Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Please join the Charter for Compassion International in celebrating Earth Day. Below are a number of events organized by our Charter Partners. Start now, with us, to make Earth Day a continuous daily event that can be culminated in a joyous celebration each April 22nd.
A Message from the Parliament of World Religions
In a couple of weeks, the People's Climate Marches will hold massive mobilizations on the streets of Washington D.C. and in sister marches around the world. We appeal urgently to you to ask that you join with the Parliament as a partner in the People's Climate Movement. We will march to show our leaders that people of faith follow through on our promises to care for our common home and one another - and to ask that they follow through as well.
We urge you to follow this link to learn more about the marches, the Parliament's involvement, and for you to become involved, too, either near your home, or in the mass of millions gathering in D.C.
Compassion Games: Water is Life
“Mni Wiconi.” It means, “Water is Life.” These powerful words arose from the vision of Indigenous Youth at Standing Rock in North Dakota, and they stand strongly for the growing spirit of our time. The spirit of Mni Wiconi says: “Life is not possible without water. Therefore, it is the right of all life to have water that is safe, clean, and nourishing.” Water is Life has become a cry for unity, among people of all continents and nations, to protect and restore all that is Sacred and life-giving in our world.There is an ancient proverb that says: We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children. This is the growing Spirit of Standing Rock, and this is the spirit of Water is Life! Protect the Sacred Earth Week, taking place from April 22nd through April 30th. The Call to Play in Earth Week is Now! Sign Up Today!
Films for the Planet
Celebrate Earth Week with five streaming feature-length documentaries, April 18-28. Sign-up at Films for the Planet - the best in transformational, environmental and social action films.
The 2017 Earth Day theme is Environmental & Climate Literacy so have selected exceptional films that are thoroughly educational and beautifully produced. These internationally-acclaimed films are guaranteed to ignite a sense of challenge and adventure - watch anytime, host a party, group screening, spark a conversation! Each film offers mindful solutions and practical suggestions for individual and group engagement. Sign up here
Here is a brief preview of the 2017 Earth Day Streaming Documentary Series:
- Catching the Sun – the triumphs and challenges of workers and entrepreneurs who are at the forefront of the clean energy economy. (solar) Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.
- A Plastic Ocean – an international team of adventurers, researchers, and ocean ambassadors embark on a global adventure to uncover the consequences of our disposable lifestyle. With appearances by celebrated naturalist Sir David Attenborough and legendary ocean researcher Dr. Sylvia Earl.
- How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change - it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences, but what is it that climate change can't destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away? The film gives reason for hope and optimism. By Academy Award nominated director Josh Fox
- Rise of the Eco-warriors –"every individual matters, every action counts" This award-winning documentary was initiated by youth around the world who chose deforestation as the most important issue to address for climate change. It is a story about courageous individuals who are willing to take action to avert environmental disaster, uphold solutions, and help bring humanity into balance with the natural world. With world renowned forest conservationist Dr. Willie Smits.
- Merchants of Doubt - In dedication to the Science March on Earth Day, April 22, Films for the Planet is featuring Merchants of Doubt. Based on the book, “Merchants of Doubt”, the film documents how corporate interests manipulate public opinion to advance political and economic agendas while clouding scientific evidence and consensus. With BONUS film “Scientists Under Attack”
Mark Your Calendars
Charter for Compassion Education Institute: The Charter for Compassion Education Institute (CEI) provides relevant and timely learning experiences for members and partners of the Charter for Compassion International. Check out all that CEI has to offer by clicking here. It’s time to bring your light to the world; we need you now more than ever.
Bring more compassion into the world by first learning how to bring it to yourself. Join us in a 4 week, online course which is being brought to you by the Charter for Compassion Education Institute (CEI) – “How to Bring Balance and Compassion to Life.” This On-Demand course is now available! Find out more and register by clicking HERE.
The Compassion Course: This year long course directed by Thom Bond starts with foundational concepts and practices that help us understand what engenders compassion and what blocks it. As the year profresses, we work with more advanced practices and processes that help us bring more compassion into our everyday lives. Throughtout the course we work on progressively deepening levels with self empathy, empathy, emotional triggers, anger, beliefs, dialog, appreciation, requests and more. By the end of the year, the course covers over 50 concepts and differentiations. The 2017 course will be delivered in English, German, Arabic and Spanish. Learn more and register here.May 4, 12 pm PT: Robin Youngson in a book Discussion From Hero to Healer (part of the Charter's Global Read Series)
If you are a social or environmental activist, reading this little book might be the best investment you ever make. Here's the question: Why are we not making more progress on social and environmental issues? Instead, we are witnessing more poverty, more inequality, more chronic disease, more social breakdown, worsening pollution, and a growing climate crisis. Could it be that the strategies we employ as activists are actually sustaining the problems we’re trying to address? With touching honesty and humility, author Robin Youngson shares the five biggest mistakes he made in a decade of campaigning, and how his counter-intuitive new strategies led to international success.
May 3rd, 8am PT: Ellen Antonelli, speaker and author of the forthcoming Dancing on Our Fathers’ Feet to discuss "Transforming the Male-Centric Ethos."
In her own words Ellen says: "My life’s mission is to empower women: questioning the discrimination and violence women suffer at the hands of men; researching and teaching women’s studies to high school juniors and seniors; recognizing the inconsistencies within our Christian society—the hawkish xenophobia, the racism, the homophobia, the blatant misogyny—that religion paradoxically seemed not only to support but to inculcate. Early on, I rebelled against the idea that Eve had manifested women’s inferiority to men, and I resented Church Fathers who used her story to subjugate women."
You can learn more about Ellen, and register for the webinar call here.
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