Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Polar Bear Eco-therapy?

Feeling eco-anxious about the future?

"People tell me how an article about the polar bears losing their habitat was making them ill," says [eco-psychologist/therapist Melissa Pickett]. "So I place a photograph of a polar bear into the patients' hands and encourage them to have an imaginary conversation with him as a way to ease their despair." She also advises we carry rocks in our pockets to remind us of our connection with the Earth and buy one of her "sacred matrices" (yours for $10 each).

Oh dear. But more tips here. If you must.

I'll stick with the Zen monks 12 Essential Zenhabits.

I'm going to work especially hard on Zenhabit no. 4: Do less

Thursday, March 20, 2008


It's WORLD WATER DAY on March 22nd.

Can you imagine what it's like to live with
'Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink
? *

Well, have a look at the young water babies and bucket gangs here.

And enter the world of the floating village of Chong Khneas here.

And read what it's like to live in a flooded world here.

It's all so shockingly close to some of the things I've written as fiction: Tuck in his floating city in ZENITH; Wing and the urchins who paddle the toxic floods in salvaged junk, buckets and car bonnets in EXODUS.

But this is not an imagined scenario in some futuristic fiction - it's all happening right here, now, in our world.

*(Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner)

Welcome to EARTHSPACE...

EARTHSPACE is the best way I could think of to respond to the many, many questions from (mostly) young people who have read my epic story of a drowned world - EXODUS, ZENITH with AURORA to follow - and are left wondering about the future.

'I've read your books,' the emails and letters say, 'and I can't get the story out of my head. What can I do about the future?'

EARTHSPACE is for you.