I am a writer, teacher, organizer and public speaker with a passion for social and environmental justice.
In 2011, when I woke up to the devastating impact of global warming, the relentless pace of environmental degradation and the Sixth Great Extinction of species, I knew that these issues dwarfed the struggles for social justice that I had devoted myself to for much of my adult life. If we can’t turn the juggernaut of climate change around, I realized, every other issue will become moot, swept away by the tsunami of severe environmental and social disruption that global warming will bring.
Deeply saddened and frightened by the possibility that my children and grandchildren might have to face a nightmarish future, right out of the worst imaginings of dystopian science fiction, I asked myself what I could do to actively shift the story in a different, more positive direction. What could I offer to the growing movement for social and environmental responsibility?
As a writer, teacher, media producer and community organizer, what I have to give to the struggle for a better world is my voice, written and spoken; my knowledge base, built up over years of studying the politics, rhetoric and aesthetics of women’s resistance writing from all over the world; and my ethical passion for environmental justice for every living being in our precious biosphere.
In Transition Times, I write to right the world, and to share and amplify the voices of others working in the same trenches. I write to offer an alternative to the dominant narrative of Western society that tells us to be docile, passive consumers of mainstream media; to look the other way when we see injustice; to trust our politicians and business leaders to look out for our interests; to focus on our own individual lives rather than think more broadly about the good of all.
I have been delighted and heartened to find, through the magic of social media, many kindred spirits out in the world who are also fighting this good fight. The truth is that every revolutionary change has come from the grassroots, from the hearts and minds of many individuals guided by their sense of justice and compassion, willing to take a stand against the dominant social forces of their time.
In the 21st century, we face the biggest challenge the human species has confronted, at least since the last Ice Age 20,000 years ago. We know, thanks to our scientific and technological prowess, that if we continue to poison our air, oceans, fresh water and agricultural land at the current rate, we will destabilize our planetary home to such an extent that we, along with many millions of other species of plants and animals, insects and birds, will face population collapse.
I write Transition Times out of this urgent awareness, but also with an abiding sense of hope. I believe there is still time to avert disaster, if enough of us can wake up to the reality of our situation and begin to take action. As Kaethe Weingarten says, hope is a verb. Let’s do hope together, and change the world.
You can find a more traditional biography of me at my website, jenniferbrowdy.com.
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