- election day is here. Even the top story on the AP News wire says, “Many
holding their noses as they cast ballots.” The stakes for the Senate, and some
of the Governor races are high in this election, yet more often than not, voting
has turned into a frustrating and often disempowering process. I know so many
of us experience a sense of futility, as well as overwhelm, and under-whelm
too. That said, I still hope you get out and vote. Seriously, hold your nose
and do it. Most polls are open until 7:30pm tonight.
As a direct
antidote to the cynicism that can rise on election day, I want to share with yall
a project that I have the honor of participating in: the North Carolina Climate
Justice Summit. This upcoming summit is so direct and intentional in its
approach to the connections between racial equity, youth empowerment, and
climate justice, that it fills me with positivity.
Two weeks ago at the Radical
Compassion Symposium at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, Joanna Macy pointed
out that while our national leaders seem to be failing us on so many levels,
there is genuine change happening on the local levels. This is so true! If you
are willing, I would love to hear back from yall about projects you are working
on, or know about, which fill you with inspiration too.
The North Carolina Climate Justice
Summit is coming up soon, November 21st -23rd. It is the
brainchild of phenomenal organizer Jodi Lasseter, who I am so proud to call a
friend. The idea for this summit is to bring together youth and adults from all
over North Carolina into a self-organizing space to re-imagine and re-create systems
– resiliency hubs if you will, to insure our survival in the throes of climate
chaos. There are all sorts of workshops and events, all being held in a popular
education model, with a lot of open space, where all of us participants will co-create
whatever comes of it, and out of it, together.
The idea is to make explicit the links
between social justice and climate justice, by exploring how climate change
impacts our food, water, energy, housing, transportation, health and economy.
We will begin with a pre-summit basecamp on racial equity for a whole day, and
then we are spending three full days together to share wisdom, skills, and create
resiliency hubs to support our work going forward. From the beginning, Jodi,
and the organizing team, have made sure that youth make up at least half of the
attendees! The vision, and all of the hard work of the team makes my heart
sing! If you want to learn more, and/or are willing to contribute towards this
great work, please go online to: http://acespace.org/ncclimatejusticesummit.
I would really love to hear what
makes your heart sing. No matter what happens in this election cycle, all of
the local work will continue, and often with the kind of enthusiasm our
national politicians can only dream of. And if your enthusiasm is flagging,
well – you all know a good Eco-Chaplain to call for some back up. :)
It is such a joy working as an
Eco-Chaplain for so many activists and organizers. Keep up the good work
In strength and love,
The Eco-Chaplaincy Initiative is 100% funded through
personal donations like yours. All donations are tax deductible. If you are
able to contribute, please go online to www.ecochaplaincy.net/donate.html, or
send checks in the mail to the Eco-Chaplaincy Initiative, PO Box 1114, Black
Mountain, NC 28711. Thank you so much!