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Blogging for Climate Change

October 15, 2009 by Andrew Baerthel
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Blog Action DayToday, for the third consecutive year, over 10,000 blogs will be discussing one single issue. An issue that has been foremost in the works and practices at Yasodhara Ashram: climate change. The idea began in 2007 as a way to unite blogs, and to focus on raising awareness of a single issue, triggering global discussion. Last year, over 10 million readers tuned in to read about global poverty. For more information about Blog Action Day, as well as links to other participating blogs and their posts on climate change, click here.

[Edit: This post was selected as having one of the Top 7 Videos of Blog Action Day 2009 out of over 13,000 blog posts! To view the other selections as well as many other articles supporting climate change, click here.]

The ashram has committed itself to many green initiatives, including setting a goal to be carbon neutral by 2013, it’s 50th anniversary. Recently, construction began on three ‘eco-rustic’, sustainable cabins a short distance from the main property, allowing more people to work here and be a part of the community while still maintaining an independant lifestyle and using low impact green technology. In recent years, solar and geothermal installations have been retrofitted to heat and power several buildings on the main property, and plans continue to unfold in converting what used to be a furnace building into a food storage and preservation facility.

Yasodhara Ashram

It doesn’t stop at the manifest level, however. In a recent Lightwaves post, ashram resident Satya reflected on putting spiritual values into action and what it means to be sustainable. Readers were invited to explore a spiritual practice, to measure their own carbon footprints, and to inquire how climate change can begin from within. To view this article, you may click here.

Following several environmental awards, including Tourism BC’s 2009 Environmentally Responsible Tourism Award more awareness has been generated as to what the ashram is doing both locally and within our own community. 25% of all food that is consumed at the ashram is grown it’s own organic garden, much of the remainder coming from taking part in local food co-ops.

From October 4th to 6th, 37 high school students from the surrounding area spent a weekend at the ashram taking part in a Social Justice and Sustainability conference led by The Sierra Club of BC in partnership with Wild Sight and The BC Youth Climate Leadership Alliance. The workshops focused on several elements of sustainability and led to the creation of action groups that the students could take forward and bring into their communities. As part of a local high school program entitled, “Quest for Community”, the students have explored several sustainable communities, of which the ashram was identified as one of interest. In the following video, one of the facilitators as well as two of the students share their experience.

On October 24th, the ashram and Lightwaves will be supporting the 2009 International Day of Climate Change. For more information and to find out how you can take part, you may visit 350.org

For more about Yasodhara Ashram, courses, retreats and events, click here.
For more videos from Yasodhara Ashram on YouTube, click here.

As part of our initiative to increase the compatibility and accessibility of our content, we have formatted this video to a widescreen aspect ratio that is friendly to most mobile devices and widescreen computer monitors. In order to post longer, higher quality content, we have begun hosting videos like this one on our server. If you would like to donate to the Yasodhara Ashram Society click here.


3 Comments »

  1. Thank you. It is so reassuring to see concrete actions and commitments towards a sustainable future and especially to see these modelled for young people. As a teacher, I have seen these modelled so rarely, but times such as these make action critical. I eagerly anticipate my first visit to the ashram at some future date as I have been reading Swami Radha’s writings for nearly a year now and feel immense gratitude for her teachings, for this intentional community and for the difference you are making beyond yourselves. Namaste.

    Comment by Stephanie — October 16, 2009 @ 4:07 pm

  2. Beside global warming, there is another environmental threat we should be aware of: chemtrails. Any comments?

    Comment by Maria — October 21, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

  3. nice video!

    Comment by Oliver Giving — November 4, 2009 @ 6:25 pm

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