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Dedicated to bringing forth a human presence on this planet that is environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling.
August 2020

We are living through unprecedented times. Never has it been more important for each person to find their place in the movement for social and environmental justice.

As our community begins to come out of quarantine, a time that has separated people (at least physically) from each other and the earth – we appreciate even more the gift of connection – with those we love and with nature. Charles Eisenstein in a recent essay writes that “Love of life is the guide and motivator of ecological healing on Earth. Next comes learning how to put that love into action.” 

It’s the idea of putting love into action, for justice, that we have tried to embody in this newsletter. You’ll find much information, as well as opportunities for learning and action around the issue of environmental justice.

Read the full text of Sue Staropoli's August video address here.

"Anchor the eternity of love in your own soul and embed this planet with goodness. Lean toward the whispers of your own heart, discover the universal truth, and follow its dictates. Release the need to hate, to harbor division, and the enticement of revenge. Release all bitterness. Hold only love, only peace in your heart, knowing that the battle of good to overcome evil is already won. Choose confrontation wisely, but when it is your time don’t be afraid to stand up, speak up, and speak out against injustice. And if you follow your truth down the road to peace and the affirmation of love, if you shine like a beacon for all to see, then the poetry of all the great dreamers and philosophers is yours to manifest in a nation, a world community, and a Beloved Community that is finally at peace with itself."

In This Issue
Blog: A Disposable Culture – The Intersection of White Supremacy and Environmental Destruction

by Sue Staropoli

I recently read this Sierra Club article by Hop Hopkins, titled "Racism Is Killing the Planet." It speaks to the ideology of white supremacy and how it leads the way toward disposable people and a disposable natural world. While much of my involvement in the environmental movement has been focused on taking action on solutions to reverse global warming, I am becoming more and more awake to the bigger context of that work and how the issue of environmental destruction is deeply intertwined with a belief in white supremacy. (more)

Environmental Justice in Rochester, NY: Updates & Challenges

One aspect of environmental justice refers to the obligation to ensure that people of color or low-income sectors of the population are not disproportionately affected by adverse environmental impacts or hazards. Dorian Hall, Calvin Eaton, and RPCC highlight different ways to address environmental justice issues on the local level. 

Opportunities for Action

Work on the Elections! One of the best things you can do about climate change, environmental justice, racism, and a host of other important issues is to work on the upcoming elections. To get the right leadership at every level - local, county, state and federal - where policies are made that support a life economy, not a death economy -  you can become involved in action to reclaim our democracy and get people elected who support anti-racism, environmental sustainability, and social justice! These organizations offer ways to encourage responsible voting: 

The League of Women Voters has many opportunities and resources to engage in the work of fighting voter suppression and increasing voter registration.

Get Out the Vote in 2020!

Environmental Voter Project engages in phone & text banking to increase voter turn-out among the 16 million environmentalists who don't vote! Trainings are held weekly - check it out! 
2020 Census: sign up and be counted! Sign up yourself and remind others to do so. It's quick, safe, secure. Go to 

Seeds of Hope is taking a break during August.  Though we won't be meeting together as a group, we encourage everyone to find ways to process what is going on in the world, share what is important to you, and take actions that help create a just, sustainable fulfilling world for all.    
Project Drawdown

Drawdown solutions not only lower emissions of carbon from the atmosphere, but also address issues of health, employment, environmental injustice, and wealth inequality.  Working on DD solutions is supporting the movement toward a just, sustainable way of life for all. 

Drawdown 2020 is a bold new force in the campaign to reverse global warming. Project Drawdown remeasured, recalculated, and produced a digital, expanding, more powerful program. To learn about the exciting new changes, join a Drawdown 2020 presentation on Zoom. View the schedule and register here.
Register for Drawdown Programs
From Pachamama Alliance International
  • Watch, Listen, and Learn from the many excellent conversations on environmental and racial justice, part of the Resilience and Possibility Series
  • Sign up for the next Game Changer Intensive by August 16Learn more and register here. Over an eight-week period, Intensive participants delve into a wealth of carefully-curated resources—videos, readings, and activities—delivered on a platform that allows you to explore the course content on your own schedule and interact with others in lively online discussions. Be part of a global movement - there were over 800 participants in the last course! 
  • Watch the 2-hour on-line Awakening the Dreamer programThis vision and call to action is more important than ever in these times. 
Environmental Justice: Information & Resources
Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

We have updated the Environmental Justice section of our website to include a comprehensive list of resources for education and action

Further Resources
Visit the Resources page of our website to find the Community Calendar, and Sustainable Shopping/Purchasing Power, which highlights ways to support black-owned restaurants and other businesses, as well as other resources to support your journey of learning and living in a socially just and earth friendly way.

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Love of life is the guide and motivator of ecological healing on Earth. Next comes learning how to put that love into action.
- from "The Cure of the Earth", Charles Eisenstein, July 2020
Do not be afraid!
These are days of power and possibility!
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