Year of Living the Community: Week 22


The camp at Standing Rock protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline was cleared by police last week. 

The camp at Standing Rock protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline was cleared by police last week. 

Standing Rock Sioux member Chase Iron Eyes said closing the camp would not lessen the protesters’ determination. “You can’t arrest a movement. You can’t arrest a spiritual revolution,” he told reporters.

To be in solidarity with the Earth. To live as if Earth matters. This is Ecozoic Living. 

In the CCP experiment this week, things weren't so dramatic as in North Dakota but the Earth solidarity was equally undeterred. Solidarity with the Earth and learning to be present to the planet in a mutually enhancing way is required at every level and layer of human expression. In the story of 14.7 billion years of evolution, it's as if every second counts. In the story of billions of galaxies, each comprised of billions of stars and planets, it's as if every bit counts. 

Here's how we aimed to make our bit count this week: 

  • Jana was encouraged by a brief email exchange with Mary Evelyn Tucker about this project, which resulted in a New and Improved "People" page of this website. It's pretty great to be able to reach out to one of the thought leaders of the Great Work of our time and get a quick and encouraging reply. We are trying to create an access point to thinking that transforms our relationship with the planet and our participation in the flourishing of the whole community of life on Earth. 
  • The vertical garden at CCP HQ continues to develop, with this week seeing the addition of planters underneath the system to catch water run-off and increase food production. A neighbour saw us at the Adelaide Central Market, where she was buying tomatoes to go with basil picked from our community offered garden. It isn't world-changing or ground-breaking; it's just good. Another bruschetta made with low food miles...
  • The team watched part 2 of Planet Earth II; this episode was on mountains. It's possible that Sir David Attenborough has done more than any other person alive today to evoke wonder and awe at the diversity of life on this planet. Watching snow leopards in the Himalayasnever filmed before, filming themselves basically with remote motion-triggered cameras, has made us all look at the musk lorikeets taking a bath in the gutter of a city street with that much more wonder. We are only one part of this world...