Good day Pachamama Family,
I am organizing Global Prayer for the Lake Okeechobee Prayer Walk described below. Please contact me if you can offer a song, Prayer or message- for the 7 day Prayer Walk led by Miccosooki Grandmother Betty Osceola.
Event by Betty Osceola
John Stretch Park, Clewiston, Florida
Feb 6 at 8 AM EST – Feb 12 at 7 PM EST
Price: Free · Duration: 6 days
Public · Anyone on or off Facebook
Again we walk to pray for the waters of Lake Okeechobee and humanity. In these recent times it is more evident Nature is trying to rebalance and heal herself. We can either work with her help her (the environment) and I turn heal ourselves. It is evident as the children of Mother Earth we need to reconnect with the natural world around us. All of us no matter what walks of life are connected by the water. Water knows no boundaries.
This is a 110 mile walk over seven days. It is a peaceful non-violent prayer walk. Daily walking distance averages from 15 miles to 20 miles. Breaks points average 5 to 6 miles apart. Therefore, you must be in good physical condition to walk. We will be self reliant and camping in the elements. You must have your own food and water and camping gear. The weather can be rough and vary in extremes.
This prayer walk will be most arduous and will test you physically and mentally. Therefore, it is not for everyone.
We welcome and encourage prayer warriors from near and the world abroad to join us daily with prayer from the safety of your homes.
If you have a prayer, song, or meditation to share with the Walkers and the world please contact me, Holley Rauen email@example.com likes
We want to invite you all to learn more about the Rights of Nature, we wanted to share another Rights of Nature event happening next week, hosted by members of the Pachamama Alliance of Southwest Florida Community who have been working to grant legal rights to nature throughout Florida.
On Tuesday, February 9th, from 3:00pm-4:15 pm ET, Gary Robbins and Joseph Bonasia of the Pachamama Alliance of Southwest Florida will be hosting a webinar on how to implement a Rights of Nature initiative in your community, including key principles, strategies, and concrete examples from their efforts in Florida. There will also be an opportunity for participants to ask questions during the Q&A session at the end.
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Feb 9, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.Gary and Joseph are actively involved in the movement to grant legal rights to nature in Florida, both locally with the Lee County Rights of Nature Initiative and statewide with the Florida Rights of Nature Network (FRONN). Gary is the Vice-President of Lee County Rights of Nature, and Joseph is the Vice-Chair and Southwest Florida Regional Director for FRONN.
In November, voters in Orange County, Florida made history by approving a Rights of Nature amendment to their county charter, becoming the largest jurisdiction in the United States to do so. FRONN is working to galvanize other communities to build upon the success of the Orange County initiative and grant legal rights to nature throughout the state.
If you have any questions about this event, please contact Joseph by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org or by replying to this email.
The Pachamama Alliance Team and
Holley Rauen, Pachamama Alliance of SWFL co-founder
This is a call to action. Will you help? If you. have a prayer or words you want to share attend the 2 day event virtually... contact me if you want me to schedule a special time.... Here is an article and please read my message below this one.
Hello Florida friends!
Happy Winter Solstice!
We would love to know who you all are and what you envision for 2021! Here in SWFL we are very excited about the Rights of Nature taking off north of us in Orange County. Two of our core group members Gary Robbins and Joseph Bonasia have been leaders in this movement not only here in SW Florida but for all of our Pachamama Community.
Stay tuned for a new presentation about the Rights of Nature in January coming to the whole Pachamama Family. We are also excited about the formation of a new non-profit, the SWFL RESET Center. www.swflreset.org. We hatched this new organization during the pandemic, meeting weekly on ZOOM, and are emerging from our study of Drawdown together over the last three years. Our core group is asking ourselves, what can we do as the SWFL Pachamama Community that will serve the most; what is the most powerful and effective for our bioregion to come into convergence and make real systemic change? Is it Climate Justice? Regenerative Agriculture? Protecting our Fragile Wetlands from the devastation we now face due to our state and federal governments putting them in the hands of a runaway, corporate driven state? Is it to get our municipalities to claim home rule, and give Rights to Nature? Is it to abolish white supremacy and support Black Lives Matter? Is it to Protect Indigenous (Original Nations) rights in the Everglades? We may send out a survey! Tell us what is calling to you. Stay tuned and stay safe! We are still in for a bumpy ride!
Our SWFL Pachamama Group has been busy and a new non-profit has emerged from our humble core SWFL PA group called the SWFL RESET Center. Regenerative Agriculture is one of our main initiatives, so this next event Dec 1 looks awesome to us!
