Folk from Findhorn and the neighbouring Forres Transition Towns group got together last week to create a floral display promoting the 350 global campaign. This blooming good idea was part of the annual Forres in Bloom effort and is aimed at raising awareness of the need to stabilise greenhouse gas emissions at no more than 350 parts per million (see www.350.org for more details).
This action is part of a growing momentum within the community around climate change issues – and, specifically, around two events coming up in the autumn.
First up is Through the Dark Wood – Courageous Conversations on the Way to a Better Place 3 – 5 October, with David Whyte and Richard Olivier. This is a three-day Mythodrama journey to explore a different kind of future where individual imagination is an essential aspect of creating a sustainable society.
Then, in December, a number of community members, including Jonathan Dawson, who was until recently the President of the Global Ecovillage Network, will be at the UN’s Climate Change talks in Copenhagen that seek to negotiate a global accord to replace the Kyoto Protocol.
The community is abuzz with films, presentations, talks, workshops and actions on the converging crises that are unfolding. Unsurprisingly, the general mood is one of excitement at the new world that is being born, echoing the words of green economist, Hazel Henderson: A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.