Organizers of Climate Justice Fast have issued an invitation for those concerned about climate change to engage in 1 additional day of fasting on Thursday, December 17. I am joining them. In my RSVP to the invitation, I have mentioned my membership in Green Sangha, which has inspired me to work more consistently for environmental justice-you can see my posting at the Climate Justice Fast web page-“about us”, under the U.S. flag: http://climatejusticefast.com/pages/debra-birkinshaw/. Several Green Sangha Sonoma County chapter members have joined me in this action, in solidarity with over 1,000 Climate Justice Fast activists who are holding press conferences in Copenhagen.
Tomorrow, December 7, is the first day of the Copenhagen climate talks. After reading about Climate Justice Fast, I organized a 12 hour fast for this day, in solidarity with activists from 23 other countries that are fasting for this cause. Several Green Sangha Sonoma County chapter members are joining me. We are donating the equivalent of what we would normally eat during the day to the Redwood Empire Food Bank, to call attention to the link between climate change, drought and famine world-wide. Here is a video that tells the story: Climate Justice Fast
Visit the link to the Climate Justice Fast Website. Our local action is listed under the United States flag as “Sonoma County Community Fast” : http://www.climatejusticefast.com/about-us/
Song of the Builders
On a summer morning
I sat down
on a hillside
to think about God –
a worthy pastime.
Near me, I saw
a single cricket;
it was moving the grains of the hillside
this way and that way.
How great was its energy,
how humble its effort.
Let us hope
it will always be like this,
each of us going on
in our inexplicable ways
building the universe.
27 members of Green Sangha Sonoma County played their own part in building the universe on October 24th, the 350.org global call for action on climate protection measures. We joined hearts, minds and hands together to till the earth, to enrich the soil, and plant vegetables. We have planted hope, nourished friendships, and initiated the building of community.
Several of our chapter members are joining the organization Climate Action Fast in their effort to awaken everyone to the necessity for climate protection measures. Our part is to fast on December 7, the first day of the Copenhagen talks, from 7 AM to 7 PM. We have pledged to donate the equivalent of what we would normally eat that day to our local food bank. The purpose of this action is to call attention to the plight of those who suffer drought and famine throughout the world, due to climate change. We have invited several local leaders to join in this day of action, to bring awareness of the Copenhagen talks and to garner legislative support for strident targets to reduce CO2 to under 350 ppm.
On December 12, several members of our chapter will attend a planning meeting on local food production organized by Transition Sebastopol. Members living in West County will support the ongoing efforts in Sebastopol and Cotati, while members living in Central County will collaborate with other sustainability-oriented organizations to create a Transition City initiative in Santa Rosa. The Transition Town movement has as its goal to build resilience in preparation for the post-carbon era.
Our focus in the ongoing work with the Garden Wheel project will be on healthy, local and accessible food production, which is a part of all Transition Town initiatives. Wendy Krupnick, instructor in the Sustainable Horticulture program at SRJC, aptly calls the series of Garden Wheels we hope to establish in different neighborhoods, “less like wheels-more like gears set in motion.” She offered to help us connect with the “I Grow” county program through the Sonoma County Health Services department.
Together we move more “grains of the hillside” than we would be able to do alone. Sangha is community, and community contains its own joyful power.