A Conversation with Wen Stephenson

Join the Valve Turners and author Wen Stephenson as they discuss climate direct action in this time of both monumental hope and profound doom. We'll also be following up with the valve turners about recent legal proceedings.

Wen Stephenson, an independent writer and activist, is a frequent contributor to The Nation and the author of What We're Fighting for Now Is Each Other: Dispatches From the Front Lines of Climate Justice (Beacon Press, 2015). A former editor at The Atlantic and the Boston Globe, he has written about politics and culture for many publications, including Slate, The New York Times, Grist, and the Boston Phoenix. 

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  • commented 2017-09-08 13:29:45 -0400
    Excellent and useful dialogue. I really appreciated all the deep compassionate thinking. I agree that we must look to build relationships in our community and focus on local efforts not hard to do when you live in Washington state. I hadn’t heard the Utah Phillips quote before. That’s powerful. I’ll be using that. I want to comment on Michael’s comment regarding solastaglia. It is a concept which i encountered years ago (the origins lost on me now) and really resonated. For me it means the grief over the loss of a precious place. It may be where we live or work or play or pray but it is for us sacred space. For us that is our planet. I think many people have been numbed by a culture that does not recognize that we are a part of not apart from a living life giving planet. This is a concept not lost on our indigenous friends who do not objectify but recognize not resources but relatives as they look around. We need to promote so as to to adopt this fundamental perception. If we do not, nothing will change fundamentally. Huli Ta Tum Uhw -“The Earth is alive. We must respect her. We must respect one another. When we do this we won’t have to ask what to do. We’ll know.” Steven Point, Stahlo eleder Thank you all. Perhaps we should campaign to change the name of the planet to “Life” or “Mother”. Would we then do what we do now if it were so?

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