“Not Turning Away”
The 2017 All Night Vigil
Saturday 2nd December
Gaia House (and other locations)
DANCE is coordinating a sponsored All Night Vigil for practice and reflection to inspire compassionate responses to the climate crisis. Climate change caused by human activity is already contributing to considerable suffering in many parts of the world. The extent of the suffering for large numbers of beings in the future is challenging and painful to contemplate. This vigil will be a powerful and beautiful way of supporting us to turn to face these unfolding challenges with courage and wisdom.
This will be the sixth All Night Vigil in Gaia House. As in previous years we hope other groups of practitioners will hold simultaneous vigils. If you would like to organise a local vigil we can offer suggestions on how to create this opportunity for practice, contemplation and inspiration. If organising a whole night feels too daunting you may consider coming together till midnight or the early hours of the morning.
The Gaia House vigil will consist of periods of sitting and walking meditation, reflection, music, poetry and gentle movement. Please don’t be put off by the idea of staying up all night. This is an opportunity to practise together in a very special way. Participants in our previous vigils have found this a very profound, meaningful and beautiful way of practising, supported and energised by a shared intention and each other’s presence.
The vigil will be linked to an invitation to donate to 350.org, the global grassroots climate movement working to achieve a safe climate and a just, prosperous, and equitable world.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the Gaia House vigil or to express interest in organising a vigil in your own area.
If you would like to sponsor the event please donate through our Chuffed page. Thank you!
A little about the climate science
To understand why we are supporting the work of 350.org here are some climate science basics:
- It’s Warming.
Right now, annual global average temperature is already about 1° Celsius hotter than average, and we’re already locked into at least another 0.5°C of warming. One degree celsius is the difference between life and death for thousands of people and other creatures. Rising temperatures doesn’t only mean it’s getting hotter. The Earth’s climate is complex — even a small increase in average global temperature means big changes, with lots of dangerous side effects.
- It’s Us.Human beings are causing climate change, largely by burning fossil fuels. Rising temperatures correlate almost exactly with the release of greenhouse gases. Before the 18th century our atmosphere typically contained about 280 parts per million of carbon dioxide. Now, as the use of fossil fuels spreads through the world, the amount of carbon in the atmosphere is skyrocketing. In 2014, CO2 concentrations crossed 400 ppm in the atmosphere for the first time in at least 2.5 million years.
- We’re Sure.
An overwhelming 97% of scientists agree that climate change is being caused by human greenhouse gas emissions.
- It’s Serious.One degree of warming has already resulted in devastating impacts across the planet. Global grain yields have declined by 10% from heatwaves and floods connected to climate change, unleashing hunger and displacement. Over 1 million people living near coasts have been forced from their homes due to rising seas and stronger storms, and millions more are expected to flee in the coming years.
- We Can Fix It.The basic facts of climate change are grim: 80% of fossil fuel reserves need to stay in the ground for us to stay below 2°C of warming.
Here’s the good news:
- We know exactly what we have to do — keep fossil fuels in the ground and quickly transition to 100% renewable energy.
- Renewable energy is getting cheaper and more popular every day. In fact, global carbon emissions have already started to slow due to the rapid growth of clean energy.
- We’re not alone — the worldwide movement to stop climate change and resist the fossil fuel industry is growing stronger every day.