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Satish’s Blog
21st July 2008

Resurgence Slow Sunday

by Satish Kumar
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Resurgence Slow Sunday

21st July 2008

Not long ago, Sunday used to be a day of rest, a day of spiritual renewal, a day for families to come together, but we have changed Sunday from a day of rest to a day of shopping, flying and driving. We are consuming, spending and using up vast quantities of fossil fuels. If we are ever going to address climate change we need to look at our own behaviour. We need a time to reflect on the choices that we, as individuals, make every single day, and how these choices impact our environment. This weekend, I invite you to join us in celebrating the first Resurgence Slow Sunday. It is a day of quiet reflection on our relationship with the world around us, it is a day where we make an active choice to consume less, reduce our food miles and our carbon footprint. Let’s also make it a day when we engage with our local community. Resurgence Slow Sunday is a day when we invite you to take part in simple actions at a local level that symbolise a rejection of commercialism, a passion for the planet, a desire for change and a move towards a more sustainable future. It is by joining together and acting locally that we can start to make a difference globally. Mahatma Gandhi encouraged local communities in India to spin their own cloth. The purpose wasn’t just the practical act of making cloth – it was also an important act of defiance against oppressive colonialism. Gandhi believed that change was possible, but to achieve this you had to ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’. Join us this Sunday when we are asking you to take part in a small but symbolic act. As Gandhi made spinning a symbol of defiance, we ask you to bake your own bread as a defiant act of environmentalism. On July 27th join us to celebrate Resurgence Slow Sunday and bake bread to save the planet. In my next blog I will write about why baking bead can help save the planet.

To find out more about Resurgence Slow Sunday go to http://www.resurgence.org/trust/slow-sunday.html

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