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Uncertainty and Possibility

The Future We’re Making in the Present

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In this excerpt from their series of conversations on "meeting the climate future," Christiana Figueres, Rebecca Solnit, and Roshi Joan Halifax explore the emergence of new collective stories about ecological crises.
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The world is increasingly filled with people who want to make a difference and see that this is a huge opportunity, individually and for society. I think the story is changing from one of competition to one of collaboration, from one of impossibility to one of possibility.

I have learned that we cannot guarantee success, because it’s out of our control. We have to give up this thought that we can control everything. I have also learned that just because it’s not a guarantee doesn’t mean that don’t we give it our absolute all while we’re here.

We’re in the midst of changing the stories, they have changed profoundly and in ways that are incredibly exciting, and we need to change them a lot more … bigger, deeper, faster is where we need to go.

Watch the full 10-part series of short videos with Christiana Figueres, Rebecca Solnit, and Roshi Joan Halifax: Uncertainty and Possibility—Meeting the Climate Future. Shared here with permission.

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Christiana Figueres, Rebecca Solnit, and Roshi Joan Halifax

Christiana Figueres is the architect of the Paris Climate Accord and Costa Rican climate diplomat. Her website is here.

Rebecca Solnit is a writer, historian, and activist. Most recently, she edited Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility.

Roshi Joan Halifax is a Buddhist teacher, anthropologist, and the author of Shamanic Voices and Fruitful Darkness. She is also the founder of the Ojai Foundation and Upaya Zen Center.
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