Protecting the Planet · Earth Day 2020
Earth Day 2020
The bad news
Mankind today stands on the edge of an enormous abyss. We are talking about the greatest crisis in human history and that of the planet – namely, global warming and climate change.
This manmade crisis threatens life as we know it. On the threshold of alienation from each other and a larger breakdown of community, we are living in a danger zone. In other words, we can lose everything that we used to call humanity.
The good news
The good news is that our problem is not an issue of capacity. Nor is it an issue of ability. Mankind, “we the people”, have got what it takes. Time is not flat. It is multi-layered, and history and memories live there.
“Right now” is our time to peel back the layers and create and lay down our premises for the future. We do this by taking up the duty of responsibility in our time and ploughing deep trenches of knowledge, understanding and actions.
This is where you come in, dear Take 10 Volunteer. With your big heart beating for mankind, with your brain and hands ready for action. With time and togetherness, you and we will make a positive change.
You will build your inherent singular and collective potentials and appreciation of living life to the full, of being productive in life. You will do this together with the many others who are fighting for necessary change.
At our learning centres we are fighting this fight with all good people on this planet. We stand tall and strong together with striking school children in Europe and world-wide. We stand with farmers in the developing communities who build resilience through diversification. We stand with tree planters of different kinds, with people who march against coal mines, with divers who restore coral reefs and with people who speak loud and proud to their politicians. We are in this together.
What can we do?
We can stick together. We can listen to the wise words of Arundhati Roy:
“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire but to lay siege to it.
To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it.
With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy,
our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness
— and our ability to tell our own stories.
Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.
The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling
— their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.
We be many and they be few.
They need us more than we need them.”
And you, dear friend – if you are still reading this…
…can decide to join the Take 10 volunteer movement.
Take 10 Months to participate in community-based people empowerment and planet protection.
We offer an extraordinary volunteer programme with three important parts:
Efficient and relevant training, placement at a community project, being the voice of a developing community in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia or India.
Planet protection projects
Take 10 volunteers participate in long-term projects run by local branches of Humana People to People. Projects vary from country to country to address the climate crisis at the grassroots level. Some examples:
- Provide rural communities with access to alternative types of energy, such as solar energy, biogas and biofuel.
- Promote the use of energy-saving devices, such as firewood-saving stoves.
- Plant trees and combat soil erosion
- Mitigate the effects of the changing climate through diversifying crops
- Support small scale farmers and improve resilience through improved practices
You are hereby invited to join us!
The enormous challenges — but also the vast opportunities — of acting on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.
Earth Day 2020 will be far more than a day. It must be a historic moment when citizens of the world rise up in a united call for the creativity, innovation, ambition, and bravery that we need to meet our climate crisis and seize the enormous opportunities of a zero-carbon future.
“The climate crisis can be visualised as a dance until death-do-us-part between a multi-headed beast representing Capitalism-Run-Amok and nature itself represented by Climate-Out-Of-Balance.
And whilst during the dance Capitalism-Run-Amok increases the subtraction of fossil fuels and increases CO2 emissions, Climate-Out-Of-Balance throws back a collection of mass extinction of plants and animals, super storms and hurricanes, with epic floods and historic droughts becoming the norm.
The monster is raging”.
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