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Sweet Songs Collection No. 17 : The Climate Reality Project

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.

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Sweet Songs Collection No. 16 : CRC Research

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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Read case studies, access policy documents, powerful visuals, and a great deal more on this encyclopedic site.

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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Sweet Songs Collection No. 15 : The Post Carbon Institute and Resilience.org

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.

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Choice and Change: How does it work?

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.

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Sweet Songs Collection No. 14 : Peace First

PeaceFirstLogoPeace 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.

For more information about Peace First, click here.

Or check out the short introductory video on our Sweet Songs page here.

Sweet Songs Collection no. 12: Veterans For Peace


There are perhaps no more convincing arguments for peace than those made by the soldiers who have been on the front lines.

Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies working to build a culture of peace. Uniquely qualified by their experiences, they share their knowledge of the true causes and enormous costs of war. Founded in 1985 by 10 U.S. veterans in response to the global nuclear arms race and U.S. military interventions in Central America, the organisation now has over 140 chapters worldwide. Continue reading “Sweet Songs Collection no. 12: Veterans For Peace”

Sweet Songs Collection no. 11: The Transition Network

The Transition Network helps communities all over the world move toward a healthier lifestyle.
The Transition Network helps communities all over the world move toward fossil-free living.

The Transition Network is an initiative started in 2006 by Rob Hopkins and Naresh Giangrande. Over the years, the organisation has developed the core elements of a model that enables communities to move out of the age of fossil fuels toward healthier solutions.

“In our vision of the future, people work together to find ways to live with a lot less reliance on fossil fuels and on over-exploitation of other planetary resources, much reduced carbon emissions, improved wellbeing for all and stronger local economies. The Transition movement is an ongoing social experiment, in which communities learn from each other and are part of a global and historic push towards a better future for ourselves, for future generations and for the planet.”

For more information on The Transition Network, click here or watch a 6 minute introductory interview here, on our Sweet Songs page.

Sweet Songs Collection no. 10: The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) works to foster hope and inspiration and to promote active engagement in peace building. One of its main areas of activity is related to obtaining a signed treaty banning and eliminating all nuclear weapons worldwide. The organisation also offers educational resources to help people better understand the issues of peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons.

There are approximately 17,000 nuclear weapons in the world in nine countries: United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea. Over 90% nuclear weapons are in the arsenals of the United States and Russia.

For more information on The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, click here.

You can also watch a short introductory video here, on our Sweet Songs page.

Sweet Songs Collection no. 9: Words of Peace

The power of one

In the wake of the attacks on Paris, several individuals have stepped up to take a stand for peace and brotherhood, emphasizing the surprising influence one person can have on perceptions and attitudes.

Words of Peace is an independent charitable foundation set up by people who were inspired by  Prem Rawat, a man who has been sharing his message of peace for over five decades. The organisation provides access to materials and supports Mr. Rawat’s work. In 2014, over one million people heard him at live events as he toured over 40 cities and visited 16 countries.

For more on Words of Peace, click here

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