By Pablo Solon, 26 September 2014 About 400,000 people went to the streets on September 21st to ask for real actions to address climate change. It was the greatest climate march in history. The UN Climate Summit organized by Secretary … Continue reading
Nothing is separated from Anything Else. The NU world dawns, and its early light, we are sensing more and more the dissolving of divisions, the time when we realise our divine nature, and re-align our society and its systems to work in accordance with Natures patterns. In looking to navigate towards more just, open and resilient NU cities, permaculture and transition town design methodologies are useful tools to experiment with.
Permaculture is an ethical design system that looks to create a seamless management of human vision and needs within the limitations and opportunities of the landscape. In bringing together natural resources, technologies and infrastructure, with the ethics and principles of permaculture, we start to see the NU Durban on the horizon, a world that we are actively co-creating. Transition Town is a design framework for shifting urban spaces to less (fossil fuel) consumptive society that uses visioning techniques and timelines
A unique project (see blog here) at an attempted-marriage (or wooing at least) of the permaculture and bicycle communities, happens this Sunday as the Durban response to the People’s Climate March’s call for Global Action around climate change. A specially convened United Nations Conference happens in New York this week, as the world attempts to gear up in anticipation of COP21 in Paris next year. The Paris event is significant in that this is where countries are being pushed to commit to ‘universally binding ‘ agreements around the global response to climate change.
The Sunday event is connected to a group of creatives, permies, cyclists and activists gathering around the idea of Transition Towns, and figuring out how to connect Durban’s voice to the larger narrative of COP21 and the Post2015 Agenda.
The action happens at the Green Hub, the seemingly isolated activation in the Blue Lagoon. Called the Peoples CliMate Jol, the Durban Permaculture Group has temporarily adopted the Green Hub as a ‘site’ and will host an interactive demonstration of permaculture at the Green Hub. The perma group has in the last week, conducted a very quick analysis of the site, and produced a first-design, finding ways to incorporate more efficient use of water runoff from the roof, while demonstrating perma patterns with a keyhole design. The interactive lesson will see people immersing themselves in setting up a section of the Green hub’s garden, an opportunity to learn through sharing, and getting some dirt under the nails!
This connects to a sustainability cycle ride, which uses the Hub as its starting and end points, encouraging people to engage with the cycle lanes being tested on Masabalala Yengwa Ave. The cycle lasts about an hour at a gentle pace, and cycles past the Stadium and back onto the beach, stopping at the Bike n Bean. Start time is 9.30am with a ‘pimp your bike’ workshop (people are encouraged to arrive early to add decorations and pinwheels to their bikes) and the actual cycle starting at 10am.
There will be also be a SolutionSpace, where technologies like solar cookers, container gardens and non-commercial trade will be presented and explored. Several musicians have also promised to pop by and join the live art installations in adding Durban’s unique creative energy to the event. citizens are also invited to bring their own solutions to the public space and share/teach/learn/exchange. Alternative economies will also be explored.
We encourage Durbanites to co-create this event by bringing a picnic and showing and sharing their eco-solutions: this could include renewable technologies, recycled or re-purposed goods, natural healing, and organic produce. Please also bring your bike for the ride and musical instruments. We will also have a ‘bring 2 gifts and take one’ swap for clothes and items you no longer need.
This event is the start of a larger discourse over the setting up of a citizen action group that gives effect to a commitment to actual change, as evaluated by their peers. This commitment runs for 365 days, and has started to form around the idea of ‘Transition Towns’ and less consumptive societies. This commitment, in creative uploads, pictures, or visions, is in itself that starting point for dealing with the Post-2015 Agenda, which will affect the very worlds of our children. This is a key moment in global governance, evolving to become a suitable custodian of the EarthShip.
See the Facebook event for updates: http://bit.ly/climatejol
CliMate Sustainability Cycle :www.facebook.com/events/676502965772528/
Directions: http://wp.me/P54sTg-9GPS Coordinates : 29°48’40.57″S 31° 2’15.82”EClimate March around climate change and globally accepted binding agreements and strategies (Post2015 Agenda) :http://www.peoplesclimate.org/
The UN Summit this action forms around:http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/
In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.
