"As I deepened my understanding I began to see that the international climate negotiations were also paralyzed in a victim/perpetrator dynamic, and that I could choose which seeds to water I could water the seeds of contention, historic confrontation and distrust, or I could choose to water the seeds of understanding and solidarity not only for myself but for the entire system. Over time, confrontation gave way to cooperation and eventually all 195 countries were able to unanimously agree on a path forward together.
a student of Thay's
who directed the successful Conferences of the Parties around the world, culminating in the historical Paris Agreement of 2015
(this is from a wonderful article about her in the
Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation's Annual Highlights -
the rest of the story is below)...
I hope you are well and happy and enjoying every minute of this glorious day on this beautiful planet.
We have been able to witness the brilliant harvest moon and the little bit of chill that is announcing the arrival of the Autumnal Equinox.
There are lots of opportunities coming up to be joyfully together and to deepen our practice.
The Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation has asked Sanghas to support the Student Strike for the Climate Rally his coming Friday some of us will be taking part in it in Providence. There is a schedule and all the info below.
Because it is a full day, we will have two meeting places and times for those who would like to take part in part of the day. https://actionnetwork.org/events/rhode-island-climate-strike-3
This coming Saturday is the Sangha Picnic. We will gather at 12 noon at Colt State Park in Bristol in shelter #3. To share a vegetarian potluck , and enjoy each other's company. Please feel free to friends, family, pets, games, songs, and your lovely selves!
Then on Sunday, we will be gathering for our 4th Sunday gathering at St. Augustine's church on Lower College Rd in Kingston, RI at 6 PM . We will enjoy sitting, walking, sitting meditation and sharing the Dharma. Renee will be facilitating. I hope you will be able to be with us.
As Pogo once said, "We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities!"
And then, of course...to water seeds of joy....
with much love and the lullaby of multitudes of crickets for you,
Climate Rally on Friday the 20th
The latest schedule for the day from the students is below.
It would be wonderful to experience this global event together!
So for Sangha members who would like to join us....
The morning folks will meet up in front of the RI Foundation Building 1 Union Station, Providence, (Burnside Park side) at 9:30am?
Also, it looks like the march from the Park to the Innovation Center is approximately 10 mins by foot and the march from the Innovation Center to the state house is 10-15 mins depending on the route taken.
For those who would prefer not to march, and join us in the afternoon, we can also set up a meeting time (Noon) to reassemble and meet in front of The Cheesecake Factory (at the Providence Place mall).
Hope that you will be able to join us in standing up for our Mother Earth!
From: Nicole DiPaolo
Sent: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 3:17 PM
To: Environment Council RI
Subject: Climate Strike Program Update** New Meeting Location
We are so excited for the RI #GlobalClimateStrike THIS Friday! Here is the updated program & meeting location:
10:00 am Meet at Burnside Park for opening program
10:30 am Begin march to National Grid Innovation Center
11:00 am Arrive at Innovation Center
11:30 am Resume marching
12:00 pm Arrive at State House
Break for (bring your own) lunch & visiting tables of local climate groups
1:00 pm Begin entrance into state house, continue tabling as we filter everyone in
1:45 pm Begin inside program
3:00 pm Wrap, filter out, mingle & resume tabling if there is interest
Thank you for everyone's patience and support in our development of this program as we juggle all of our responsibilities as young people, leaders, movement builders, students, advocates, employees, family members, friends, and all of the hats we, and you, wear as we fight for climate solutions together.
To change everything we need everyone. See you Friday & let me know if you have any questions -- firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-440-0665
The following is from the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundations 1918 Annual Highlights
Christiana Figueres is an internationally recognized leader on global climate change. From 2010 to 2016, she was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Assuming responsibility for the international climate change negotiations after the failed Copenhagen conference of 2009, she directed the successful Conferences of the Parties around the world, culminating in the historical Paris Agreement of 2015. Figueres has continually credited Thich Nhat Hanh for his influence on her climate change thinking, now rooted in the insight of interbeing and for providing practices that have helped her pursue her work with groundedness and optimism. Figueres is currently the convener of Mission 2020, a global initiative that seeks to ensure the world bends the curve on greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 in order to protect the most vulnerable and usher in a new era of climate stability.
"My first exposure to the practice was in EIAB in Germany in 2013. To my utter surprise, I learned that the building had been a mental hospital and that during the Nazi period, patients were killed in this building or left to die, In his search for a central European monastery. Thich Nhat Hanh found this haunting place, and decided to use it to prove that it is possible to transform pain into love. That powerful story started my journey into Thay's teachings.
On a personal level, at the time I was consumed by deep pain about the lack of integrity of my husband. I was feeling victimized and profoundly helpless. With the help of loving and generous brothers and sisters in Plum Village over time, I learned how mindfulness could help not only dissolve my own blocks of pain, but to understand the pain of other people. Thay's teachings helped me to detach from the victim/perpetrator dynamic, standing rather in an observer role with the capacity to transform and heal the observed.
As I deepened my understanding I began to see that the international climate negotiations were also paralyzed in a victim/perpetrator dynamic, and that I could choose which seeds to water I could water the seeds of contention, historic confrontation and distrust,, or I could choose to water the seeds of understanding and solidarity not only for myself but for the entire system. Over time, confrontation gave way to cooperation and eventually all 195 countries were able to unanimously agree on a path forward together.