Recent, disconcerting studies on the state of ocean dystopia: -Plastics taken up in the food chain, and found in fish sold in the supermarket -Baby fish have been found to prefer eating plastic in plastic laden water than their natural food source (like junk food for a teenager) -Radiation from Fukushima has made its way … Continue reading Oceans are beyond suffering from plastics and pollutants
Chado, the way of tea and the art of the tea ceremony, is a way of cultivating the inner and the outer being, the wabi-sabi. The tea house is symbolically a place of peace, neutrality, and contemplation. In warring Japan in centuries past, the tea house served as the refuge, a place where samurai could … Continue reading Chado ~ the way of tea
Happening in Portland right now: "Massive Anti-Trump Rally." Happy for the civic awakening, just wish it could have been more pre-election support and momentum for Bernie vs. post-election frustration and protesting. Can this outflow of energy be also turned into post-election citizens organizing for climate justice, energy transitions, and green jobs across the community? What … Continue reading Power to the People: Ongoing responsibilities of Civic Engagement
'Trouble is the only thing we need more of' - in reference to more climate activists. Civil action is what democracy requires, and what it is built off of. If there is no alternative story, the status quo prevails. Being silent lends consent to the current practices of extractive industries, lax politicians, and lax national … Continue reading ‘Trouble is the only thing we need more of’
All great social movements and social leaders learn from each other, almost as if the torch is passed and the spirit carries on. Gandhi was inspired by the ideas of non-violence, self-reliance, civil disobedience, and equity of Tolstoy, Thoreau and John Ruskin. One of Martin Luther King Jr.'s key organizers, Bayard Rustin had been in … Continue reading What can the climate movement learn from nonviolent social movements?
Thanks Leo for your continued efforts in Before the Flood to bring awareness on a grand scale to the complex and overlapping climate issues at hand. Looking forward to checking out the latest effort, especially the solutions oriented talks with Obama, Elon Musk and the Pope (how exciting getting everyone on board!). See the trailer … Continue reading Stewarding awareness through films, talks, and collective movements ~