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“To bring forth a Environmentally Sustainable, Socially Just, Spiritually Fulfilling human presence on this plant “ The Pachamama Alliance
A Quarterly Newsletter! Global Meditation comes to Barbados with a MedMob on Hastings Rocks. Over 40 people joined together to sit and meditate in the beautiful surroundings of the south coast boardwalk. “I closed my eyes and there were about 15 of us and when I opened them there were about 45 of us” Page 2 BTC Evolving There have been two Evolve meetings since we started and both have proved not only informative but inspiring. Penny Hynam has been to both of them and gives us an introduction to the ideas behind the Evolve talks and Awakening the Dreamer Symposium was first presented to our founding members in the early part of the year. They were so inspired by what they learned and empowered by the message that they went on to form BTC Barbados. To continue the symposium’s work Issue 1 July 2012 Christy, Gay and Sharen committed to present the symposium again to a wider audience on 23rd June. Page 3

a recap on the great information that was shared Page 2

Welcome...
...to the first Be The Change newsletter. There

One of the first steps Be The Change took was to reach out to people already actively working towards these goals within our community. The Evolve presentations, modeled on the Sapling Foundations’s TED Talks, became the vehicle for this. Inspiring and informative talks on a range of topics by people who were committed to improving life on our planet. Any subject matter was welcome so long as it had the potential to Educate, Inform and Inspire, any work that sat within Environmental Sustainability, Social Justice, Spiritual Fulfillment. The first Evolve Talk was held in April and had nearly eighty attendees. Such an amazing response proved that Barbados was indeed ready for change. What was needed was a way to connect people, an open community forum where people could come together to share ideas , receive support and work together. Circle was formed. Now every three weeks a group of diverse, engaged and dynamic individuals come together to address issues and affect change. It is open to everyone, fluid and evolving, and has already create six very proactive groups within, covering Education, Recycling and Waste Management, Conservation, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, Energy Security, Communication and Advocacy. If you would like to find out more or get involved please connect at

has been so much going on in our community since Be The Change Barbados's inception that we felt it warranted it’s own online newsletter so please subscribe to get future issues
To Begin at the Beginning...... The Pachamama Alliance was created at the invitation of the Achuar, an indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest. Having made their home in the rainforests of Ecuador and Peru for centuries, they have much wisdom to offer about living in harmony with the natural world and with one another. In the 1990’s, facing oil development on their ancestral lands, Achuar elders decided to reach out to the modern world that was threatening their very existence. They issued a call for allies who would work to “change the dream of the modern world” and transform the culture of overconsumption driving the destruction of the rainforest. The Pachamama Alliance was created as an answer to their call. Today the Pachamama Alliance work to empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture and, using insights gained from that work,

The Pachamama Alliance has worked for years as an instrumental partner with the Achuar and other indigenous communities to protect their lands and culture.

to educate and inspire individuals everywhere to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world. Back in January this year a powerful presentation gifted by the Pachamama Alliance, was shown to a few members of our community. In response to this presentation Be The Change Barbados was formed. Be the Change Barbados is a non-

profit volunteer run organization committed to turning the tide of the future, build resiliency and connection as we create an enlightened, socially just and environmentally sustainable future.

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LETTER

FROM THE HEART...

Global Meditation came
to Barbados with a MedMob on Hastings Rocks. Over 40 people joined to together to sit and meditate in the beautiful surroundings of the south coast boardwalk.

Over the last two hundred years we have lived accumulatively as if there was no end to what we feel is our human entitlement. We have the assumption that progress is personal comfort at any cost. In our quest to know, understand, control and monopolise we have been moving further away from our common relationship to each other and the simplicity of Being. Instead of focusing on what we have in common, we have focused on our differences. This dream has seemed plausible until now when we are being shown how shocking our collective impact is on nature and the creatures with whom we share our planet. The statistics are heartbreaking and what is emerging is a movement unprecedented in human history. As human beings we are evolving our understanding and seeing that we are connected in a far deeper and more profound way than we ever imagined. We are discovering that plants communicate with one another and that a herd of elephants will walk hundreds of miles to pay their respects to a beloved human. Our world is deeply interconnected and peace with our earth is fundamental to the protection, healing and evolution of our planet. Our web, the way we are connected to one another is beyond what is physical, it is at the molecular, the level of the sacred.

