Not everyone finds language of "doom" or "post-doom" helpful, but for many…
A post-doom heart and mindset means living, loving, and relating honorably with full awareness that…
• There are dimensions of abrupt climate change beyond human control.
• Our ecological predicament encompasses all aspects of life.
• Climate is not our biggest problem; overshoot is (climate chaos is but a symptom).
• Human-centered measures of progress and wellbeing are ecocidal and self-terminating.
• Human-centered technology and the market are false gods, creating hell on Earth.
• The extinction of Homo colossus (rapacious industrial humanity) is both inevitable and necessary.
• The extinction of Homo sapiens this century or next cannot be ruled out.
A post-doom mindset is a hard-earned and often fluctuating state of being. Classic stages of grief mark a well-worn path. However, mere acceptance of what is unavoidable need not be the endpoint.
This website is home to a conversation series highlighting personal stories, perspectives, worldviews, and tools that go beyond emotional detachment, stoic resolve, and spiritual transcendence. For example...
What shifts in perception, understanding, relating, and identity become possible when we walk through a post-doom doorway? How do priorities, lifeways, and outer-world involvements shift and clarify on the other side? And how can such changes call forth genuine equanimity, even joy?
Michael Dowd & Connie Barlow
Post-doom project co-originators, website managers, podcast host, and audio-video-text editors
OUR STORY — Less than two years after our climate awakening in 2012, I (Michael) hosted a Skype conversation series titled “The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness” (videos / audios). That title would, however, have been impossible for me to use after our encounter early in 2015 with William Catton’s classic 1980 book, Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change (text / audio). Since then, my guest sermons and longer programs (the main way I earn a living as an itinerant eco-theologian) have been decidedly more sobering and less human-centered. “Post-doom” for me includes favoring language less anthropocentric than “doom”. Meanwhile, I (Connie) have mostly ignored the worsening human plight of climate disruption and ecological overshoot and have focused my climate activism instead on advocating “assisted migration” poleward of native trees, including the “poster species” of climate change in eastern USA, the endangered Florida Torreya tree (I am founder of Torreya Guardians).
ORIGINAL INSPIRATION: What initially inspired and motivated us to undertake this project was reading and recording (and posting on Soundcloud) the work of our most significant mentors, friends, and colleagues — especially those represented on these two playlists: (A) “Post-Doom Soul Nourishment” and (B) “RIP Homo colossus” (the first playlist is a subset of the second).
Short Bios / Publications
Michael Dowd is a bestselling eco-theologian, TEDx speaker, and pro-science evangelist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on television throughout the U.S. and Canada. His book, Thank God for Evolution, was endorsed by six Nobel Laureates and other science luminaries, including noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. In 2009, Michael delivered "Evolution and the Global Integrity Crisis" at both Caltech and the United Nations, and he has conducted two previous online conversation series: “The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity” and “The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness". His message centers on accountability to the future and how to stay sane, sober, and inspired in increasingly chaotic and challenging times. His two-part (eight 20 min sessions) video discussion course, "ProFuture Faith: The Prodigal Species Comes Home" was published in 2019.
Connie Barlow is a science writer, evolutionary educator, and professional audio, video, and text editor. Her 2001 book, The Ghosts of Evolution (Basic Books), was Amazon.com's top-recommended science book for several months. Her previous books, Green Space, Green Time: The Way of Science (Copernicus Books), Evolution Extended: Biological Debates on the Meaning of Life (MIT Press), and From Gaia to Selfish Genes: Selected Writings in the Life Sciences (MIT Press), all explore the nexus of science, meaning, and inspiration. Now mostly retired from speaking, Connie is a leader in the rapidly emerging field of assisted migration (See her “Climate, Trees, and Legacy” video blog.)
Michael and Connie — both deep-sustainability activists and both on the Board of Advisors of the Religious Naturalist Association (RNA) — have spoken to some 2,700 religious and secular groups throughout North America since 2002. These include Roman Catholic, Protestant, Unitarian Universalist, Evangelical, New Thought, and Jewish congregations, as well as humanist, skeptic, and freethinker groups. Educational institutions range from grade school (Connie’s evolutionary curricula for kids) to high school and university classes and colloquia. They have also been keynote speakers at summer camps, clergy retreats, and denominational gatherings. Their 2019-2021 itinerary can be found here and a full list of their 2002-2019 speaking engagements can be found here.
Main website: http://thegreatstory.org
Dowd’s personal / media site: http://michaeldowd.org
Chronological archive: http://thegreatstory.org/new.html
2019-21 Itinerary: http://thegreatstory.org/itinerary.html
Grace Limits (Deep Sustainability) Canon: http://thegreatstory.org/sustainability-audios.html