Joanna Macy: Climate Change as a Spiritual Path

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by Old Dog Documentaries

In 2013 Old Dog Documentaries had the honor of interviewing Joanna Macy for their film The Wisdom to Survive – Climate Change, Capitalism & Community.

Now eight years later we want to share parts of that interview that have not been seen before. We feel Joanna’s wisdom and Rilke’s poetry have the power to help all of us face these difficult times.



Joanna Macy is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has created a groundbreaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application. Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science, explored through her books, audio-visual resources, and teachings on the Great Turning. 

Recorded by Molly Brown

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