I’m not going to offer Climate Anxiety Counseling today in Kennedy Plaza/Burnside Park as planned because I’m not feeling all that emotionally well myself, and I don’t think I’d be able to have good conversations with other people.
Part of my distress comes from reading this story about David Buckel, who set himself on fire in New York City: “My early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves,” the article quotes him as writing in his last email.
Part of it comes from knowing that I really flubbed a conversation, and I want to think (and write some, maybe here) about how I could be a better participant and guide in similar conversations, and what the topics of that conversation can show me about what I need to do at the booth and elsewhere.
I plan to be downtown tomorrow (Wednesday, 5/30), 11am-2pm, as well as Thursday and Friday. Saturday I’ll be at the Sankofa Market’s collaboration with Sowing Place at the Southside Cultural Center. Come visit me on one of those days, at one of those places.
If you’re itching to do something related to caring for each other today, Hope’s Harvest RI, the gleaning and food recovery program that my friend is starting, is looking for volunteers–sign up to learn about their progress and the role you might play.