Choices for Sustainable Living Workshop
Collaborative Discovery · Personal Reflection · Opportunity for Action
March 11 - July 1, 2019
(Every other Monday)
10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST / 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Nine online sessions via Zoom video conferencing
“I find that I think about things more—things I buy, things I eat, things I throw out. I see a much larger picture now, and I realize more than ever that I am a very important part of that picture.”
—Architect, Portland, Oregon
PURPOSE OF THE WORKSHOP
The term “sustainability” is used so freely, it’s difficult to understand what it can mean. At its essence, sustainability embodies hope for a healthy, just and bright future for us all. Choices for Sustainable Living provides participants with a powerful opportunity to explore sustainability more deeply and learn its unique meaning from individual, societal and global perspectives.
We will be using the inspiring workbook from the Northwest Earth Institute. It will be facilitated by an enthusiastic team and highly interactive for participants. You will discover new ways to make change more possible and powerful, both individually and in community.
The time to complete the course material in the two weeks between each session will be 2-3 hours, more or less, depending on personal circumstances.
|March 25||Session 1 - Call to Sustainability|
|April 8||Session 2 - Ecological Principles|
|April 22||Session 3 - Food|
|May 6||Session 4 - Water|
|May 20||Session 5 - Community|
|June 3||Session 6 - Transportation|
|June 17||Session 7 - Consumption & Economy|
|July 1||Session 8 - Visions of Sustainability|
For more information on sessions read here.
Order the course book online from Northwest Earth Institute here.
Please note: The course is based on the current/2018 edition of the book; e-book $33/paperback $35
Registration fee: $70-$85 (sliding scale)
This 4-session online workshop (2 hours each), with extensive interaction with other attendees, will be based on seeking right relationship to all peoples and our Mother Earth. Developed by the Elder Activists for Social Justice group of EAN, as a group we turned out to be mostly descendants of settler/colonizers and immigrants from Europe.
We have endeavored to learn the truth about our own family history so as to better understand our place now, in particular as elders and people dedicated to creating a better world for future generations. We wanted to understand how we got where we are embedded in a culture of continuing oppressions, and on-going harms, in crisis mode today. We will be using a social justice lens to look at the history of white supremacy and systemic racism in the US. We have noticed a disconnection with our own authentic sense of self, particularly as elders in this culture, but also in grasping what responsibility do we have for our own lifetimes and all the past lifetimes that created us today.
What is our role as elders in this current culture, facing the social injustices in our lifetimes and in our lineage, and proclaiming our moral voice for a better world?
Facilitated by Molly Arthur and Molly Brown
Registration is on a sliding scale: $45-$75
Here is the Resources/homework Page for the Series, Session 1 is now posted, the subsequent sessions will be posted 10 days before they occur
The Empowered Elder
EAN's Foundation Workshop
(Seven online sessions via Zoom video conferencing)
Tuesdays, April 23rd - June 4th
10:00 am - 12:15 pm PST / 1:00 pm - 3:15pm EST
PURPOSE OF THE WORKSHOP
EAN is a movement of vital elders who are dedicated to growing in consciousness while actively addressing the vital issues of our time. The Empowered Elder Workshop introduces the basic tenets upon which EAN is founded and explores the important role of elders in today's world. There is a focus on understanding, embracing, and stepping into the role of elder—of moving from 'disempowered older' to 'empowered elder'!
OVERVIEW OF SESSIONS
1 - Being an Elder
- Introduction to EAN and to the values, roles, and tasks of elderhood
- What it means to be an Elder and to move from un-empowered senior to a state of empowerment
2 - Growing in Consciousness
- Introduction to the science of mindfulness and the Story of Oneness
- How growing in mindfulness/consciousness/awareness supports our interactions with life as an individual and as part of the larger living system
3 - State of the World
- Introduction and exploration of environmental, socio-economic, and spiritual crises and divides in our world today
- How squarely facing the state of the world empowers you to act on behalf of Earth
4 - The Great Turning: The Sustainability Revolution
- Introduction to the Ecological Revolution and new sustainable models of environmental, social and economic systems
- How shifting from “there's little-or-nothing I can do” to understanding what I CAN do and changing my behavior is part of the solution
5 - Sacred Activism
- Exploring and connecting to what is “sacred” and important to you, as well as how to take action from love not hate, from unity not division
- Finding your calling—what is being asked of you now as an Elder?
