Victory on plastic bags! The California legislature has passed SB 270, which bans single-use plastic bags in grocery stores, pharmacies and other businesses. With Governor Brown’s signature, it will be the first statewide ban in the nation. Like so many groups, Green Sangha has worked for years to see this day. Thanks to everyone for your efforts – now let’s hope this spreads to the other 49 states!
People’s Climate March, Sun Sep 21. Join the world’s largest demonstration for climate protection in NYC next month. If you can’t make the trip to New York, come to the companion demonstration in Oakland at Lake Merritt, 2-5 pm. More info here.
California Coastal Cleanup, Sat Sep 20. This is the largest environmental volunteer event of the year, taking place at hundreds of parks, streamsides, and shorelines across the state. We will meet at McNear’s Beach, San Rafael, and in Emeryville, 9 am to noon. Details here.
We all know climate change is happening, but do we know how to speak to our friends, family, co-workers, or elected officials about it? Sanjen Miedzinksi, PhD, has written a monograph on the causes and effects of environmental collapse, with a deep, mindful basis for solutions to the mess. She will speak to your church, social group, work place, or classroom about how we can turn things around, starting with ourselves and moving outward proactively. More information here.
Looking for a service opportunity? We are looking for inspired, collaborative leaders to join our Board of Directors. Learn more here: Leadership. Other ways to get involved: check our Events tab above, see our listing of Volunteer Opportunities, or write to us: email@example.com.
Green Sangha is mindfulness-based environmental action. We offer monthly retreats, Mindful Activism Training, seasonal restoration days at Green Gulch, the Teen Environmental Leadership Academy, and more.
Meditation is the core practice that grounds us in the awareness of interdependence. From this awareness naturally springs love, understanding, and forgiveness. Learn more here: Why meditate?
Education. We educate ourselves and each other in order to live more wisely on the earth. We focus not so much on opposing destructive practices as on finding and promoting life-affirming alternatives. We speak to the good in others to inspire their participation in making the world a better place.
We educate through action sheets on target issues, through a visible presence at environmental festivals, and through direct outreach (speaking at schools, social clubs, churches, and community venues).
Actions. Green Sangha actions have addressed a wide range of issues, from rallying on the streets for climate protection, to testifying at public hearings on waste reduction, to participating in community clean-ups.
We collaborate with other environmental groups such as the Berkeley Ecology Center, Californians Against Waste, Earth Resource Foundation, Save the Bay, Sustainable San Rafael, and Transition Berkeley.
For a one-minute video on mindful practice for awakened action, click here: Get quiet, get active.