Inspiration, Humility, Hope, and Sadness: Reflections on the Youth Climate Strike

By CCC19 participant and guest blogger Alden Meyer. Last Friday, hundreds of thousands of students in the United States and around the world were out in the streets rather than in their classrooms, demanding that our political leaders address the climate crisis with the urgency and focused action that the science so clearly demands. As … Continue reading Inspiration, Humility, Hope, and Sadness: Reflections on the Youth Climate Strike

CCC19’s Youngest (Registered) Participant

By CCC19 in-house co-convener, Graham Meltzer. Whilst I was living in Brisbane, Australia during the '90's, researching cohousing and ecovillages for a PhD, I occasionally visited the recently established ecovillage of Crystal Waters, located about 2 hours drive north. I found it a curious eco-development, with its site layout comprising dozens of privately owned, one … Continue reading CCC19’s Youngest (Registered) Participant

Listening to What the Animals Are Telling Us about Climate Change

By Jacqueline Buckingham with an introduction by Stephanie Mines. Image by kikatani on Pixabay This is a time for listening in new ways and from new quarters where we have not noticed voices coming toward us, reaching out from the edges of our consciousness to wake us up. The new story predicated by Thomas Berry prophesized … Continue reading Listening to What the Animals Are Telling Us about Climate Change

Peace in the Forest: The Way of the Kuntanawa

By conference convener, Stephanie Mines.  “Peace in the Forest expresses our aim to raise consciousness for a better world and to open human minds to the harm we are causing Earth through the exploitation of Nature. We are inspired to unite the differences of language, skin color and culture to bring a universal language through … Continue reading Peace in the Forest: The Way of the Kuntanawa

An Update and a Poem

By Graham Meltzer (CCC19 in-house focaliser) and Stephanie Mines (CCC19 conference convener). Update Dear readers, we are acutely aware that we have not posted to this blog for several weeks. To our 300+ followers and 3000+ visitors per month, we apologise. For two years, we set quite a blistering pace, posting weekly or fortnightly, more … Continue reading An Update and a Poem

Dorothy MacLean and Bill McKibben: Bee the Change

By conference convener, Stephanie Mines. Dorothy on her 99th birthday (left) and with Stephanie (right). In honour of the Findhorn community’s co-founder, Dorothy MacLean who celebrated her 99th Birthday on January 7, 2019, I feel moved to acknowledge her prophetic voice and inspiration for Climate Change & Consciousness: Our Legacy for the Earth. Dorothy’s advocacy … Continue reading Dorothy MacLean and Bill McKibben: Bee the Change

The Importance of the Environment to Rangatahi Māori

By CCC19 participant, Whakairitaua Stanyon, introduced by CCC19 co-organiser, Graham Meltzer, Findhorn. Graham: According to Noam Chomsky, the world is “facing potential environmental catastrophe and not in the distant future.” Furthermore, he insists, the only thing standing between humankind and catastrophe, are the world’s indigenous peoples. In this vein, the organisers of Climate Change & Consciousness … Continue reading The Importance of the Environment to Rangatahi Māori

Alchemical Fusion of Intergenerational Voices: A Recipe for the Future

By conference convener, Stephanie Mines. No one wants to witness, let alone live through, the demise of a civilization. Whether you're entering the 'Third Act' of your life, or looking to your future as a young adult, this is not what you would ever have predicted for yourself. CCC19 participant, Maikara McLeod aged 19, was … Continue reading Alchemical Fusion of Intergenerational Voices: A Recipe for the Future

Ngā Kaiwhakauka Taketake: Māori Youth Delegation to CCC19

A guest blog post by Ngā Kaiwhakauka Taketake (transl. The Indigenous Preservers), a Māori youth delegation to CCC19. Greetings, we are five Māori rangatahi (youth) - a group of university students embarking on the journey of our lives. We call ourselves, Ngā Kaiwhakauka Taketake, The Indigenous Preservers. In April, we will journey to Scotland with … Continue reading Ngā Kaiwhakauka Taketake: Māori Youth Delegation to CCC19

BREAKING FREE: Youth Activism and Climate Change Leadership

By conference convener, Stephanie Mines - a review of the book, We Rise, authored by CCC19 presenter, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. “Break free from the traditional tactics of activism and evaluate your skill set, as well as the unique and fresh perspective you bring. Make a difference and have a hell of a good time doing it.” ~ Xiuhtezcatl Martinez … Continue reading BREAKING FREE: Youth Activism and Climate Change Leadership