‘Our melting, shifting, liquid world’: celebrities read poems on climate change
Actors including James Franco, Ruth Wilson, Gabriel Byrne, Maxine Peake, Jeremy Irons, Kelly Macdonald and Michael Sheen read a series of 21 poems on the theme of climate change, curated by UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Includes two bonus poems from Byrne and France
Tejopala gives a beautiful talk about the relationship between a Dharma perspective on life and the urgency of the need to care for nature. Some great questions asked here, all amidst an urban natural space!
Tejopala is a New Zealand Order member who lives in Australia. He has worked in environmental sustainability for many years and trained last year with Al Gore in giving his public presentation about climate change. He is the secretary of Sudarshanaloka retreat centre in New Zealand, a place of true natural beauty.
Response to Tejopala:
Tejopala: I really appreciate your deep love of nature and the desire to protect our living world. I am also a climate activist, and sometimes I vibrate between ‘we have to do something now, something to stop this catastrophe” and “what’s the use? can we really do anything at all?” But after seeing your video, and your talk about our relationship to the land, it made me think something new: that we have to trust this as a relationship. We have to trust that as we enter into a closer, more intimate and loving relationship with the land, that the land will shape and change us in the ways that we need to change in order for both of us, people and the land, to survive and thrive together. Climate change is going to change us, and as we are changed in our relationship to climate, to land, see and sky, and life of all kinds, we ourselves will be transformed into something we don’t even see just yet.