I am a great fan of Islamic environmental thought and action, I must also say I have really enjoyed working with local Church of England people here in East Berkshire.
Religion can be intolerant but it can also promote justice, the commons and ecology....here is the latest news from WIN the Islamic environmental group, although of course, they include people of other faiths and none.
Must, must get some time for Zen, could be after the General Election.
1) WIN PRESENCE IN LONDON, AND BEGINNING IN BRIGHTON...
At a recent review meeting, we decided that with a couple of our representatives based in Brighton, it would make sense for us to work with local communities there as well. Hence, whilst continuing to work in London, we now also have a presence in Brighton. We will begin slowly and will post any updates on this list.
2) WIN INTERVIEW ON TURKISH ISLAMIC WEBSITE
One of our representatives was recently interviewed for Dunyabizim.com, by a writer looking report on "eco-activism...inspired by Islam". For our Turkish-speaking readers, the original article can be found at the link below. For others, it is possible to translate online.
3) FAITH IN THE ENVIRONMENT EVENT
Youth Wing of Indian Muslim Federation (UK) with the Executive Director of Greenlife UK, Anwar Lohiya
Invite you to attend: Faith in the Environment
On Monday 29th March at 5.30pm
Would you like to learn more about the environment and practical measures in saving energy in your home and faith buildings? We invite you to attend and learn about the reduction of the Carbon foot print and its global and local effects.
Environmental Champion Certificates will be awarded to the participants.
Venue: Indian Muslim Federation Hall, 41 Trinity Close, London, E11 4RP
RSVP only: Basil Tungekar firstname.lastname@example.org mob: 07801 846 563
4) ONE YEAR ON AND STILL NO JUSTICE: REMEMBER IAN TOMLINSON: ONE MINUTE SILENCE
Please join the Tomlinsons in laying flowers at the spot where Ian died, on Thursday 1st April 2010, at Cornhill by Threadneedle Street, London, EC3V (Bank tube)
Please arrive at 10.45am so that we can observe a minute's silence at 11.00am.
Ian died in tragic circumstances an innocent passer-by, trying to get home, who died after a police assault at the G20 protests on April 1st 2009.
5) FOSSIL FOOLS DAY
Thursday 1st April - EVERYWHERE. Fossil Fools Day. Climate change is no laughing matter - but that doesn't mean we can't confront the Fossil Fuel Empire with subversive humour. Direct actions, practical jokes and throwing a spanner in the works to stop the fossil fools.
6) CLIMATE EMERGENCY OVERNIGHT VIGIL
Campaign against Climate Change
Night of Saturday to Sunday 15th-16th May, Parliament Square
Post election event to remind the new government that dealing with the climate crisis needs to be their top priority. Light a candle for scientific realism and rationality against the dark, populist, tide of sceptic lies and ignorance. Join others in a visible demonstration of conviction that we face a climate emergency, and determination to challenge the government in the future if it does not respond appropriately.
Events through the night every hour on the hour. Bring candles, lanterns, artistic creations, music, peformances etc.
Join us right outside the home of government if you can . if not, can you organise an overnight vigil in your locality, say outside the surgery of the newly elected MP, or wherever you feel most appropriate?
Put this date in your diary - updates and more details later.
To book a space in the schedule contact: info@campaigncc. org
7) ART OF MENTORING
Essential for Parents and Grandparents, Teachers and Outdoor Educators, Naturalists and Sustainable Communities.
Date: July 4th-10th 2010
Venue: Green and Away (near Worcester, Worcestershire, UK)
With Jon Young, Founder of the Wilderness Awareness School
We are in uncertain times that demand innovation. The roots of the Art of Mentoring are based on principles observed in nature. The course provides knowledge, tools and techniques to create a powerful culture of nature connection in the home, classroom and workplace. Participants learn a system of connecting others more fully to themselves, their society and the environment; to help find their individual strengths, sense of belonging and love of the world.
Sliding Scale fees.
For more info, please visit: www.artofmentoring.co.uk
8) SONG WORKS
Associated NVPN member - Maya Waldman
Weekly singing group open to all. Harmonies, rounds & songs from around the world taught by ear. Come play around with song and let the music flow.
We meet Wednesdays 7:30 – 9pm, Hornsey Vale Community Centre, Crouch End, London N8.
Location: Greater London, Crouch End
Contact: 07870 633 193
Day of week: Wednesdays 7:30- 9pm
Wisdom In Nature is an Islamic ecological & community activist group. Our original name was LINE, a name that co-exists for the time being. We hold open forums in central London and engage in a transformative approach. Our activities include deep dialogue, educational talks and workshops, climate change campaigning, and nature outings. Find out more about us by visiting our website: http://www.wisdominnature.org.uk