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June 2021
Coming Back Together
Herb Garden
Grounding in Sacred Space

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in

- Leonard Cohen, from "Anthem", first released in 1992 on the album The Future

In This Issue
Blog: A Meditation for Healing
by Sue Staropoli

For many years I have been practicing metta, or loving kindness, meditation, sending positive energy and kindness to myself and to others. The words and feelings include people close to me, people or groups I don’t know, and even people I find difficult to love. 

There are many forms of this meditation, and over the years I have used different versions.
But recently I decided to write my own version, reflecting what I most deeply desire for all to experience and what might lead people collectively to a loving world.

Here is the meditation I wrote and the blessings I send... (Read the full blog)

A Little Good News

  • Foodlink Community CaféFoodlink has opened its Community Cafe inside the Central Library (115 South Ave.): “It’s a training café, but it’s also a café where anyone can come in, no matter what amount of money they have and leave with a good meal prepared by our culinary apprentices and community kitchen." 
Support New York's Soil Health & Climate Resiliency Bill

Leadership of the NYS Assembly and Senate Agriculture committees recently announced that they hope to pass the Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Act (S4722/AO5386) this session, which ends June 10, 2021. The bill will create a soil health program that will be truly beneficial for New York's organic farmers and conscious food eaters.

Contact your state representatives today! American Farmland Trust has provided an easy online form to let your legislators know you support a comprehensive soil health program for New York State. (It is really easy - take a look.)

If you'd like a little more information, we have put together a Soil Health Bill Action Alert, with help from NOFA-NY, the Northeast Organic Farmers Association,
Community Calendar Highlights 
Visit our Community Calendar to see more upcoming events, or peruse the new Consolidated Calendar of Community Climate Events created by the Climate Solutions Accelerator to see all events posted by several of the climate advocacy groups in the Rochester area. 

If you discover events and resources to share, email with subject line "Newsletter Resources".
Seeds of Hope
Seeds of Hope 

How We Can Save Our Soil: 
Be inspired by local green thumbs

Sunday, June 6, 2021
1:30-3:00 PM EDT (on Zoom, open to all)

Every spring and summer, plants draw huge amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis and sequester it in their own cells or relay it to the microbes in the soil below. This has helped stabilize our climate for eons. But modern farming has resulted in the loss of ⅓ of the topsoil of our country’s corn belt and has severely depleted most of what’s left. Further, heavy use of pesticides and herbicides have killed the vital microbes in the soil and decimated the pollinators on which most plants depend. As the soil goes, so goes our planet’s ability to sustain life. 

At May's Seeds of Hope, we learned about the small but growing regenerative farming movement, which can play a crucial role in reversing global climate change. (You can watch the inspiring movie “Kiss the Ground” on Netflix or for $1.00 on Vimeo.) The good news is that as consumers and gardeners we can also play a crucial role in saving our soil and the life that depends on it. 

On June 6, four local experts will share practical, “down to earth” ways that we can build the soil in our own back yards, garden sustainably, reduce food waste to reduce big Ag’s toll on the environment, compost what we don’t eat, provide food and lodging to our threatened pollinators, and steward our lawns and gardens in ways that contribute to our local ecosystem instead of weakening it.   

The event is free and open to all, so feel free to invite others. 

Each participant needs to register in advance here.

Please have paper and pencil handy to take notes and to write down questions for our presenters to answer at the end. And come prepared to learn how you can be a better lover of the land and steward of our soil.

This is an on-line Zoom session. Please join the meeting by 1:30, as the "doors" will close promptly at 1:35. 
Register for Seeds of Hope, June 6th
SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, July 11, 2021
Tour of Taproot Collective
Live and In-Person!  Details to follow 

Rochester Area Initiatives & Updates -

PARA follows the lead of the Pachamama Alliance National Team, developing skills and insights that help us stay resilient, dedicated, and engaged with the work before us, using the online technologies of Zoom for meetings and events, as well as this newsletter and our website, where you can find updates and new resources.

Celebrating the Drawdown Experience on May 23, 2021: from left, Sue Staropoli, Daryl Odhner, and Pat Wartinger.

Reflecting on the Drawdown Experience in Rochester, 2017-2021

by Sue Staropoli

Now and then it is valuable to stop, reflect, and celebrate what we have accomplished in our work. This is such a time, as Pachamama Alliance transitions to new opportunities and efforts related to climate change.

In September 2017, when the Rochester Pachamama Alliance started offering Drawdown programs – first with two-hour intro sessions and then with four-part courses – our intention was to invite people into a positive relationship with global warming: to see that it is reversible and that people have an important role to play in the future. And we wanted to empower people to become engaged at the local level in the many climate solutions being offered through the Project Drawdown research.

What impact have we had on our local community? (Read the full post here)

Climate Action

See the new Climate Action section of our website to connect with some of the many programs in our area that are working on climate solutions. We encourage everyone to find your place in the big picture and add your energy and gifts to the growing global movement changing our relationship with the earth. 

Project Drawdown is now offering a new six-part course, Climate Solutions 101. Presented in video units and in-depth conversations, the course combines Project Drawdown’s trusted resources with the expertise of inspiring voices from around the world. See our website for more information.

Note: Pachamama Alliance will no longer be offering Drawdown programs, and will instead focus on its unique contribution in the climate movement.

From Pachamama Alliance International

The Pachamama Alliance provides intelligent, compassionate, and motivating engagement on the great issues of this time. Working in partnership with other organizations, PA is currently developing a plan to secure permanent protection for headwater region of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador and Peru.

Coming up: Seeing Possibility in Times of Uncertainty with Lynne Twist on June 15, 2021. After living in totally unprecedented times with the world locked down due to the pandemic, now as a global community we are beginning to emerge into a new world. Societal norms are changing in big and small ways, and it’s not clear what the path forward will be. What’s needed now? Who will we be?

The next Game Changer Intensive is coming up, beginning June 1, 2021, and the last day to enroll is May 30, 2021. GCI is an excellent 8-week interactive online program that reveals who we need to be and what we need to do in order to make a difference in the world.

Pachamama Alliance's Awakening the Dreamer symposium explores the challenges facing humanity at this critical moment and the opportunities we as a human family have to create a new future. We recommend it highly to anyone who wants to understand the situation at a deeper level - here's a short trailer.

The birds they sang
At the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what has passed away
Or what is yet to be

Ah, the wars they will be fought again
The holy dove, she will be caught again
Bought and sold, and bought again
The dove is never free

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in

We asked for signs
The signs were sent
The birth betrayed
The marriage spent
Yeah, and the widowhood
Of every government
Signs for all to see

I can't run no more
With that lawless crowd
While the killers in high places
Say their prayers out loud
But they've summoned, they've summoned up
A thundercloud
They're going to hear from me

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in

You can add up the parts
But you won't have the sum
You can strike up the march
There is no drum
Every heart, every heart
To love will come
But like a refugee

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in

- Leonard Cohen, "Anthem", 1992

Watch and listen to Leonard Cohen performing Anthem (Live in London)
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Continue the adventure!
Keep making your difference!
For the photos in this newsletter, thanks to Jenna Welch, Al Hibner, Melissa Carlson (note: those are tomatoes started in newspaper pots), and Patricia Woerhlen.
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