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.

Featured Action Organizations

  • Indigenous Climate Action: a coalition out of Ottawa, Canada seeking solutions to climate change by building a movement of Indigenous communities. Join them in asking City National Bank and the Royal Bank of Canada to stop violating Indigenous rights and fueling climate chaos.
  • Banco de Basques: a Patagonia grantee based in Argentina advocating for a change in the way natural resources are managed, campaigning to create national parks while fighting deforestation, poaching, and dams. (en Español)
  • EarthJustice: a San Francisco-based nonprofit environmental law firm wielding law and partnerships to protect people’s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change. In their words, they are here “because the earth needs a good lawyer.” Check out their action alerts here.

Featured Calls to Action

Upcoming

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