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CLIMATE QUESTIONS
LOSS
DANGER
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BITE-SIZE CLIMATE QUESTIONS

We’ve printed a series of fortune cookie slips that come along with bite-size dandelion treats at our tasting events. Here are a few:


How are you making the best of it? 
How will you make the best of it? 
What makes you most uneasy about the climate crisis? 
What can we learn from ancestors and elders about making the best of the changing climate? 
Dandelions provide joyful magic and natural medicine. How do you make magic and medicine in your life? 
How would your life be different if food was as available as dandelions? 
What kind of sacrifice is also an opportunity? 
What are you afraid you might have to live without? How could you make the best of this loss? 
What foods and resources (inner & outer) engage and sustain you over the long term? 
What  superpowers would you like to help you with climate uncertainty?

Submit your own fortunes to us – text must be under 105 characters, including spaces:

Here are some example submissions. Keep them coming!

  • How do you feel about hot weather?
  • How do you feel about living under water?
  • What will happen to New York when the Sea rises?
  • The time to act is now - the path to climate resilience may be difficult, but is critical and will be rewarding.
  • You will inspire others with your energy to thrive in the changing environment.
  • 7 billion people experienced this day differently. How did you experience this world today?

 

DO YOU HAVE A SUGGESTION FOR A CLIMATE CHAOS FORTUNE?
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LOSS, DANGER, JOY

Loss, danger, and joy are three emotions that people experience in relation to the prospect of a changing climate. Dandelions provide a material focus for these emotions, as we may find them risky (spreading to our neighbors lawns!) and also tantalizingly joyous. As we learn to look for them to think through these various climate challenges, we may also start to miss dandelions in those times of year they aren't with us -- and, by association, to think through the various losses, replacements, dangers, joys, and other emotions that may come along with our efforts to grapple with climate, rising seas, etc.

The questions and responses below record a series of conversations exploring how people feel about climate and dandelions. These conversations are ongoing in person, and online. We invite you to add your own suggestions throughout this page.

LOSS

Question:
If you were in a conversation at a party or a dinner, and the subject of climate change came up, could you talk about LOSS?

  • What have you lost  or are afraid of losing?
  • What are you afraid you might have to live without?
  • Who could you work with to avert or make the best of this loss?

Responses:

  • Will we eat turnips only someday
  • My beautiful, bare sea shores will be ragged, destroyed no-entry zones
  • I will lose my shameless sense of consumption and feel guilty ALL the time
HOW IS LOSS EXPRESSED AS A RESULT OF CLIMATE CHAOS FOR YOU?
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DANGER

Question:
If you were in a conversation at a party or a dinner, and the subject of climate change came up, could you talk about DANGER?

Responses:

  • Come rest with us; we’ll disturb you [this may be creepy as stated, but the idea of juxtaposing refuge and distress / the need to embrace being disturbed seems important]
  • It may or may not really be what we think
  • Developing enormous tolerance. Letting go of judgement.

Weather is no longer a casual conversation. The everyday instability of climate change and the looming, formless threat of what our environment will become create a sense of dread that’s difficult to ignore but equally difficult to face up to. Making the Best of It is not resignation to a damaged future; it's coming to terms with the world we have and working together to make new ways to thrive by changing our relationship to the weather, planetary health, food systems, and notions of nourishment. Communities can grow and adapt, rather than merely survive the impacts of climate chaos.

WHAT FEELS LIKE DANGER IN THE MIDST OF CLIMATE CHAOS FOR YOU?
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JOY

Question:
If you were in a conversation at a party or a dinner, and the subject of climate change came up, could you talk about JOY?

Responses:

  • Seasons with reasons
  • My relationships with other people
  • Daily practice
  • Knowing that everything is connected
  • Clean food
  • Chocolate always tastes good
  • Letting time be looser
  • The Soil
  • Listening
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Regional bio-identity
  • Knowing that everything is related
  • Vigorous debate about things that matter
  • Less shoveling

There are many opportunities to find joy in adapting to climate change.

On a local level: harvesting food makes you more in tune with the seasons. Greater connection to your local environment can result in decreased monetary expenditure and increased health.

On a larger scale: We live in an era that necessitates coming together, reworking our relationships with each other and with the land, making time to be thoughtful about how we use the resources nearest to us, and coming up with inventive ways to make sure there are enough resources for all.

The Anthropocene inspires trepidation- but it also inspires ingenuity.

HOW COULD JOY BE EXPRESSED IN THE MIDST OF CLIMATE CHAOS FOR YOU?
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CONTENTS:

• Welcome!
Come Make the Best of It


• About Making the Best of It

• Project Documentation

• Loss, Danger, Joy:
Questions for Climate Chaos


• Recipes & Nutrition

• Dandelion Research,
Rumors & Resources


• Participate!

• Thanks & Credits