EchoActivate | Education, Communication & Fun | Working Side-by-Side, Empowering through Participating | Cleaning, Reusing, Planting & Restoring Habitats for All Creatures | Global Climate Action Summit

If India was able to plant 66 million trees in twelve hours with a million + people side by side doing it, this same action could happen around the world towards any environmental movement.

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Word cloud of involved actions in EChOACTiVate

I meditate daily and ask the four forces – earth, air, water and plasma – practicing heart rhythm meditation. My intent is to carry my voice to peoples’ platforms I can participate in and for information and guidance to be carried to me. It’s an intuitive process of trusting in the intelligence and consciousness of the universal force. I feel that many things that appear to ‘happen’ serendipitously, arrive because of intention to connect to this information. Magic? Today, for the first time i clicked on and read this info from this community that I learned of while taking courses when living in Pennsylvania. Interfaith Power & Light: A Religious Response to Global Warming. I’d go to multidisciplinary talks with religious leaders from all these different faiths putting forth their viewpoint on various questions. Opening it, i found out about this, The Global Climate Action Summit happens to be taking place in San Francisco, September 12th to 14th. Just a week before the ccc reunion.

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pour EChOACTIvate

It seems to be an excellent place to continue to disseminate my idea. The idea started years ago, imagined actually right before the COP21 Paris climate talks, which I went to, to Paris for two weeks with 20 dollars.

Previously I named the idea Eco Revolution, then EcoActivate, because the first was taken.

lo que tu puedes hacer con EChOACTiVate

The idea is to bring the information to the people, through a cyber portal of information, and a mobile unit that comes to a community with needs that people perceive or perhaps aren’t aware of at all, that they can then do together to clean up and build sustainable energy, transportation and to plant community gardens, bee and butterfly highways, plant trees and build animals bridges…

The idea is to bring people together in a celebratory, participatory way. With the knowledge they need to create, transform and participate in greening their own environment.

Education is the tool. People power is the engine.

was EChOACTiVate ist

was EChOACTiVate ist

| the role of the clown / humor in imparting information |

The images of the clowns in this article about traffic chaos in Venezuela put a smile on my face, even before I knew what it was about, and triggered me to investigate more about clowns and mimes in different cultures and times. Apparently Venezuela has been having some difficulties with people not obeying traffic rules, nor the authorities, i.e. uniformed police officers, who have been trying to dictate them. There’s been a pervasive lawlessness in the streets with respect to drivers, motorcyclists and pedestrians. So they devised a plan. They enrolled about 100 people and trained them as clowns, to mime reminders to citizens about how to abide by the rules of traffic.

They realized that mimes could more emphatically and effectively inform, because people are in general more receptive to humor and this lighter means of expressing information. In fact, I realized again in the last days, how much humor has been the key to pierce through my own ‘unproductive’ thinking, and bounce me back on track with a more realistic and wider perspective.

My sister had told me a year ago when she’d seen images of men in Los Angeles, who were quasi street gang members, wearing clown outfits. I came across Dave LaChapelle’s documentary “Rize”, in which he portrayed the ‘Clowns Vs Krumpers’ in their Battle Zone, of street dancing in LA. ‘Clowning’ was a predecessor to ‘krumping‘. Clowning was allegedly sparked in 1992 by Thomas “Tommy the Clown” Johnson in Compton, California. Krumping comes from K.R.U.M.P., a backronym for “Kingdom Radically Uplifted Mighty Praise”, a dance movement started originally as a faith-based art form by Ceasare (pronounced CHEZ-a-ray) “Tight Eyez” Willis and Jo’Artis “Big Mijo” Ratti in South Central, Los Angeles, California during the early 2000s.

Tango emerged as a stand-off/battle between men on the shipping docks of Argentina, in which the competitors’ used their physical finesse and strength displayed through dance, rather than weapons, as their artillery. Though I’m truly captivated by music and dance as languages within themselves, my interest is in the street gangs’s choice to pantomime their dance as clowns. Adorning themselves with face paint and costume, sets them ritually apart from the masses. And though clowns can be either gentle or grotesque in their exaggeration of features, could be that this masquerade is vigorously playful and creative, while at the same time mocking the establishment. Perhaps the role that they play, mirrors back to the rest of us, the roles and uniforms which we all conform to, in our attempt to find our own identity through an association with a group and the beliefs that they uphold.

I really don’t know that much about the history of clowns throughout time in different cultures, so I googled it.

What I had already had an inkling about, is that court jesters were to the King, as the role comedians have played in various cultures; having the license, through humor, to expose the truth without being condemned. Well, actually some comedians have been ostracized! Among a long list of American comedians, Bill Hicks and earlier Lenny Bruce, stand out as some who were consistently controversial in their scathing and perceptive observations about religion, marriage, morals, drugs, racism and irrational ideas… And though what they have expressed are unfortunately unacceptable to the establishment, in this role, they’ve been able to get away, for the most part, with making their incisive statements.

According to wikipedia regarding clowns, “Examples of historical, clown-like comedic performers have been the pantomimus in ancient Greece, the Lazzi of Commedia dell’Arte, bouffons, court jesters, as well as the French mime tradition. In addition, there are many non-European clowning traditions; the clown-like figures in Japanese Kabuki theater and North American Native Shaman traditions.

Contrary to court jests, clowns have traditionally served a socio-religious and psychological role, and traditionally the role of priest and clown have been held by the same persons. Now THIS is interesting!