SustainUS Delegation to COP22: our work begins

I spent last weekend in Oakland at Canticle Farm alongside fourteen other Climate Justice Storytellers representing youth from across the United States. We’re traveling to Morocco this November as youth delegates at COP22, the UN talks on climate change.

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We focused our first few days on doing a small-scale version of Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects. Then, we asked ourselves the  question: What would it look like to finish COP22 more energized than when we arrived?

It’s an honor to be a part of this group of dynamic climate activists. We stand with Standing Rock.

#NoDAPL #WaterIsLife

 

Unfolding Here: advice from people on the road

Greetings from DesMoines, Iowa!

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For the last few days I have been driving across the country with Caroline Catlin.

We’re collecting handwritten pieces of advice from people we meet along the way, because why not?!

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This mini-project is unfolding into beautiful, face-to-face interconnectivity on the move. I’m grateful for this time to stop and reflect.. and to catch up on episodes of On Being.

In San Francisco I’ll be attending a meet-up of climate activists going to Morocco this November as part of the youth delegation with SustainUS. Then it’s back to the northeast for a few months of coaching rowing at Phillips Exeter before packing up the bicycle and flying to Marrakech.

What piece of advice would you give to your past, present, or future self?

“Learning to Scale Peaks From My Underprotective Mother”

Ya’ll. YA’LL.

I wrote an essay that was published yesterday for The New York Times.

It’s up on the Well Family Blog as part of a series on family relationships called Ties.

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gorgeous illustration by Gisselle Potter

Here’s the full essay:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/07/22/learning-to-scale-peaks-from-my-underprotective-mother/ 

Someone pinch me? I’ll be over here doing a happy dance.

Much love,

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Yours Truly on the TV

A few months ago I did an interview with NationTV 22 in Bangkok for the show Mong Rao Mong Lok / มองเรามองโลก.

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me & Veenarat Laohapakakul, who asks wonderful questions

Here’s the full show that aired this weekend in Thailand –– it’s in Thai, but the interview is in English with subtitles! Hope you enjoy:

I’m Teaching Two Classes!

Hey world! I’m teaching two week-long online writing classes in March for 24 Pearl Street, the online branch of the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.

It was a huge honor to be offered this position.

One course is on deep listening: http://web.fawc.org/24-pearl-street/tell-me-story-power-deep-listening

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The other is on tangible things & how our bodies interact with space: http://web.fawc.org/24-pearl-street/tangible-things-object-based-storytelling

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Both are poetry / non-fiction hybrid courses. I had a lot of fun dreaming up the syllabi and am confident that they will be two transformational weeks. Come join!

You can view the full list of the courses that 24 Pearl Street offers here: http://web.fawc.org/24-pearl-street/workshops

Big love from the Whanganui River,

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People’s Climate Movement

Hey world,

I’m riding my bicycle to the People’s Climate March in Christchurch, New Zealand on Nov. 28, 2015.

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The Places I Have Listened: collecting stories at Monsavu Dam, Fiji / November 2014

Last September I attended the People’s Climate March in NYC among a crowd of 400,000 activists. I was a drop in that ocean.

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yours truly with the epic organizer / magician Collin Rees (@collinrees) / NYC People’s Climate March / September 21, 2014

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September 21, 2014: I was there. I marched. I listened. I recorded 3+ hours of stories from the people I met. I cried three times. I danced. I was silent and I was loud. I have never felt such powerful energy in my life.

Will you be attending a People’s Climate March this weekend? There are events kicking off all over the globe. Check out www.peoplesclimate.org to find an event near you. There’s a map of locations here: www.peoplesclimate.org/actions/map/ 

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“Water is worth more than gold.” The People’s Climate March in NYC was electric.

Keep on keepin’ on. Your voice has value.

To change everything, we need everyone, everywhere.

Tell your story.

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“No More Denial”

Over & out,
Devi on Wheels

 

White People Need to be Talking About Racism

… and white people need to be listening to black voices.

“If you can only be tall because somebody is on their knees, then you have a serious problem. My feeling is that white people have a very, very serious problem, and they should start thinking about what they can do about it. Take me out of it.” — Toni Morrison

Listen.

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