Inner Transition will host an evening to share our responses to the devastation in the Phillipines on Wednesday 11th December. All are welcome.
“Super typhoon Haiyan (locally Yolanda), one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, hit the Philippines early in the morning on Friday, 8 November. It is another deadly warning of what much of the world can expect unless we can minimize climate change.
More than 13.2 million people have been affected and an estimated 4.4 million displaced. Our teams on the ground have reported scenes of utter devastation in the hardest hit regions.”
From the Oxfam website
How do we respond when we see images of destruction in the Phillipines, with perhaps the most ferocious winds ever recorded? And what happens when we watch the news, or read papers, where this information is followed by the “good news” that the UK’s economy is growing again.. that as a nation we are responsible for even more carbon emissions, even more depletion of the earth’s resources, bringing even more destabilising of our climate?
One state we may experience is “Cognitive Dissonance” - where we try to hold two conflicting beliefs at the same time. In this state people may “feel "disequilibrium": frustration, hunger, dread, guilt, anger..etc.”*
Many in Transition have talked about the disturbance or stress that comes from seeing these two stories playing out together, without the connections being made in the media that might help create meaningful change.
Inner Transition offers an evening to come together to share the impact of the news, to name some of the contradictions, to feel our response more fully. Doing so helps to strengthen our sense of connection, of staying grounded and sane in potentially crazy times.
Wednesday 11th December 7.30 – 9.30
TTT office, 43 Fore Street
Donations to cover tea
* definition of Cognitive dissonance from Wikipedia