament.
Aimee Maxwell is a practicing psychologist and a moderator of the Positive Deep Adaptation Facebook group. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she is witnessing the effects on her community of the massive bushfires in that country.
Aimee’s house is safe from the fires, for the moment. However, she feels in herself and in others the primal anxiety caused by such a huge, existential threat.
In this interview, Aimee provides responses which are both practical and contemplative.Read More »
Phoebe is fully informed about the dangers to humanity and to the planet posed by climate change. And yet, she sounds cheerful! In this interview, she shares her solutions to our dire predicament, and her optimism that human beings can act fearlessly to implement them.Read More »
Jane Dwinell is a fountain of wisdom about living independently, in harmony with nature. She has been living off the grid – and acquiring the skills required for successful homesteading – since the 1970s.
“I liked the idea of living close to the Earth, and being self-reliant, raising food, living in time with the seasons and the sun – being in relationship with the natural world all the time, not as a vacation but as part of who I was,” she says.Read More »