Published on June 7th, 2020 |
by Barry A.F.
June 7th, 2020 by Barry A.F.
- We admitted we were powerless over [fossil fuels] — that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to [climate deniers], and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Climate change can seem a daunting problem. While it’s easy for some of us to think solar/wind/batteries instead of oil/coal/natural gas, the sheer magnitude of over a century of fossil fuel ingratiation, assets, business plans, and thinking is hard to break for most people, both in motivation and in power plants currently in use and already paid for.
So we can look to another model of breaking a bad and destructive habit for inspiration. Here, then, is each step translated to breaking our addiction to
alcohol fossil fuels and moving on to superior and sustainable renewable energy.
1.) We admitted we were powerless over [fossil fuels] — that our lives had become unmanageable.
The first step to solving any problem is identifying the problem and accepting its harmful effects on us. Living in denial only works until the bills come due and eventually overwhelm us. We know climate change is an existential risk. In fact, a majority of the population shares this view, even when they vote for more climate destruction because their addiction to hate, lies, and easy answers matters more than defeating climate change. The longest journey begins with a single step.
2.) Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Accepting there is a solution is fundamental to making the journey from beginning to end, even if we cannot fathom how the solution works when we are just starting out. An uncertain future without a crutch is scary. However, you must accept that you can change the future and that…
Read More: Using The 12 Step Program To Defeat Climate Change