6 - Taking Action Together for All Life
- Forming into Elder Circles, Climate Action Chapters, or other community action groups; setting plans for how we will engage as elders
- Shifting from "not knowing what I can do" to commitment with others to take action on behalf of Life
7 - Elder Circles • Projects Creation • Celebration
- Hearing from the Elder circlers, actions groups, and individual projects that have formed about their plans and next steps
- Celebrating our time together and reflecting on what we have learned
HOMEWORK AND RESOURCES
After each session participants will have access to a homework and resources webpage with daily practices and journal questions, along with readings, videos, and websites relating to the topic of the next session.
The following four books have provided key source material for our workshop. They are not required reading; however, we highly recommend them for your reading list now or in the future.
From Age-ing to Sage-ing (2nd ed.) — Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
The Great Work — Thomas Berry
Active Hope — Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone
The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism — Andrew Harvey
Constance Washburn M.A. is the lead facilitator of the Empowered Elder Workshop. She is a founding member of the Elders Action Network and is a long time facilitator, community builder and leads retreats, trainings and workshops in Joanna Macy's “Work that Reconnects,” helping people reconnect to themselves, each other, and the earth in order to build a sustainable future for all life.
Constance has an M.A. in education and theater and is a graduate of the Ecology of Leadership and Permaculture Design programs at the Regenerative Design Institute, holds a certificate in Transforming Business, Society, and Self with U.Lab from MITx, and she is a mindfulness/meditation instructor and yoga teacher.
She served as Education Director at the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), Marin Organic, and the Marin Agriculture and Education Alliance (MAEA) for 18 years, creating programs and events connecting people to the land. Programs included farm tours, talks, large festivals, volunteer and teacher trainings, as well as the Farm Field Studies program, which brought thousands of students a year out to farms.
What participants have said about the workshop...
“The Empowered Elder: EAN's Foundation Workshop gives a superb overview of what EAN is about as well as going into depth, especially through the varied, imaginative, and potentially transformative experiential exercises, as well as the rich resources. You will emerge more knowledgeable and wiser -- not only about what Elders Action Network really means but also about how you want to embrace your elderhood and contribute to making our world and earth a better home for our great, great grandchildren. This workshop will be valuable for EAN "old-timers" as well as new members.“
—Meg Newhouse, Passion & Purpose LifeCrafting,
founder of the Life Planning Network, EAN "old-timer"
"This workshop lays the foundation for our thinking, acting and being needed to preserve all life for all future time. If there is one course that says everything about everything, this is it. In a world exploding with information, how do we decide what to let in…This gives participants the keys to what's important and a method by which to choose."
—Geoff Ainscow, producer of The Deep Time Walk, EAN “old-timer”
Elder Activists for Social Justice
3rd Thursday of each month
9:00 - 10:30 am PST / 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST
We participate together over Zoom video conferencing in a lightly-facilitated, educational and interactive conversation. We have time to deep dive into our topics using an Elder and social justice lens...always provocative, meaningful and community-oriented.
We began, three years ago, by looking at issues related to racism, white privilege, wealth inequality and Islamophobia, and have recently studied Native peoples' history, reconciliation and the moral voice of an Elder. Each month’s topic grows from the previous month's and the interests of those attending.
Approximately two weeks before each meeting we may post resources about our subject which include relevant readings, videos, articles, and introspective questions. Our meeting format is participatory, and everyone has a chance to interact and share. All meetings are via Zoom video conferencing. Click for instructions and access to Zoom conferencing. ALL ARE WELCOME.
Our next Community Conversation will be on
Thursday, March 21
9:00 - 10:30 am PST / 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST
What's so "Just" about The Green New Deal?
We in the Elder Activists for Social Justice look at the world through a social justice lens. So, what is “Just” about the Green New Deal? What components address the injustice in our systems? Who is defining a "Just Transition" and acting to bring it forth in our world?
Take a look at the two organizations below (Climate Justice Alliance and Indigenous Environmental Network) who represent those most affected by the current injustices today. They have a very clear understanding of what is unjust about our world today and what actions need to be done to shift our paradigm to more fairness, equity and ecological values.
