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Global Work Party + Blog Action Day

change is a choice

October 1, 2010 by Lightwaves

October is a month of grassroots activism around the world.

Two events are capturing the attention of global citizens and a multitude of communities that seek proactive change.

On Sunday, October 10th, 2010, 350.org is facilitating the largest environmental activism event in history: the Global Work Party with 5626 events (and counting) in over 183 countries.

On Friday, October 15th, 2010, change.org is raising awareness and triggering a global discussion with Blog Action Day. This year’s theme is WATER.

Yasodhara Ashram will be involved in these two events, supporting the discussions and launching two initiatives to create momentum for our goal of carbon neutrality by 2013 (our 50th anniversary).

Over the course of the next 3 years, you, our readers, are invited to work with us as we navigate the path forward. To frame the discussion, we have chosen to focus on the planning of a meal – a post carbon meal.

postcarbonmeal.org is intended to be a place of inquiry. 8 questions will guide the initial process with the hopes that you will contribute your ideas and questions, allowing the dialogue to evolve as needed.

Planting crops for a post carbon meal

The second initiative is the Comprehensive Land Management Project that will cultivate conscious care and provide experiential education for the ashram’s 115 acres. Stay tuned this month for more information on this endeavor.

Over the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, which falls on 10/10/10, the ashram residents, karma yogis, and guests will participate in a locally harvested organic meal and engage in an open forum to raise awareness and generate ideas for addressing the numerous social and environmental issues of our time.

In furthering our inquiry of the post carbon meal, the conversations will cover a breadth of issues, including water, local seed collectives, bioregionalism, migrant labour rights, Indigenous food sovereignty, wild-crafting, seed saving, agricultural planning.

To celebrate our local efforts and those of our global grassroots partners, we will also shake it up with a Global Work Party/dance party, featuring a slide show and video footage of the 10/10/10 events around the world.

Grassroots activism worldwide

10/10/10 Global Work Party Ideas – it’s not too late to participate or register an event! Here are some of the event highlights thus far:

  • Funniest: Sumo wrestlers cycling to practice in downtown Tokyo.
  • Smallest country taking part: Divers on the smallest island nation of the world, Nauru (8.1 square miles) will plunge into their coral reefs for an underwater clean-up.
  • Most cross-cultural: Over 100 cyclists from Jordan, Israel and Palestine taking part in a 3-day bicycle relay to carry water from the Yarmouk River and the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea to symbolize the need for cooperation to stop climate change and save precious water resources.
  • Most carbon cut: On 10/10/10 the Mayor of Mexico City will sign a commitment to reduce the city’s emissions 10% in a single year. The city government will be directly responsible for 5% of the reductions and lead a public campaign to get citizens to cut the remaining 5%.

What is our stance on WATER?

The purpose of Blog Action Day is to create a worldwide discussion. Bloggers (people who write for a blog – like Lightwaves) take a single day out of their schedule and focus on an important issue. By doing so on the same day, the blogging community effectively changes the conversation on the web and focuses global attention on that issue. Out of this discussion naturally flow ideas, advice, plans, and action.

Last year, our post grabbed a notable mention, making the list of ‘top 7 videos to see’ from Blog Action Day ’09. To view our video from last year, “Blogging for Climate Change” click here. This year, with the theme of Water, we are eager to shed light on this often-overlooked topic.

Follow us on facebook and our two blogs – Lightwaves and post carbon meal to take part in the discussions and offer your insights and potential solutions.

1 Comment »

  1. I became so enthused reading your article; it is well written to provide both the international and the Ashram perspectives on positive action around the world. I will think about what change I can make on 10/10/10 right here. Your actions give me yet another reason to be proud of the Ashram community. Thank you.

    Comment by Terri — October 2, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

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