Our first speaker was Lani Edghill, the Green Business Coordinator at the Future Centre Trust. She used slides and Power Point to outline the work that the Trust has been doing, the most successful and active environmental group on Barbados. The second speaker was Fraser Young of Eco Structure Barbados. He took us through the building of his own home, a completely environmentally sustainable house, from the building materials used to the solar powered systems throughout the house that not only do not use power from the existing grid but can give power back to it. The final speaker was Olivia Punnett from the UK. She works with a group called the Transition Movement, a grassroots network of communities that are working to build resilience in response to peak oil, climate destruction and economic instability. Olivia lives in the transition town of Wirksworth in the UK and describers the projects that they do in their town that help to educate the citizens and prepare them for climate change and peak oil events. The movement has gown grown very fast and there are now over 400 transition towns in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada and other countries. The second Evolve meeting was held on June 6 and the three speakers were Amy Le May, Corey Layne and Beverley Franklin- Brewer. Amy Le May, co-founder of Earth Mother Botanicals, talked about the herbal plant heritage of Barbados and outlined seven major wild herbal plants of Barbados and their properties and uses. She brought along several plants for us to see, warned us that many of them are being eliminated as we develop the island and called for further study of these plants and their benefits to people. Corey Layne spoke about his work with an organization that he founded to assist newly released prisoners. RAFT, Relatives and Friends Together, uses all resources available to help re-integrate released prisoners successfully back into the community. Corey also founded the Nature Fun Ranch for young people, which conducts positive programmes to keep young people out of trouble and in touch with the natural environment. The final speaker was Beverly Franklin-Brewer, a lawyer, who gave an inspiring address on her work with Conflict Resolution and Alternative Dispute methods of solving emotional issues before they get into the courts. Each of these speakers in both meetings was a superb catalyst for ideas and plans of action that followed in the group discussions. These ideas are being logged and tracked to make sure that none are lost and are followed up with actions

Tricia Lee Mouttet gives us her very personal
account of the experience. “Mob Med” - definitely a first for me…meditation in public!!! I contentedly make my way to the Boardwalk where a noticeably small group of about 15 people assembled to begin the 45 min meditation. Crossed legged, eyes closed, straight and relaxed back and mentally prepared to sit still and go within for 45 mins….I can do this!!! Knowing that my legs will go numb half way through, a guaranteed itch on my face and the ever present chatting committee in my head will make every effort to show its presence. Nonetheless, with determination, I make my way slowly inwardly to experience the gift the universe has in store for me….. The bell to bring us back rang and opened my eyes to see close to 45 people around us, perfectly serene and unified! An enormous amount of gratitude was experienced all through my meditation process. How blessed are we, in this day, in this time, to be able to freely express ourselves! How blessed are we that our nation is peaceful! How blessed are we that as a community there is awareness, knowing we all have an important part to play on this journey for change! Simply I am grateful and blessed”

Our next Mob Med is scheduled for the 21st September Please join us.

Putting aside our differences to come are informative together and stand side by side as we create a sessions that have been future built on this understanding is conceptualized as everyone’s calling. How we do this are the gifts each of us bring. Like a pebble thrown into a pond the vibration of our actions will last long after we have gone. Writes Penny Hynam

At the heart of the Be The Change

EVOLVE meetings

all those who attend are “evolving” towards a greater unified purpose through the sharing of information, passions and ideas.
Held in the beautiful setting of Staple Grove House, with the kind permission of Sharen and Trevor Carmichael, the house offers a calm and peaceful environment conducive to sharing and creative flow. The First Evolve meeting, on April 4, 2012 attracted over seventy-five people. The meetings are structured around short addresses, no more than 15 minutes each, which generate ideas that act as catalysts for the break out-groups that follow.