Let's discuss what we as Elders understand as our role and responsibility in the history of these injustices and what our obligation is to repair our world for the well being of all life now and for future generations.
We will also consider adopting and publicizing a Resolution of Support for the Green New Deal (a draft is posted here). We’ll also talk about the actions we are doing now to support the changes needed and offer the gifts we are realizing as elders are needed for our continued existence on our Mother Earth.
In our Community Conversations we draw on the experience and wisdom of our group to better understand the critical issues we are facing and discern what actions we would want to take as elders in our society today. We offer moral support for each other as we grapple with the issues and challenges of our times and discern how to best support the activism that we are each engaged in.
The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) formed in 2013 to create a new center of gravity in the climate movement by uniting frontline communities and organizations into a formidable force. Our translocal organizing strategy and mobilizing capacity is building a Just Transition away from extractive systems of production, consumption and political oppression, and towards resilient, regenerative and equitable economies. We believe that the process of transition must place race, gender and class at the center of the solutions equation in order to make it a truly Just Transition.
February 13, 2019 - More insightful input on Green New Deal from the Climate Justice Alliance: Green New Deal must be rooted in just transition, workers, communities and those impacted by climate change-from the grassroots.
February 13, 2019 - The Indigenous Environmental Network applauds the Green New Deal resolution for its vision, intention, and scope. With this resolution, Representative Ocasio-Cortez (Resolution House of Representatives) and Senator Markey (Resolution US Senate) have begun a critical process to change the national conversation in regards to addressing the climate crisis at hand. From sea level rise to loss of land to food insecurities, Indigenous frontline communities and Tribal nations are already experiencing the direct impacts of climate change, and we are encouraged to see these congressional leaders take charge to help Indigenous communities and Tribal nations protect their homelands, rights, sacred sites, waters, air, and bodies from further destruction.
However, while we are grateful to see this support by the Representative and Senator, we remain concerned that unless some changes are made to the resolution, the Green New Deal will leave incentives by industries and governments to continue causing harm to Indigenous communities. Furthermore, as our communities who live on the frontline of the climate crisis have been saying for generations, the most impactful and direct way to address the problem is to keep fossil fuels in the ground. We can no longer leave any options for the fossil fuel industry to determine the economic and energy future of this country. And until the Green New Deal can be explicit in this demand as well as closing the loop on harmful incentives, we cannot fully endorsee the resolution We remain supportive of Representative Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Markey’s aspirations and hope to be constructive partners in actualizing the goal of generating radical change in the fight to protect the sacredness of Mother Earth.
CLICK HERE to read the entire detailed assessment of the main problems we see in the current language of the Green New Deal
Real change begins with a clear and coherent vision of a better America, and with citizens’ movements dedicated to bringing that world into being. We offer this agenda for economic change in that spirit.
But over 90 well-known veterans of the successful 2018 campaign have signed a bold new Pledge to Fight for Good Jobs, Sustainable Prosperity and Economic Justice. And these initiators have now been joined by 20,000 (and growing) grass-roots activists. Our message is “Yes, fight Trump – but Americans also want to hear big solutions to the large economic problem our country faces.”
Our insatiable yearning for more has left us with less of the one thing upon which our entire lives depend: the natural world.
We have compiled this media collection from our 30-year history to feature some of the most innovative thought leaders working on these topics. The videos, podcasts and articles below are presented within a loose framework based on the Green New Deal’s larger goals. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but more of a starting place to remind us that we have the expertise on hand to do what must be done. The question has always been how do we get these solutions to scale in time?—The Green New Deal may well be a large part of the answer.
We will be using Zoom video conferencing, which is very easy to access by computer or regular telephone. If you choose to use your tablet or smartphone, be sure to download the Zoom app ahead of time. We will be starting each meeting on time so please connect 15 minutes before the call so that the host can help with any technical difficulties or questions you may have. Once the call starts the host will be not be able to help with connection issues. Once you are connected via Zoom you are welcome mute your microphone and turn off your video until just before the meeting starts, or you may enjoy chatting with others in the meeting while you wait.
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Learn more about what we have been discussing: See our Examining the Roots of Injustice webinar (watch it HERE)
And see our Elders in Right Relationship with Today's World two session webinars (watch them HERE)