Hello MGCY peoples!
As you may know, the Ban Ki-moon Climate Summit is coming up September 23 to mobilize ambition for climate change. Some members of the YOUNGO constituency formed a special working group called Youth Climate Action (YCA). Here is their message to you:
With just one month to go until the Climate Summit in New York, youth are uniting around the world to call for meaningful and ambitious climate action. But we’re also going much, much further.
We cannot simply wait for governments to act. Instead, we’re working tirelessly to tackle climate change in our own countries all over the world. We are the generation that will be most affected by climate change. And we’re also leading the way in trying to stop it.
Youth Climate Action is an ambitious project to showcase and celebrate youth-led climate action. Our interactive world map will link up our initiatives and tell their story. To find out more, and to add your own project to our movement, please visit our website: action.youthclimate.org/
We’re laying the foundations for a strong and dynamic international youth climate movement that will go beyond Paris and COP21. I hope you’ll join us.
Please find attached our press release for more information.
Help spread the word!
All the best from Youth Climate Action
On road to the 2014 UN Climate Summit,
The Youth Climate movement is back and stronger than ever!
Paris, France, August 23rd 2014 – Youth Climate Action, and organization of young
people from across the world, have today launched an online web platform to
showcase youth-led initiatives that are tackling climate change in the run up
to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit to be held in New York in
The web platform is designed to link up local and national
initiatives on an interactive map, highlighting the crucial role that
young people are playing across the world and spurring on world
leaders to commit to tough and urgent climate action.
Flick Monk, from Youth Climate Action, said on the project’s
launch: “Young people are leading the way on climate action. We
want to show world leaders what we’re doing, and how much we
care about the future of the planet. They must listen to the next
generation and do all they can to tackle climate change globally.
We hope our web platform will go some way in inspiring them to
The launch coincides with a global push by environmental NGOs
to put climate change back on the international agenda in time for
the crucial round of climate negotiations in Lima in December 2014. Decisions made in Peru will
feed into the hugely anticipated “Global Deal” to be negotiated in Paris in 2015 – an agreement
involving all Parties that will offer a long-term framework for global emissions reductions.
The web platform created by Youth Climate Action will form a basis on which to strengthen the
international youth climate movement in the run up to Paris and beyond. Young people can add
their initiatives, actions and events on to the web platform by going to the website and filling in
For more information, please contact:
Sabrina Marquant: firstname.lastname@example.org
A call out for DurbanKnights to move to action and claim this spring as Our Spring
The world is changing, the Earth is turning and the stars keep seeming to move in their beautiful patterns. Under these suns, the citizens of Earth are scrambling around, trying not to talk about the Falling Sky. Disconnected, isolated and pitted against ‘Them’, modern society is a farce and a paradox. As the eye of Big Brother watches from above, on the streets, we feel the buzz. The futility of the wars. The corruption that goes on and grows on. The police state being politely installed. We are moving further and further from natural patterns, and even our sense of time has been warped and distorted.
These moments are the ones that will be remembered. At such a key time in humanities rise from the soil, it seems as though every choice and decision is key, making visible how each affects the other. The internet helps us see what we…
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This satellite image of Burning Man just looks like another picture of a half eaten cronut: http://t.co/EODIfvyHbY— Mona Nomura (@Mona) September 01, 2013 http://www.policymic.com/articles/55449/this-is-what-160-000-syrian-refugees-looks-like And meanwhile…. http://www.npr.org/2013/09/01/217317447/double-take-toons-talkin-bout-her-gyrations
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ALL LINKS UPDATED (YET AGAIN!) AT 1 AM EST June 16th. (We kept putting the video up and they kept taking it down, and we wont stop putting it back up!)
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Part 2 Link: http://youtu.be/o1ny-5FDfIc
Part 3 Link http://youtu.be/aM7YpCoMRIw
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As you probably know by now youtube is doing funny things with our movie. And part 1 is banned in Germany. Our sincerest apologies, but leave us a message and we will skype the original files wherever they needs to go. Please don’t waste any time on this, it’s too important.
This film is packed with heart felt power. It centers on the voices of the people of this planet and strives to present not only the REAL problems we all face, but the suppressed solutions…
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