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imagesAs many of you know, NWEI founders Dick and Jeanne Roy went on to found another non-profit based in Portland: The Center for Earth Leadership. NWEI founder Jeanne Roy shared the following invitation for NWEI community members: Please join the Center for Earth Leadership for an evening event celebrating Earth in honor of Earth Day on Friday, April 19th from 7:30-9pm. The event will be held at the First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Salmon St., Portland. Set aside this special time to celebrate our remarkable planet. Although damaged by excess development, Earth continues to nourish and sustain us.  The program includes instrumental and vocal performances, meditative singing, and poetry.

For details click here.  RSVP to 503-244-0026 or Jeanne@earthleaders.org.

Earth Day is around the corner! For those of you in the Portland area, join NWEI founders Dick and Jeanne Roy and the Center for Earth Leadership on Friday April 20th for an Earth Day Evening of Music and Song.

The event will be from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, at the First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Salmon St., Portland, in Eliot Chapel.  The featured artist is Michael Allan Harrison.  The program will also include other instrumental and vocal offerings.  Everyone is welcome.  Donations gratefully accepted.  Please RSVP to the Center for Earth Leadership, 503.227.2315 or contact Jeanne Roy for more information at 503.244.0026.

In honor of Earth Day, the Center for Earth Leadership invites you to set aside this special time to celebrate our remarkable planet.  The program includes instrumental and vocal performances, meditative singing, poetry, candle lighting, and time for reflection.  Refreshments and conversation will follow. 

 

Today marks the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, with an estimated 1 billion people likely participating – making it perhaps the largest secular civic event in the world (wow!).  This week, during Oil and Our Lifestyles: A Month of Action, we have turned our focus to community and culture, and how we can be agents of change in our respective circles of influence. What better day than today to reflect on our wider community of Earth?

Chief Seattle said it well when he said, “The earth does not belong to humans, humans belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Humans did not weave the web of life, they are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.”

Today is a day to remember these interconnections.  Take time throughout the day to simply notice the many things outside of your physical body that are essential for your survival – and feel gratitude for these things. 

Today’s proposed action is:   Make a list of  some of the key actions you’ve taken this month to address oil and your lifestyle.  Pick one of these actions that you’ve taken this month and dedicate yourself to doing that one action indefinitely going forward.

(*If you’re just joining us here on NWEI’s blog, scroll below for a host of simple actions you can take and read on to see what others have been committing to during this month of action). 

We don’t have to ‘should’ ourselves into making lifelong changes – whether big or small.  We can instead shift towards the life we most want to be living because we are called to act in service of Life from a place of gratitude and from a place of understanding our interconnectedness with that which is beyond ourselves.  In this way we can slowly shift our awareness and actions to serving Life at large – and every day is an opportunity to practice this understanding and intention.

Every action we take impacts a greater web of community.  As Thich Nhat Hanh says, “Our way of walking on the Earth has a great influence…The future of all life, including our own, depends on our mindful steps.”  Today and always, may we take mindful steps – remembering that every gesture of simplicity, sustainability and kindness truly makes a difference.

*Stay tuned next week as we dive into our final week of Oil and Our Lifestyles: A Month of Action, where we’ll be exploring sustainable and local food choices – join us!

This week, during our Oil and Our Lifestyles: A Month of Action, we turn our focus to community and culture, and how we can be agents of change in our respective circles of influence.

This week marks both the anniversary of the Gulf Coast oil spill on April 20th as well as Earth Day on April 22nd.  In light of these important days, we invite you to create and/or deepen community around the issues you care about.  As one Month of Action participant wrote, “we all need support in changing old habits!”

To start the week, we are highlighting some of the efforts underway through this Month of Action.  Many of you shared with us your goals and reasons for participation.  Here is a sampling of what some of your fellow Month of Action community members are doing:
  • A Portland, OR participant purchased a new bike and is riding to work at least twice a week this month
  • In Westminster, CO a participant is driving less, walking and biking more, and blogging about the process to raise awareness
  • In Maryland a participant is not using heat for the month, and has committed to drying all laundry on a clothesline
  • In Corvallis, OR a participant is buying less plastic packaged foods at the grocery store and is eating more local foods
  • In Cincinnati, OH a participant has committed to exploring electronic free entertainment, increasing carpooling, and learning about eating local wild edible plants
  • A group of Hewlett Packard employees in Oregon will be doing NWEI’s oil spill focused course, Just Below the Surface, this week

As you know, here at NWEI we focus on individual behavior change and small group learning through our discussion courses and through our EcoChallenge.  So today we’re challenging each of you to consider ways to create and/or deepen community around the issues you care most about.

Today’s proposed action is: Organize a small group to discuss the oil spill anniversary and what it means for us moving forward as a community and culture.  Consider using NWEI’s Just Below the Surface discussion guide as a tool for gathering co-workers, friends or neighbors for an hour of reflection and action consideration. 

Whether or not you are able to organize a discussion group, share your concerns as well as what you are doing about them with your community more often this week.  Consider sharing Month of Action NWEI blog posts that have inspired you with your online social networks.  Raise awareness through taking time to connect with your immediate circles of influence about the issues that matter most to you right now. 

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