We need to call our addiction what it is

In a recent article in the guardian George Monbiot writes to encourage all of us to support the latest call to action: How nature can save us from climate breakdown. Here is my repsonse. Yes, we are going to have to change – as Greta…

Where we have been

This is my (incomplete) attempt to mark where there have been 12 Characters gatherings throughout the world. Please send me any links you may have to events not on my list. 30 August 2017, Rainbow Mill Community Camp, Norfolk (first trial performance) 22 September 2017,…

Greta Thunberg in Davos: “Prove me wrong”

Swedish climate activist (and Jason’s personal hero), Greta Thunberg, is in Davos talking to the world’s billionaires. Here is her message: Some people say that we are not doing enough to fight climate change. But that is not true. Because to “not do enough” you…

“Characters” or “Monologues?”

When Andrew wrote his initial submission to Dark Mountain Issue 11 he was reframing a portion of the larger work, I Want a Better Catastrophe, due to be published late 2019 / early 2020. Instead of submitting an essay with his own thoughts on what we are facing with…

Why isn’t Every Conversation We Have About Climate Change?

I’m wondering why every conversation we have isn’t about climate change and the mass extinction event we are in. I’m resisting the urge to hate myself and humanity as a result. From “I’M OPENING A TEMPLE FOR THE GRIEF SONG” — Sandy Ibrahim I can…

12 Characters – Blueberry Hill Cohousing

Overview This was our first gathering of 12 Characters in the USA. Not surprisingly, the things that the British find to be ‘too American’ didn’t raise an eyebrow in Vienna, VA! 

The Sacred and the Profane

“But what if we discuss it without the endgame of convincing and mobilizing and compelling others to action? Is there value in talking about this with the people in our lives simply to commiserate, communally, on this impending demise?” — Sam Miller McDonald, Climate Despair I…

What is the target audience for 12 Characters

I was asked recently by someone looking to host a 12 Characters event the following helpful question: What target group you would have in mind, e.g. the  “converted”, the “deniers”,  the “sceptics”, or whatever labels you would like to give them? I liked it because it…