Fossil free purification protest and march for the climate
29 November 2015 // 10.30am // British Museum, London
Calling on all dharma lovers, Buddhist practitioners, mindful warriors, spiritual activists… or anyone and everyone who feels passionate about celebrating and defending life.
On the morning of the global people’s climate march, November 29, we’ll be holding a purification protest ritual at the British Museum, performing ceremony with Buddhist monks to free the museum from BP greenwash.
Following on from this there’ll be a mass meditation and then we’ll march together in London, joining a wave of global mobilizations taking place across the world.
November 29 marks the first day of the COP21 climate talks, in Paris. It’s also the first day of the Climate Games where we’ll be joining others in a creative wave of actions in the weeks leading up to the talks and beyond, celebrating diversity as nature defending itself.
Why, Where and When?
2015 is an important year in the fight against fossil fuels, as in 2016 the sponsorship deals between BP and four of the UK’s most high profile national institutions are due to expire (Tate, the British Museum, the Royal Opera House and the National Portrait Gallery). Hundreds of thousands of visitors attend these places each year, normalising children from an early age to the presence of BP, and masking the real extent of their contribution to climate chaos, and destruction of life. It’s time for our arts and culture to be free from BP.
Whether or not these funding deals are renewed will depend on the amount of pressure applied this year, which is why a number of groups have been intervening with flash-mobs, musicals, mass meditations and rituals, with hundreds taking part in a mass day of protest, organised by Art Not Oil, in September 2015. Public pressure does make a difference; we’ve witnessed the power of protest recently with Shell’s announcements to pull out of the Arctic, and the Keystone pipeline development getting shelved this week. If the British Museum drops BP, it will be a significant win in reducing the power of the fossil fuel industry and send a clear YES TO LIFE at this pivotal time.
Join us in the British Museum on Sunday 29th November at 10:30am, followed by a mass meditation and a day of marching, celebrating and planning together, for Paris and beyond.
For the love of a future beyond oil,
Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement
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