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

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

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

Rebels of the Caribbean

By Stephanie Mines and Stina Herberg. We don’t generally think of the Caribbean as a place of suffering and vulnerability. However, Stina Herberg and Selwyn Patterson, who are fund raising to attend the CCC19 conference at Findhorn, live on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent where each day they experience the truth of the Caribbean’s … Continue reading Rebels of the Caribbean

XIUHTEZCATL MARTINEZ: GUARDING THE EARTH FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

By guest blogger, Kim Maida;* another in our series on those attending CCC19. Seventeen-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez has been at the forefront of a youth-led, worldwide environmental movement since the age of six. Motivated by the belief that the Earth must be protected and preserved for future generations, Martinez has delivered his calls for action to … Continue reading XIUHTEZCATL MARTINEZ: GUARDING THE EARTH FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

Te Akau Wharehoka: a Māori Karate Kid

By conference convener, Stephanie Mines Continuing our series on participants coming to CCC19, this post is based on an interview with Te Akau Wharehoka, an activist Māori youth who will attend the conference with the generous support of an anonymous donor. If readers are inspired to want to donate to bring more young indigenous activists, … Continue reading Te Akau Wharehoka: a Māori Karate Kid

PORTRAITS OF REMARKABLE PARTICIPANTS

By conference convener, Stephanie Mines. The Findhorn Foundation has held approximately 80 conferences over a 40 year period. And yet, Climate Change & Consciousness in April 2019 will be unique in that, for the first time, we are asking participants to ‘pitch’ for their place. They are required to write about their background, roles, activities, … Continue reading PORTRAITS OF REMARKABLE PARTICIPANTS

XIUHTEZCATL MARTINEZ JOINS CCC19

By conference convener, Stephanie Mines. A key tenet of the vision for the Climate Change & Consciousness conference is that the voice of youth be heard, loud and clear. That aspect of the vision is now being realised with Xiuhtezcatl Martinez joining the CCC19 programme. Xiuhtezcatl (pronounced Shoe-Tex-Caht) is the indigenous hip-hop artist who is taking on climate … Continue reading XIUHTEZCATL MARTINEZ JOINS CCC19