Dahr Jamail: Addressing Climate Disruption is a moral imperative

On June 4, Sooke residents filled the Holy Trinity Anglican Church to spend an evening with celebrated author Dahr Jamail talking about his new book: The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption .

Jamail has travelled the world to witness the effects of climate change first-hand.

“My book and my talks provide a full and comprehensive overview of how far along we are on this runaway climate disruption path,” said Jamail. “Then I take a deep dive into answering the question: ‘How, then, shall we live?’”

“I don’t peddle hope, but offer a mature perspective on the need for a deep morality, a conviction and commitment to doing all we can,” said Jamail. “I believe we all have a moral obligation to limit greenhouse gases and find ways to adapt to this unknown world we are moving into.”

The talk was part of a four-stop Vancouver Island tour, organized by Transition Sooke’s Susan Clarke. Sponsoring organizations included Transition Sooke, Sierra Club of BC, Council of Canadians, One Cowichan, KAIROS Victoria, and University of Victoria Social Justice Studies.

Jamail, who is based in Port Townsend, Washington, is an independent, award-winning journalist and author of four books as well as more than 100 articles on what he prefers to call “climate disruption.” He was one of a few unembedded journalists in Iraq during the 2003 invasion. His stories have been published in The Guardian, The Nation, Huffington Post, The Independent and elsewhere, and he is a full-time writer for Truthout. For more information on our Jamail and his latest book, click here.

PS Check out a 52-minute recording of Jamail’s June 5 talk at the University of Victoria here courtesy of Chris Cook, host of 101.9FM Victoria’s Gorilla Radio.  

PPS Jamail noted several times how touched he was by our Susan Clarke’s introduction, so here are her words in their entirety: 

“It is my pleasure to introduce our guest and fellow planet dweller Dahr Jamail.  

He’s an ordinary enough person, living just over the border in Port Townsend WA. He loves nature, growing food, going on long treks, living in community and cherishing solitude. He writes a lot, and has earned many distinguished awards.

You might already know that Dahr is someone you want on the planet. Or you might meet him on one of the billions of paths you cross in a lifetime. And you might pass him by, until he slips you a note. Dahr is a messenger. He takes this mission to great heights, and depths.

Dahr sees what is here, then asks questions, unafraid of the answers. He is your eye witness, your contact with reality.

And did I mention Dahr is an ordinary guy? His easy and natural style is unnuanced and open, as he speaks about his journey of deep passion and heart-wrenching grief.

This book is extraordinary. Captured within its pages is the breath-taking beauty and diversity of our home planet. In the pages of discovery, there’s a wealth of knowledge and a humility of spirit.

The vastness of ecosystems, as we have known or imagined them, are diminishing rapidly — leaving token islands of habitat — stranded assets—glimpses of former abundance.

What does it all mean? Where are we going? How do we pack for the trip of our lifetime? It is our lifetime.

Please encourage this extraordinary, ordinary being to share his insights and explore with us the path of joy through loss. 

Dahr Jamail.”


EV Extravaganza Success!

All photos by Stephen Hindrichs

More than 200 people flocked to EMCS on March 23, 2019 to learn about electric cars and see the many different models available.

The event began with a panel discussion of EV owners and then everyone went outside to look at the cars and talk to their owners.

Thanks to Transition Sooke volunteers extraordinaire — David and Carol Mallett — for spearheading this exciting event.