Important post on #ClimateAnxiety by Päivi Antila:
"[S]haring painful feelings with others energizes, nourishes and invigorates the participants – and brings to life humor and a sense of togetherness.
[W]hen people open up to the flow of their emotional experiences, which can include despair, sadness, guilt, rage, and fear, they feel as if a burden has been lifted from their shoulders. When we dare to test the depth of our pain, we realize that it is not bottomless."
"In this confluence of social and ecological crises, we can no longer afford to be unimaginative; we can no longer afford to do without utopian thinking. The crises are too serious and the possibilities too sweeping to be resolved by customary modes of thought — the very sensibilities that produced these crises in the first place."
– Murray Bookchin, 1982
Improved sense of what's possible, easy or hard, is not a good enough reason alone to build #technology.
Technology is a process of transforming nature into utility. Every piece of tech needs to justify its existence on external merits that outweigh the destruction of nature.
This goes especially for tech that suits a purpose and can be replicated easily, like open source software.
One way to estimate the potency of your #activism is to pay attention to how much resistance you get from those benefiting and maintaining the status quo.
Demand that individuals should consume more responsibly? You have good chances to land a PR job in almost any corporation.
Demand strict environmental regulation to stop overproduction, and for democratic control over *what* is produced, not just under which rules that production happens? Prepare to be attacked viciously.