One Love,

Our next evolve meetings is 24th October

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“Inter-related facets of a Profoundly connected whole”
Awakening the dreamer - change the dream Symposium 2012
To truly ensure that they retain their rightful custodianship of their rainforest lands, the Achuar, asked the Pachamama Alliance to help shift the socalled “modern” worldview that places short-term economic gain over the longterm interests of people and planet. The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium became the first response to that request. The first time the symposium was presented, in Barbados, it was to a small group of about 10 people back in January. It inspired the launch of Be The Change Barbados. On June 23rd it was presented again to a group of over 40 people, And that if I want things to change, I need to start with me." Jomo Lashley, Civil Engineer, is part of Be The Change and came along to get a deeper understand of where its work had come from. “I found the symposium was very insightful and addressed many varying perspectives and agendas from the world over. The easy to follow and difficult to dispute presentation of facts challenges our crystallized world view. The use of historical context gave me hope that all the difficult, torturous and exploitative past could be healed if it is dealt with truthfully, honestly and compassionately. see how the structure weakened SO much, even though just one thing was missing.

It was a real lesson on how interdependent we all really are...I had
forgotten. It was a special visual lesson - they should do that in the schools” Niki Farmer Garden designer and keen diver, her concern for our marine life bought her along. “I came away empowered to do whatever i can however little...except i was now ready to do much more and take on more as I realised without a shadow of a doubt that every little bit counts. for me i would say the most outstanding thing about the symposium was that by this tribe taking a few

what will it inspire this time?
Tara lisa Persaud (occupation) had heard about the symposium and wanted to see for her self "the most amazing thing about the symposium was not the information I gathered about where we are as a society in the world, it was how it all made me FEEL. Fear, panic, guilt, desperation, helplessness, anger, passion, and love - all these in the space of only a few hours and all felt about the same thing, humanity. Overwhelming. But what was I left with?

This I think is a good start to changing the direction and changing the dream.”
Alex Jordan DJ and yogi, came along because of her deep environmental concern “I thought the best bit was the rope game outside. Every person was a different element or organism, like water, or big fish or mosquito...and we built a web with the rope showing the relationships between these things...then we supposed that one member of the eco-system disappeared, so that person would drop their bit of the rope, and it was amazing to

the momentum was created like a pebble in the lake and the ripples were reaching and empowering little me...!!!! amazing...”
small steps If you would like receive more information about the symposium

Connect@bethechangebarbados.org

The understanding that we are, every one of us, connected to each other.

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The Power of Circles
“Have you  have noticed  that  everything an Indian

Be The Change Today....
Simple tips to improve your life, for those around you - and for those that come after you.
Simplifying your life as much as possible..... • Become aware of how your lifestyle impacts the environment Make a list of what kind of stuff you use that is unnecessary Start by simplifying one room at a time, decluttering, labeling and organising Check what can be given away, repaired and recycled Make a commitment to reduce your personal consumption Commit to being a Citizen not a Consumer

does is in a circle, and that is  because  the  Power  of  the  World  always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. In the old days when we were a strong and happy people, all our  power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation, and as  long  as the  hoop  was  unbroken,  the people  flourished. The flowering tree was the living center of the hoop, and  the  circle of the four quarters  nourished it. The  east  gave  peace  and  light,  the south gave warmth,  the west  gave rain, and  the  north  with its cold and mighty wind  gave  strength  and  endurance. This  knowledge  came to us from  the outer world  with  our  religion. Everything the Power of the World does is  in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and  so are all the  stars.  The wind, in its greatest power, whirls,  Birds make their nests in  circles,  for theirs is the same  religion as ours. The sun come forth and goes  down  again  in  a  circle. The moon does the same, and both are  round. Even  the  seasons form  a  great circle in their changing , and always come  back  again  to  where  they  were. The  life of a man is a circle  from  childhood  to  childhood,  and  so  its  is  in  everything where  power  moves.  Our  teepees were  round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop,   a   nest   of  many  nests,   where  the  Great Spirit  meant  for  us  to  hatch  our  children.” Black  Elk  in  Black Elk Speaks  

The Forming of a Circle....
Our Circle meets every three weeks, usually at Staplegrove Plantation in St Thomas 6.30pm to 830pm. Below are some of the projects and areas we are working in.
Recycling and Waste Management
These are guys are interested in anything and everything to do with recycling and how we dispose of our waste. They are supporting the work already being done by the Future Centre Trust and piloting new collections in their own neighborhoods. conservation of all our natural wealth - from our medicinal herbs, to marine life and even our view of the ocean.

