One Earth Sangha

One Earth Action

Forms and Opportunities for Engaged Practice

Despair is paralysis. It robs us of agency. It blinds us to our own power and the power of the earth. Environmental despair is a poison every bit as destructive as the methylated mercury in the bottom of Onondaga Lake. But how can we submit to despair while the land is saying "Help"?

— Robin Wall Kimmerer

No small part of our challenge is the pervasive poverty of agency. How often do we hear, including from ourselves, “but I’m just one person”? Yet both Dharma and sociology disagree. Our words and actions matter so much and indeed they are all we have.

Yet whether or not our actions make a big difference that we can actually see, feel, and touch is, in a way, none of our business. Our opportunity is to meaningfully respond. We can speak in ways that actually help. We can act in ways that are deeply rooted, skillful, strategic, and unattached to specific outcomes.

“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.” -Angela Davis

 

Featured Action Organizations

  • Malala Fund: Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai founded Malala Fund in 2013 to champion every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education. Together their board, leadership council, and staff are creating a more equal world by making sure all girls can go to school. As Regeneration points out, “An educated populace of women improves a nation’s health, food security, and economy. However, only one in four nations has achieved parity in upper-secondary school enrollment, and very few poor, rural young women are able to complete their education in a number of countries deeply impacted by climate disasters… Their leadership and participation is an effective, rights-based path to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and leads to more effective and just climate action.” Malala Fund invests in local educators and advocates — the people who best understand girls in their communities — in regions where the most girls are missing out on secondary school, and they advocate at local, national and international levels for resources and policy changes to give all girls a secondary education. Additionally, their publication Assembly amplifies girls’ voices and shares their stories in a digital publication and newsletter.
  • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy: IATP envisions agriculture, trade and food systems that are good for people, farmers and food system workers, ecosystems, and social justice globally. With their partners, they advocate for policy at state, federal, and international levels. Their research and analysis are guided by values of economic and racial justice, environmental sustainability and resilience, and strong democratic institutions, and their policy advocacy is shaped in close collaboration with social movements, coalitions, and civil society organizations.
  • Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive: CoFED is a U.S. and Canada based QTBIPOC-led organization that partners with young folks of color to build food and land co-ops with the intention of meeting their communities’ needs through food and land co-ops. They are building the leadership of young people from poor and working-class backgrounds to practice cooperative values, economics, and strategies for collective liberation. CoFED partners with food and land co-ops across the US and Canada to embody cooperative values and economics. Since 2011, they’ve developed 12 new cooperative projects, trained over 600 emerging cooperative leaders, and cultivated a community of nearly 4,000 supporters across the U.S. and Canada.

Featured Calls to Action

Upcoming

Global:

  • COP15, the 15th Conference of the Parties of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity, was held December 7-16 in Montreal, Canada. Faiths at COP15, a coalition of faith-based organizations and conservation groups who advocate for biodiversity and support urgent international action, hosted a number of events. Watch the recordings here.

Australia:

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Ongoing Opportunities

Upcoming

  • #StopLine3: Check out the  @stopline3 linktree for information about how to join the movement by donating, attending a workshop or rally, helping allies on the frontlines get supplies, and more.
  • Oak Flat: US residents can ask your members of Congress to support and co-sponsor the Save Oak Flat Act.
  • Sign the Multi-faith Climate Statement to be presented to world leaders at COP26 in November 2021.

Ongoing Opportunities

Featured Campaigns

A call to defend sacred land of the Western Apache
Mining companies are threatening to turn a sacred site into a copper pit. Many Apaches are working to defend their historic homeland, and you can help.
Opportunities to Counter Structural Greed
United around a set of equity principles, this broad coalition confronts the financial sector institutions that fund climate chaos. If you're looking for a way to counter institutionalized greed, this might be a place for your practice.

Restoration is a powerful antidote to despair. Restoration offers concrete means by which humans can once again enter into positive creative relationship with the more-than-human world, meeting responsibilities that are simultaneously material and spiritual. It's not enough to grieve. It's not enough to just stop doing bad things.

— Robin Wall Kimmerer

Stories of Engaged Practice

Buddhism, Social Change, and Skillful Means
How should our practice influence our political engagement? In 2012, three Buddhist leaders explored this provocative question in a conversation that feels just as urgent today as it did then.