Using Comic Characters to Make Sense of the World
I am thrilled to present a new Climate Stew video. Although Elizabeth Jeremiah has been beating down my door with a new video, I persuaded her to wait another week since her last video about Jesus and the Curious Case of Global Warming.
With the launch of the new Citizens’ Climate Radio show, I decided to write a new monologue. As a character actor, I have collected a gaggle of characters who help me to better understand myself and the world around me. I need them right now as I have been going through many rapid changes. And it is all because of Global Warming.
Climate is changing all of us
I thought about the past four years from the moment I first became alarmed about climate change to this moment when I am connected to thousands of people seeking solutions. That I feel hope right now is a testimony to the individuals and organizations who have helped to see that there are ways forward.
Through these comic characters, I want to share with you The Five Stages of Hot Climate Action. And I wonder if you can relate to them. Which one represents where you are right now? What would you add or change.
Five Stages of Hot Climate Action
- F r e a k O u t Stage: This is when the penny dropped and I suddenly realized just how serious climate change is. This is the Freak Out stage. Strange but my freak out voice sounds a lot like my father.
- Toying with Denial Stage: After freaking out for a while the pendulum swung a little to the other side as I toyed with denial. And in my head this is what denial sounded like.
The Personal Purge Stage: But I could not drive away reality, so the guilt and shame kicked in when I realized that I was part of the problem. In response I attempted to purge my life of all greenhouse gases.
- The Despair Stage: Then it happened. The despair descended upon me. I realized that my individual efforts were pathetic in light of the size of the problem.
- The Hope and Engagement Stage: But then something happened. I met likeminded people seeking solutions. And I found hope. And even after a Brexit my hopeful voice sounds British.
I will let my characters describe it all for you. See if you can recognize any of them, and let me know about your stages of hot climate action.