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12 Steps

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  1. We admit that we need help from family, friends and community to cure our addiction to fossil fuels, and that millions if not billions of lives across the world have become difficult or unbearable because of our addiction.
  2. We rely on faith and a power greater than ourselves to restore us to sanity and compassion, whatever we may call that power - God, Nature, Sun or any of a thousand names for spiritual unfolding and fulfilling lives.
  3. We take a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  4. We admit to the higher power, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  5. We do not insulate ourselves from the pain of the world with our hyperactivity, drugs and alcohol, or compulsive overconsumption, and we begin to let go.
  6. We acknowledge that our work is for the world, in the world, affecting the world - it is our choice whether it is for good or for ill.
  7. We serve others of this and future generations, and in so doing we serve our true selves.
  8. We list all of the harms we have caused by our indulgence in excess, overconsumption and fossil fuel addiction, and become willing to make amends for them all.
  9. We make direct amends by our actions wherever possible.
  10. We continue to take personal inventory, and when we are wrong promptly admit it.
  11. Through prayer or meditation we seek to improve our conscious contact with benign and compassionate forces of the universe, and the strength to carry out our mission of living in harmony with the Earth and its creatures.
  12. We share our awakening with carbon addicts everywhere, and practice these principles in all of our affairs, including transformation of the political and economic arenas of which we are a part.


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