By 2050, or sooner, large parts of the Earth could be uninhabitable. We are indisputably living in the Sixth Great Extinction. Countless humans are reeling with climate anxiety and experiencing fear, anger, grief, despair, dread, and are attempting to cope with potential human extinction with massive denial. This book offers an alternative to being consumed with either denial or despair. At its core is the existential issue of climate catastrophe and how to live into it with compassionate, clear-eyed, vibrant, awakened intention. While this perspective is harrowing, even more formidable is the prospect of doing so in a global milieu in which deeply divided nations and individuals are opting to abandon democratic institutions and procedures in favor of authoritarian models of governance. Undaunted offers neither phony fixes nor merciless melancholy in the face of our daunting predicament. It assumes that both the reader and the author will face moments of despair going forward, but it offers skills and practices for living undaunted in the face of humanity’s most unprecedented ordeals.
Praise for Undaunted
“This book is a blessing and a transmission from a fierce, wise, passionate female elder. No one can afford either to ignore it or to not learn from its massively encouraging lessons.”
“For decades, former psychotherapist, wise life coach and ‘collapse chaplain’ Carolyn Baker has been teaching us how to live fiercely and passionately into the wildly uncertain and truly daunting future of climate and political chaos that now faces us all. She offers no guarantee of survival but calls us to commit to deep inner work as well as brave outer actions in defense of Earth, offering an inspiring and practical ‘post-doom manual’ to help us embrace the subtle but powerful benefits of accepting our planetary predicament ‘undaunted.’”
—Linda Buzzell, psychotherapist, ecotherapist, author, college educator and co-editor, Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind (Sierra Club Books)
Other Books by Carolyn Baker Ph.D.
Sacred Demise: Walking the Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse
Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse: Cultivating the Relationships we Need to Thrive
Dark Gold: The Human Shadow and the Global Crisis
Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition
Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times
Radical Regeneration: Birthing the New Human in the Age of Extinction
Co-authored with Andrew Harvey
Return to Joy
Savage Grace: Living Resiliently
in the Dark Night of the Globe
Saving Animals from Ourselves:
A Manifesto for Healing the Divine Animal Within
Carolyn Baker, Ph.D. a former psychotherapist and professor of psychology and history, Carolyn offers life and leadership coaching as well as spiritual counseling for people who want to live more resiliently in the present as they prepare for the future.
Carolyn works closely with Andrew Harvey and other spiritual luminaries to live and promote Sacred Activism – the marriage of effecting change in the world with consciousness transformation. With Andrew Harvey in 2020 she published Radical Regeneration: Birthing the New Human in the Age of Extinction.
She lives and writes in Boulder, Colorado and manages her website www.carolynbaker.net.