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Up the mountain and down again

CHILD:     “Why must we scale the mountain?”

WOMAN:  “Because it is in our path.”

CHILD:      “Will the climb be difficult?”

WOMAN:  “At times grassy and fair, at times icy and treacherous. We will only know as we go.”

CHILD:     “What is at the top?”

WOMAN:  “All we may know and clearly see, but only once all clouds are dispelled.”

CHILD:      “And what then?”

WOMAN:  “Then we may sing as we come down the other side and share what we have seen.”

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Choice and Change: How do You Respond to Global Issues?

by Hélène Montpetit

This series on choice and change was born out of a personal need for clarity and direction at a time when there seemed to me to be little room in the world for my values and approach to life. It was only when I began to research people and organizations working for positive change that I realized I actually was in good company. For decades now, all around the world, thousands of people have been actively adopting different lifestyles and creating more collaborative and humane systems in the process. Many are featured here in the Sweet Songs collection. I am happy to also have found several groups of like minded people in my own home town, some of which have been the subject of posts in the local initiatives section of the site.

I recently had the pleasure of moderating a Transition NDG film and discussion event. The evening’s featured film was Cultural Creatives—The (R)Evolution, by Frigyes Fogel. Produced in 2011, it presents information about emerging groups who contribute creative solutions to the crises of our times. Julia Itel, a young woman currently working on her Master’s thesis on Cultural Creatives and spirituality, was there to share her knowledge with the group. She gave the phenomenon context by drawing a timeline and telling us about changes that have been taking place in our metanarratives in the context of postmodernism. I hope to include some of her work here at a later date when its publication is allowed, but for now, here is a quick summary of what I took away from the evening. I would be curious to know whether you recognize your style of response to global issues in the descriptions that follow.

Continue reading “Choice and Change: How do You Respond to Global Issues?”

Changes to Hands Across Our Green Spaces Flash Mobs

Despite our extending the deadline and making a final appeal for increased registration, only about half the number of people required signed up to take part in the Hands Across Our Green Spaces event planned for June 10th. Accordingly, we have stepped back for now and will be looking at how to improve participation levels for a possible revisiting of the concept next Fall.

Several concerned groups will still hold activities, so if you are in Montreal on June 10th and 11th and want to take part in community events designed to support natural habitats or active transportation infrastructure, consider going out to one of the following locations: Continue reading “Changes to Hands Across Our Green Spaces Flash Mobs”

Sauvons La Falaise endorses Hands Across Our Green Spaces

We are happy to announce that Sauvons la Falaise has added its name to the list of Montreal non-profit environmental groups endorsing Hands Across Our Green Spaces, a fun and healthy way to support the conservation of Greater Montreal’s wild and natural spaces.

Take a peek, get inspired, sign up here!

Saturday, June 10 2017 – from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

 

About Hands Across Our Green Spaces

There’s a flashmob coming together in and around Greater Montreal and it is a fun and healthy way to support the conservation of our wild and natural spaces. Take a peek, get inspired, sign up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RLZMSS7

Saturday, June 10 2017 – from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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Looks Like Montreal Could Use Tutoring On Environmental Issues

By Hélène Montpetit

Is Montreal Really an Environmental Dunce?
Adopted in April 2016, the Charter for the Protection of Montreal’s Green Spaces and Natural Environments was signed by over 100 city planners, biologists, sociologists, economists, public health and social housing experts, as well as about 40 citizens groups. On April 20th, to mark its first anniversary, Forum Nature Montréal handed the City a Green Report Card. The final grade came out of a survey in which participants assessed Montreal’s performance on priority environmental issues such as the protection of natural environments and biodiversity, the reduction of urban sprawl and the accessibility of green spaces for all residents. How did the City fare? An overwhelming majority of respondents gave it a poor (D) or miserable (E) rate on all counts! Continue reading “Looks Like Montreal Could Use Tutoring On Environmental Issues”

Hands Across Our Green Spaces

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Saturday, June 10 2017 – from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Are you ready to WALK THE TALK AND SHOW your love of Nature?

Will you stand shoulder to shoulder with your fellow Montrealers to SUPPORT THE CONSERVATION OF OUR NATURAL FLORA AND FAUNA?

Concerned citizens of the Greater Montreal Area are invited to hold hands in SILENT VIGIL AND FORM A HUMAN BARRIER AROUND KEY ENDANGERED WILD SPACES to create a massive consciousness raising event.

At least 500 participants are required to make this silent flashmob work, so please share this information widely.

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Please commit by filling out our registration form between now and May 27 – you will find it by clicking on this link.

A follow up email will be sent out on or before Saturday, June 3, 2017. to let you know if we will be going ahead.

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Sweet Songs Collection no. 27: Resilience

A program of the Post Carbon Institute, Resilience.org provides news and information on  energy, the depletion of critical resources, complex environmental crises and related social and economic issues. It also shares the creative solutions various groups and individuals have thought up or implemented to overcome these challenges.

A great one-stop way to stay informed on current initiatives, the site features articles by various experts, journalists, publications, associations and NGOs such as Yes! Magazine, the Sustainable Food Trust, Circle of Blue and others. It also publishes book reviews and links to films on relevant topics.

To access resilience.org, click here.

Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

16-year-old Songwriter Influences Approaches to Senior Housing

by Hélène Montpetit

“Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?”
Lennon/McCartney

I think a song Paul McCartney wrote when he was 16 may be at the root of a revolutionary trend in senior housing. Released in 1967 on the album Sgt. Peppers’ Lonely Hearts Club Band, When I’m 64 became Baby Boomers’ cheerful, cheeky poke at their parents’ generation.

Now that their own golden age is upon them, flower children are coming together to make sure they are not carted away to senior ghettos set apart from the world. These new seniors are considering reliving past experiences in communes and intentional communities or have started eyeing ecovillages, off-grid communities and tiny housing developments. Continue reading “16-year-old Songwriter Influences Approaches to Senior Housing”

Charles Eisenstein: Stepping Into A New Story

Charles Eisenstein is a man with a message. It is a message of hope that starts with a serious look at real truths. The short video below is a thought-provoking summary of what he has to say. If you are so inclined, let it be your first stop on a journey of discovery. I hope it will lead you to new friends, inspiring ideas, and practical steps to improve quality of life (yours and that of others).

 

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