Hi everyone, I just moved back to Asheville and look forward to connecting with this group! I grew up in the Raleigh area and went to UNCA about a decade ago before moving out to NM and CA for a few years each. Most of my work has been in the field of international education, but I've become more engaged in climate issues in the past few years inspired by the momentum of the movement and my own experiences witnessing the environmental and community destruction caused by extreme climate change and inequality.
I participated in a number of Pachamama Alliance events and workshops in San Francisco and appreciate their holistic approach to creating a more sustainable world. Last year I collaborated with one of their outreach team members along with the director at ClimateMama (based in NY) on a project as part of my graduate program focused on expanding participation of young families and working age adults in climate action.
I'm excited to be back in WNC and hope to get better acquainted with local climate orgs soon. Of course it's been tougher to meet people and connect with the state of the pandemic, but I look forward to hearing about any outdoor and/or virtual meetings happening in the near future!
Hi Pachamama Asheville from Pachamama RTP! You are invited to be part of our Drawdown Solutions workshop, which starts today at 2 and runs for 4 Saturdays. It’s all on Zoom, so easy to take part! We’d love to start building the synergy between our groups here in NC.
I wanted to let you know that Pachamama Alliance is hosting the VOICES FOR THE EARTH SUMMIT (Wed, April 22, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm, PDT) -- An online gathering of some of the great thinkers of our time to look at how we might come out of this pandemic ready to regenerate our planet and social institutions.
You can register at https://landing.pachamama.org/earth-day to get the summit link, and then join for any sessions that interest you throughout the day.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT — Morning speakers:
- Arkan Lushwala - Indigenous Ceremonial Leader
- Lynne Twist - Author and Co-founder of Pachamama Alliance
- Paul Hawken - Environmentalist and Author
- Jojo Mehta - Director & Co-Founder of Ecological Defense Integrity
- Mark Reynolds - Executive Director of Citizens’ Climate Lobby
- Manari Ushigua - Healer and Sápara Nation Leader
- Belen Paez - Director of Fundación Pachamama
- John Perkins - Author and Co-founder of Pachamama Alliance
- Hazel Henderson - Author and Futurist
- Raj Sisodia - Author, Speaker, Co-founder of Conscious Capitalism Inc.
- Paul Dolan - Regenerative Agriculturalist
12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. PT — Afternoon speakers:
- Dolores Huerta - Labor Leader and Activist
- Pat McCabe - Activist, Author, and Ceremonial Leader
- Lyla June - Public Speaker, Poet, and Musician
- Van Jones - TV Host, Author, and Activist
- Angel Kyodo williams - Activist and Zen Priest
- Atossa Soltani - Activist and Founder of Amazon Watch
- Annie Leonard - Executive Director pf Greenpeace, USA
- Charles Eisenstein - Author & Speaker
Hope to see you there!
Please join us for the second meeting of Drawdown WNC, on Sunday, February 9 from 1:30-3:00 pm at Jubilee Community Church. Drawdown WNC is a new group that brings together individuals and groups working on Project Drawdown’s climate solutions in the Southern Appalachian region.
The February 9 meeting will feature several short, upbeat Pecha-Kucha-style presentations about
*Tips and tools for communicating about climate change
*The importance of collective action
*Drawdown solution #35: Bamboo
At the meeting, you will have the opportunity to sign up for subgroups working on Drawdown sectors -- Electricity Generation, Food, Land Use, Women & Girls, Buildings & Cities, Transport, and Materials. And you can also sign up for Drawdown WNC regional subgroups -- Asheville, Henderson County, Madison County, Yancey/ Mitchell County, etc. We also welcome folks working on Drawdown in Southern App regions outside NC such as Upstate SC, East Tennessee, SW Virginia, and N Georgia.
After the meeting, we invite you to continue the discussion with tea and snacks at Laughing Seed Cafe next door, where we have reserved a big table... and you can support a restaurant that promotes Drawdown solution #4: Plant-Rich diet!
I hope you'll join us, and please pass this on to colleagues, neighbors, and friends.
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I wrote to you last week to let you know about the formation of a new group to focus on Drawdown solutions, and some of you have joined the Drawdown WNC Meetup group - glad you joined! For those of you who haven't joined the Meetup group yet, here is some info: Drawdown WNC is having its first meeting next Sunday, December 15 from 1:30-3:00 at Jubillee Community Church on Wall Street. You can read more about the event here: https://www.meetup.com/Drawdown-WNC/events/266979579/
You can RSVP by signing up on the Meetup site (it's free) or you can RSVP to me via this forum. Please share this with friends, neighbors, and colleagues. I hope you'll join us!
I’ve started a WNC Drawdown group through Meetup. You can find it here and it’s free to join: https://www.meetup.com/Drawdown-WNC/
The goal of this group is to network, learn, and act to implement Drawdown changes in our region. The group will be centered in Asheville, but will include outlying rural areas which have their own unique strengths and challenges.
Would you be willing to join the Meetup group?
Do you have an idea for a venue in Asheville where we could meet once a month (with ample parking, ample seating, ability to project video and slide talks)?
Can you help us connect with diverse folks so that we can implement Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) right off the bat? We want rich and poor, people of every color and culture, young and old, LGBTQ and cis/straight, town and rural, formally educated/ not formally educated, etc.
Do you know folks in our region (WNC/ Upstate SC/ North GA/ East TN/ Southwest VA) who can speak about Drawdown solutions that are relevant to our region – Regenerative ag, solar technologies, temperate forests, etc?
The Drawdown WNC Meetup group will meet as soon as we find a venue and get a critical mass of members – possibly even before the end of this year, but certainly by the beginning of 2020.
Please pass this on to your friends, colleagues, neighbors, etc.
(Sorry for double posting if you've already received this from me) Thanks!