Saving the World in Several Small Steps

The Intersection of Women’s Rights and Climate Activism

“If we really want to address climate change, we need to make gender equity a reality,” says writer and climate crisis activist Katharine K. Wilkinson. “Drawing down emissions depends on rising up.”

  • Climate change hits women and girls first and worst, particularly in the developing world and in poor communities.
  • Gender equality itself is a climate solution, with women’s education and equity leading to smaller family sizes and, research shows, better land management practices.
  • Women bring “transformational leadership that is grounded in intersectional feminism and what we might consider more feminine approaches to leading.”
  • Milou Albrecht, Castlemain, Australia, who co-founded School Strike for Climate Australia as massive bushfires engulfed the nation. Her group has pressured the German corporation Siemens to withdraw from an Australian coal mining project.
  • Xiye Bastida, who led New York City’s first big student climate strike and travels to do public speaking.
  • Jayden Foytlin, one of 21 young people who sued the federal government for violating their rights to a livable planet. Foytlin is from southern Louisiana, where she has witnessed the catastrophic results of extreme storms. (Unfortunately, the lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, was recently thrown out by a federal appeals court, but Foytlin and the other plaintiffs continue to work in activism.)
  • Scout Pronto Breslin, of Rhinebeck, New York, is the founder of a group called Hudson Valley Wild.

A Poem A Day Helps Cultivate Resilience

Excerpt from something is ending, by Adrienne Maree Brown

Our Democracy in Peril

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” — Albert Camus

Mental Health Notes

The New York Times recently published a feature entitled “Climate Change Enters the Therapy Room.” The fairly lengthy article by Ellen Barry, who was a member of a team that received the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting and covers mental health for The NYTimes, is definitely worth a read.

Seeking a Supportive Group?

Extinction Rebellion

  1. Accept the severity of the predicament
  2. Practice being with uncertainty
  3. Honor my mortality and the mortality of all
  4. Do inner work
  5. Develop awareness of biases and perceptions
  6. Practice gratitude, witness beauty, and create connections
  7. Take breaks and rest
  8. Grieve the harm I have caused
  9. Show up
  10. Reinvest in meaningful efforts

Green Notes: Developments and Setbacks




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Karyne Messina

Karyne Messina

I'm a psychologist and psychoanalyst focusing on helping people heal from toxic relationships