Planning an Action Project – Your Thoughts?
A Spiritual Perspective on Environmental Sustainability:
A Call to Action
Brainstorming on “A Call to Action”
Below is a list of some preliminary ideas of what a call to action might look like. Please add to the list by posting your ideas in the comments box below.
When designing this course, Mary Jo had the idea that the process of environmental action could benefit from a spiritual, ethical, moral or religious perspective, that the integrity of the process could be improved through these perspectives creating processes that were more sustainable in the long term.
In our seminar on February 4 we took the last 20 minutes to brainstorm what an action infused with spirituality would look like. (The purpose of brainstorming is to capture many ideas without evaluating them.) Mary Jo thought that finding action projects would be easy, but figuring out what adding the spiritual perspective would look like would be hard. However, we brainstormed many such ideas.
One idea that came out of the brainstorming was that we questioned the assumption about the benefit of a spiritual perspective in environmental action. Was this perspective exclusionary? Effective environmental action can come without an explicit spiritual view. This merits further discussion. Another idea was that spirituality leading to environmental action was in one direction, but it can also go in the other direction with studying and being in nature leading to a spirituality.
Some ideas that were identified include:
- Making our own environmental declaration
- Creating a book or pamphlet by compiling ecological songs, prayers, quotes and poems
- Earth day—poetry slam, songs etc. event
- A series of earth week seminars on practical environment ideas, composting etc.
- Tying into the New York City Peace and Planet Initiative on 4/24 to 4/26
- Reach out to other spiritual groups to collaborate on a project
- Having an electronic recycling booth during earth week where we might have some literature available.
- Taking some actions that involve town and gown collaboration
Please add your thoughts in “comments”!