Together with a broad range of faith and non-faith partners, we are launching today a new sustainability initiative and encouraging your participation. The core of this campaign is an invitation to, in the context of supportive community, face the difficulty of our unsustainable personal and household carbon emissions and then, grounded in our deepest values, commit to meaningful response. Specifically, the campaign is calling for
- Commit to reduce
Dharma teachers, Sangha leaders, Sangha members, experienced meditators and brand new practitioners are invited to commit to reducing personal / household carbon emissions in three specific areas, transportation, diet and home energy.
- Courageous, compassionate sharing
To build community, learn from one another and normalize these efforts, we invite participates to share their experiences with keeping commitments, the challenges, rewards, beautiful surprises, vexing frustrations, spiritual insights and logistical roadblocks encountered along the way.
- Affirm Goodness
Join people within and across spiritual communities in local events celebrating our efforts to Live the Change during Earth Care Week, October 7 – 14.
Earth is a blessing. She supports life and is the basis of all our economies. She conveys beauty and evokes our recognition of something greater than ourselves. She is our temple, our mosque, our sanctuary, our cathedral. Our home.
— Living the Change campaign
GreenFaith and our funding partners believe that people can make and sustain significant changes in their lives when they are grounded in their deepest values and supported by communities of meaning. In this energized collaboration, One Earth Sangha is honored to represent Mindfulness and Buddhist communities in partnering with The Bhumi Project, representing Hindus; the Global Muslim Climate Network; Hazon representing the Jewish faith, The Global Catholic Climate Movement, Living Witness, representing Quakers; even the World Evangelical Alliance representing Evangelical Christians and more. In a time when divisiveness is on the rise, we are deeply inspired by this diverse set of organizations in beautiful cooperation, each sharing both the particular gifts and challenges of our Paths, in this project to honor and protect life.
So Many Questions
Together, we’ll be exploring the beauty and the very real challenges in this campaign in the coming weeks and months. Even in our own conversations, we wrestle with difficulties and want to open these up with you. Questions like,
- Isn’t this a distraction from the real change we need in public policy and checks on corporations? Don’t we all need to keep our focus on systems change?
- Even if they are not a distraction, at this stage, do household sustainability measures really matter?
- What about the unsustainable behavior of communities, organizations and governments?
- Do people really change their behavior and if so how?
- How can we break the deafening silence on climate without alienating others or isolating ourselves?
- And anyways, what does all this have to do with my practice, Dharma or Mindfulness?
The first of these is articles comes out tomorrow: Déjà vu, Recyling 2: Haven’t We Been Here Before?
Connect, Connect, Connect
The campaign is just underway. We’re hoping you will be able to participate in the following support events, which are all about making connections, and even organize your own.
- Join our Living the Change webinar on July 26, 12:00 – 1:00 pm US Eastern with Susie Harrington and Lou Leonard. Registration opens tomorrow.
- Get inspired by people actually working together across lines of difference in multi-faith collaboration at LivingTheChange.net.
- Call for leaders at all levels to make, keep and increase their reduction pledges by joining a local People’s Climate Movement’s Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice event on Sept 8.
- If you live in Northern California or will be in the Bay Area for the Global Climate Action Summit, join us for a day of inspiration and practice at our daylong, Loving this Earth: Engaging Mindfully in the Healing of Our World at Spirit Rock.
- Pledge and share your pledge. You’ll soon have the opportunity to pledge your own commitments to reduce personal emissions and then share that with one person, a few friends, your sangha or social media followers
- Engage your community: Share this initiative, develop pledge buddy and other commitment support ideas and start planning your celebration events for Earth Care Week, October 7 – 14 ( potentially followed by the fall EcoSattva Training series!)
Finally, while on the topic of Earth Care Week, just like in previous years, the final Sunday, October 14 of Earth Care Week marks the opening to this fall’s EcoSattva Training with a community webinar. Registration and more details coming soon, but you might want to start gathering interest and planning your meeting times!
One Earth Sangha is honored to work on this initiative, organized by GreenFaith, with our partners from Mindfulness and other spiritual traditions.
Are you inspired, concerned, skeptical, excited, nonplussed? Great. We want to hear from you in the comments below!
May our collective efforts nourish the potential for a new way to flourish, a diverse, justice-oriented and sustainable way, that protects and respects beings, similar and different, near and far, born and unborn.
Engaging Mindfully in the Healing of Our World
In conjunction with the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, on Saturday, September 15 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Spirit Rock Meditation Center and One Earth Sangha will host an exploration of the power of mindful presence to meet global ecological crises with active compassion. This special day of inspired teaching, music and conversation will feature Julia Butterfly Hill, Jack Kornfield, Joanna Macy, Anam Thubten, Verlinda Montoya, James Baraz, Naomi Newman and more. This event will be live-streamed so we encourage you to gather with others in your community to join all day or the sessions that work with your schedule.
We’re delighted to report that we’ll be joined by Christiana Figueres, the architect of the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement and co-coordinator with Governor Jerry Brown of the Global Climate Action Summit. Christiana is a practitioner in the Plum Village tradition and has spoken publicly about the role that her teacher, Thich Naht Hanh, and her practice played in supporting the forging of the Paris accords. The program will feature Christiana in conversation with Spirit Rock founder, Jack Kornfield, and One Earth Sangha co-founder, Lou Leonard.
Live the Change
This event is part of One Earth Sangha’s collaboration with partners in the faith traditions to bring fully embodied and spiritual grounded, response to ecological crises. Learn more about Living the Change here.
Join Us on September 15th
Whether you’re brand new to meditation or sitting at the precipice of enlightenment, we hope you’ll join us for this unique opportunity to meet this historic moment with a wise and responsive heart.
Generosity is a powerful force,
one that has a way of multiplying.
Between now and year’s end, the multiplication is immediate.
Thanks to one of our generous supporters, if you donate by midnight on December 31,
your contribution to One Earth Sangha be matched, dollar for dollar.
It has been an extraordinary year. Global environmental change is now manifesting in losses, sometimes devastating, for millions of people around the world. In this year alone, we bear witness to the large-scale suffering caused by climate-charged fires, hurricanes and floods. The world continues to lose the great wealth that is our natural biodiversity and every day, millions of individual animals are treated as units of production instead of dignified, sentient beings.
Meanwhile, empowered political leaders seek to distract our attention and divide social cohesion all while granting more advantage to the already advantaged. We face ever-accumulating and simultaneous environmental and social justice crises, evidenced most recently in Puerto Rico, a perfect storm of climate-charged weather, political callousness, and aggressive racial bias resting on a deep history of the objectification of people and planet.
As you look forward to the coming year, knowing our challenges will continue, what will guide you? What connections, practices and wisdom will help you respond in a way that affirms, nourishes and protects basic goodness?
We at One Earth Sangha have never been more honored to collaborate with all of you to bring the wisdom and practices of the Dharma to this global moment. We support a vision of spiritual engagement on collective issues that includes but is not limited to resistance, that sees and counters harm but is not defined by it. Indeed, we find our own freedom not despite our conditions but through them.
We look forward to continuing this collaboration with you in 2018, exploring new projects and partnerships. But we cannot move forward without your support. With gratitude and humility, we invite you to include One Earth Sangha in your year-end giving.
Now is the time! A generous donor has agreed to pledge up to $5,000 in matching funds if you donate between now and midnight, December 31.