4th November 2009, by Manda Stretch
350 is one of the most important social movements of our time. Here at Findhorn we have been supporting this through many consciousness raising activities and gatherings throughout the year. The most recent was on the 24th of October, for the International Day of Climate Action.
If you haven’t heard of 350, then the mission statement is a good place to start:
|350.org is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis – the solutions that science and justice demand.|
For 6 years I held the dream of sharing the wisdom of Chief Seattle with my community and the ‘350’ worldwide day of action offered me the opportunity to do so.
We gathered in the Universal Hall, 220 of us, for the event. It was one of thousands of actions around the globe to show the world governors the strength of this grassroots desire for action on climate change. I felt privileged to be part of it.
Jonathan Dawson welcomed everybody and gave us a few words about the worldwide action. He then handed over the floor to me and, with the words attributed to Native American Chief Seattle, after whom the American city Seattle is named, as our mantra, and with our group of musicians supporting us, all 220 of us chanted, toned, hummed, danced and cried together.
I then divided the people into 8 ‘tribes’ representing the 8 teachings…
Every part of the earth is sacred to my people.
We are part of the earth and it is part of us.
All things share the same breath.
If the beasts were gone we would die from a great loneliness of spirit.
All things are connected.
This we know; the earth does not belong to us.
We belong to the earth.
Our god is the same god.
In turn, the ‘tribes’ representing each teaching danced their interpretation in the centre of circles formed by the rest of us, chanting and holding the tune. It was powerful.
The ceremony ended with everyone being given pebbles and grouping together to form the ‘350’ logo. With the sound of the pebbles clicking together we joined the musicians in a spontaneous celebration and chanting of 350.
By this stage, several hours later, I felt more connected to Mother Earth, myself and others. I felt a lot of love was generated.
As we left the Hall a double rainbow illuminated the sky… gratitude… gratitude…
Collaborative Art Project
by Hannah Eubanks
To fulfill an assignment for a collaborative art project, four of the Findhorn Community Semester students collected plastic from community members to build a labyrinth.
“Most of the plastic cannot be recycled in this area and is just thrown away. We encouraged people to walk the labyrinth being mindful of the things in their inner life and in their outer world that are being wasted and of ways they could reuse those things instead.”
The project coincided with the 350 Day of Climate Action.