Job well done, Greenpeace! One of their long-running campaigns is to have interconnected ocean sanctuaries and Cebu led the call for national protection of sharks in the Philippines. Milestones like this look and sound easy to accomplish but the struggle to lobby policy change and implementation is as heavy as the institutions involved.
Slowly, I understand that there’s nothing in the world that prevents this moment as the moment in our lives. We’re asked to bear witness because the issues need eyes to see them where the belonging (to connect, care, contribute) and the becoming (to support the future potential) of our highest selves happen right now.
I remember my first info overload on our ecological crisis. It was in 2007 when my friends and I agreed to volunteer as Solar Generation youth campaigners for climate change and energy. We all came from different colleges with various skill sets and zero knowledge on the issue.
It’s definitely not an easy path when we answer the call to be informed. As the dissociated habit of mainstream society is bringing in wider polarity, more fear and less sensitivity to feel our core values pulsating in our veins and molding us, I got burnout and apathetic with all the noise after 8 years.
Eventually, I’m not bothered on only pressuring structures (i.e. governments and corporations) to change first before I do. They are the gravity of society holding ideals and concepts of the majority. When our consciousness expands, our cognitive and emotional capacity to give and take in relation with the world will be an inter-relational awakening as a shared experience.
Our social accountability to take care of our individual challenges everyday will shape the future. I’m a work in progress remembering how to be deeply human with the ability to respond with gentleness and integrate insights in my lifestyle. That’s meditation in action.
After all, we’re the ones we’ve been waiting for. We’re asked to tap our higher states of awareness to turn questions into answers, stay creative, passionate and open in challenges because innovative cultures allow space, presence and inspirational capacity to flourish.
So, let’s keep walking forward with firm resolve and profound dedication to create and complete projects that make real and unique contribution to one specific area (i.e. human rights, environmental, justice and peace, animal welfare) that needs our unique energies.
“Sacred activism is the fusion of the mystic’s passion for God with the activist’s passion for justice, creating a third fire, which is the burning sacred heart that longs to help, preserve and nurture every living thing.”
You can find this blog entry in Greenpeace too!