“It is an inflation to think you can manage the spirit. At best, you can learn to follow it.”
Arnold Mindell, author of The Shaman’s Body
Founded by renowned climate activist and Nobel Laureate Al Gore, the Climate Reality Project is dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis. With over 5 million members and a grassroots network of Climate Reality Leaders trained by Mr. Gore, the organisation stands up to denial, presses for solutions, and spreads the truth about climate change to empower leaders to solve the climate crisis. Below is one of the many videos produced by The Climate Reality Project explaining the basics of fossil fuel emissions and giving a hint of the way forward.
Community Research Connections (CRC) offers several resources to help communities move toward more sustainable development. The organisation brings a Canadian perspective to climate change adaptation and mitigation and to biodiversity conservation.
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You can also watch a short video in which director Ann Dale shares her vision of sustainable communities on our Sweet Songs Collection page here.
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Resilience.org, a program of the Post Carbon Institute (PCI) formerly known as Energy Bulletin, covers peak oil and energy, resource depletion and related issues. The site is a great hub for networking and information. It provides clear definitions of the issues, a section for groups engaged in building resilience, as well as user-generated and PCI articles, reports and other resources.
“The dilemma of modern life is to understand that there are not only consequences directly caused by what we do but also subtle and indirect effects that, when taken collectively, can cause havoc on the systems that sustain us.”
Ann Morrow, Upaya Environmental Chaplain, Zen Peacemaker Order
Montrealers wishing to support the City’s transition to a more resilient state might consider supporting Ms Morrow’s brief in the context of the VertMontreal public consultations by filling out the online form here.
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by Hélène Montpetit
The Thoreau quote above and the work of the organisations featured in our Sweet Songs Collection help me believe that I can make a difference. I too can build foundations for my dreams, I too can contribute to bringing about peace, building community or finding ways around destructive cultural norms. All I need to do is take steps toward positive change.
However, to achieve any objectives related to change, it helps to understand not only what needs to change but also how it can be made to. What follows is a quick summary of what I have learned so far about the basics of change. I have listed sources and further reading for those who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding. Your suggestions are also more than welcome.
Peace First (formerly Peace Games) began as an annual festival organized by Dr. Francelia Butler, a professor of children’s literature. The event brought children together to play cooperative games and share their visions for peace. Eventually, it grew from an annual event into an independent non-profit organisation that now operates in Boston, Los Angeles, and New York.
Peace First currently leads a national movement celebrating young people and their potential to create positive change. The organisation teaches peacemaking skills, empowers educators and parents to teach and model these skills and values, and creates social messages that raise expectations for young people to demonstrate compassion and empathy.
Or check out the short introductory video on our Sweet Songs page here.
by Hélène Montpetit
Are you familiar with the curse “May you live in interesting times?” It’s been on my mind lately as I wonder what, if anything, we are supposed to do about the economic hardships, armed conflicts, acts of terror, and all manner of other things competing to ensure historians will want to pore over and analyse the turn of the 21st century.
Since I do have–(as a Twitter friend recently put it)–a lovely glass-three-quarters-full worldview, I of course wonder whether blessings can’t be found under the curses of our very own interesting times. Continue reading “Choice and Change: Living in interesting times”
The Commons Transition Platform is an open public forum that favours collaborative endeavours and local projects. Based on a commons-driven perspective, it makes available practical information and policy proposals. Open to all, it is a gateway to a network of people committed to positive change at the local, national and international levels. Continue reading “Sweet Songs Collection no. 13: Commons Transition”