Pasted from Dr. Zach Bush email for online event Dec 1st 2020, with sign up link:
IMAGINE: Envisioning a Food System that Truly Nourishes The People Who Grow Your Food.
The topic of this event impacts your life every single day, multiple times a day, and for that reason alone, I hope you register.
The vast majority of us have lost touch and connection with the realities of our food system and we must begin to build a bridge back to the source. Why is this so important now? The collapse of human health is happening around us.
It is the symptom of the collapse of biology on planet earth as human behavior continues to oppose the regenerative cycles of nature.
The last century of monocrop farming and pesticide use has not only disrupted the fertile soils, but has wreaked havoc on human health, human/social oppression, and global food systems.
In addition, the unseen injustices happening because of our consumption continue to fuel devastating mistreatment of those whose hands grow our food.
Truly regenerative food systems require us to examine the structural roots of disparities that exist today and where we are perpetuating them. It is from that space where change exists.
Join me for a live event with Amber Tamm from Farmer’s Footprint & Loren Cardeli from A Growing Culture tomorrow December 1 @ 1:15 PT for IMAGINE: Envisioning a Food System that Truly Nourishes The People Who Grow Your Food.
The health of tomorrow depends on the voices we choose to listen to, the organizations we support and the willingness to be vulnerable to the solutions that change will require.
Zach Bush MD
On Election Day, a breathtaking 89% of Orange County voters approved the Right to Clean Water Charter Amendment. Orange County is now the largest jurisdiction in the nation to pass this kind of legislation.
Historic in its scope and meaning, this vote ushers in the systemic change Florida needs, and it makes Florida the epicenter of the Rights of Nature Movement in the United States.
This is an indisputable, bi-partisan mandate from the citizens of Orange County. Approval of the amendment — also known as the Wekiva River and Econlockhatchee River Bill of Rights – shows that the rights to clean water and healthy ecosystems are not to be subordinated to the interests of polluters.
It shows that business should not be conducted at the expense of the environment and the public welfare, and that the so-called choice between a healthy environment and a healthy economy is a false one.
In August, citizens also voted Nicole Wilson onto the Orange County Commission. She ran almost exclusively on the Right to Clean Water/Rights of Nature issue. Attack ads claimed the law would “kill jobs, affordable housing, and our recovering economy.” Voters rejected such claims and with 57% of the vote, Wilson handily defeated the better funded incumbent.
Floridians across the political spectrum agree on this: clean water and healthy ecosystems are vital to our personal welfare and the tourist economy.
This mandate also demonstrates that an overwhelming majority of Orange County citizens have lost faith in a state government and a regulatory system that have failed to protect the basic rights of people as well as the natural world. In a county in which the breakdown of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents is 36.6%, 34.2% and 24.3%, respectively, the amendment results may reflect the sentiments of residents throughout the state.
After decades of chronic pollution — of repeated blue-green algae blooms and red tides; of hundreds of thousands of tons of dead marine life repeatedly lining our beaches; of industry-orchestrated, in-your-face state preemptions of common-sense community environmental efforts; of the state Legislature thwarting the people’s intent by raiding the 2014 Land Acquisition Trust Fund, which voters earmarked for conservation efforts—after all these environmental issues and more, this mandate says Floridians are ready for a new approach.
There are things so basic to an American quality of life that they must be beyond the influence of corporate agents and changing political policies. Clean water and healthy ecosystems are such things.
Granting legally recognized rights to nature is the new vanguard of environmental efforts.
Now, initiatives like the Orange County amendment will be launched elsewhere in the state. Citizens who live within the Caloosahatchee River Watershed are no less deserving, and the watershed is no less deserving, of the same rights Orange County citizens have won for themselves and their waterways.
Citizens in the Pensacola Bay Watershed and the St. Lucie River Watershed will demand the same for themselves, and South Floridians desperately trying to save Biscayne Bay will follow suit.
Yes, the Legislature, in its much-ballyhooed 2020 Clean Waterways Act, preempted local jurisdictions from granting rights to nature, but the constitutionality of that preemption is already being challenged in court. Furthermore, the preemption does not apply to new Right to Clean Water/ Rights of Nature laws being pursued elsewhere in the state.
Two years after photos of our algae-choked waterways and dead marine life made international news, Florida can now boast it is at the forefront of a new environmentalism that at long last provides citizens with the rights they need and nature with the highest protection under law.
Joseph Bonasia is the Southwest Florida Regional Director of the Florida Rights of Nature Network, Inc. and member of the Pachamama Alliance of SWFL.
Originally published in “The Invading Sea,” the opinion arm of the Florida Climate Reporting Network, a collaborative of news organizations across the state focusing on the threats posed by the warming climate.
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