Education
Education Education Education - is anything achievable without it? This group covers a broad spectrum of work from reaching out to school children to spreading the environmental message. And everything in between! If we truly want to change our future we must educate right now!!

Energy Security
With Peak Oil a very real reality small economies like Barbados will be among the first to feel the effects How will we address our energy needs for that not so distance future? This group is looking at all our options and researching the facts of where we are today and how we can create awareness.

amount of food imported. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security covers everything from GMOs, Pesticides, Organic Farming, Hydroponics and Permaculture. Together we can help Barbados become and sustain able resilient local food economy

in life” everyone has the same access to happiness and peace.

Communication and Advocacy
The remit of these two groups is to support and develop any campaigns or projects through research, the sharing of information via social, online and print media and a variety of other communication tools.

Social Justice
A mandate to leave no-one behind - irrespective of race, color or creed. The desire to level the playing field of opportunity and potential so that “whatever lot you draw

Conservation
How do we protect the beauty of our island when it already has so many demands on it. This group covers the protection and

Sustainable Agriculture and Food security
Such a green and fertile island - such an enormous

Our next Circle meeting is July 18th

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“It is only in company that eating is done justice; food must be divided and distributed if it is to be well received.” Walter Benjamin, philosopher
On July 15th, in association with Be the Change Barbados and The Organic and Consumers Association and Open Picnic, Nutritious, delicious and home-made food, made to share ..... .... Make from scratch your If you don’t have time to make Diary
15th July - Open Picnic
Holders Farmers Market. Starts 12.30. More details opposite.
anything (or you are convinced you are a kitchen nightmare) there is plenty of produce to purchase from the market that you can contribute to the picnic – humus, breads, cheeses, pies, cakes…. Plates and cutlery will be available but we encourage you to bring your own non disposable items in an There will be live acoustic effort to cut down on unnecessary musicians, Bongo jam session waste. (bring a drum and join the jam), Make sure you label your serving Juggling lessons, Ball games. A bowl/plates so that we can make talking tree for Educational talks sure it is returned to you after use. on nutrition, medicinal plants and We will have spare labels but it is organics. Sharing knowledge as always best to do this yourself. well as food Please mark it with your name and email address or phone number. The More The Merrier The bar will be open throughout This is an open community event; the day serving soft drinks, tea food is one of life’s universal joys coffee, shakes, smoothies and and extra enjoyable when the experience is shared! So spread the alcohol. The market will be open as usual word and bring your friends. Remember show you care - bring to (9am – 2pm) so don’t worry you will still be able to pick up your share. fresh  milk, fish and veg as well as   all the usual ware and fare. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Please bring a dish to contribute to the communal picnic table. We don’t expect you to feed the 5,000 but please make sure your dish is large enough to be enjoyed by at least a few people. Bring what you like but do your best to make it at home, we all have at least one recipe that we know is a winner so bring it!

favorite family recipe; dips, salads, grains etc and bring to SHARE with your community in the gardens of Holders House. FEASTING BEGINS AT 12.30PM

18th July - Circle
Our community gathering to connect and inspire. 6.30pm at Staple Grove.

12th September - Circle
Our community gathering to connect and inspire. 6.30pm at Staple Grove.

21st September - MedMob
Hastings Rocks 5pm to 5.45pm. To celebrate World Peace Day.

24th September - Press Launch and next edition of Newsletter
Subscribe here for future editions connect@bethechangebarbados.org

3rd October - Circle
Our community gathering to connect and inspire. 6.30pm at Staplegrove.

24th October - Evolve
Inspiring Presentations from people being the Change in our community

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Be the Change Barbados is a non-profit volunteer run organization committed to turning the tide of the future, build resiliency and connection as we create an enlightened, socially just and environmentally sustainable future. Connect@bethechangebarbados.org

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