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March 16 2019 was a day I felt even more deeply the truth of the words spoken at the Student Strike for Climate in Byron Bay and elsewhere:

‘I want you to panic’. I read something I hoped I would never see in print. The United Nations saying that Arctic temperatures will rise by 3–5 degrees celcius by mid-century and that there is nothing that we can do to stop it (Guardian March 13).

I automatically think of the hundreds of thousands of square kilometres of methane contained within the permafrost in the Artic and tipping points not adequately included in the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)analysis, probably due to political interference.

As a father I can’t bring myself to put into words what that means. I have been reading on climate science for over ten years and it continues to be a gut wrenching experience.

For much of that time I have projected my angst onto the multi-billion-dollar climate-denial industry and vested interests. But I have come to realise that the only remaining obstacle to any remote chance of pulling back from the brink is to break our own emotional meta-silence.

This meta-silence is like a massive dam wall holding back unstoppable momentum in a way that we can’t currently conceive. It requires us to walk towards our own intense feelings of sadness, anger and fear and create safety for others to do the same. Once this silence is broken, policy alignment, and the money, will follow at a blistering pace. No one can stop the voice of the people. The power is with us.

My deepest purpose now, as a father and a psychologist, is to support the breaking of this meta-silence. As one small offering I have set up a YouTube Channel at ‘Climate Transformation’ to deconstruct how we are conditioned into silence and how to break through and claim our unstoppable breathtaking power.

We need to feel our deep love for our earth home and our children, shake off our urban politeness, find our inner warrior and take charge.

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