conscious community conversation considering climate calamity on the commons on Earth Day, and after
This Earth Day has been identified by the President Biden Administration as a time to focus on the climate emergency questions, for the government and all over the country.
In Ann Arbor, since 2014 activists have organized Earth Day and week activities on the commons.
Last year had to be reorganized as “virtual” with about 25 separate zoom programs leading to a global teach-in in May linking 20+ countries.
This year, with public health consciousness and proper physical distancing, we hope to combine on-site and virtual programming. The much delayed “opening of the commons” can amplify this climate focused attention.
The Megiddo Peace Project, (peacetable.org) has been the principal sponsor, with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and we have invited co-sponsors…and whoever wants to help
This year we endeavor an “Opening of the Commons” on Earth Day and the Ann Arbor Community Commons Initiating Committee has accepted to function as a co-sponsor, developing the “opening of the commons” aspects of the program and arrangements.
We can ask the City Council and the Council of the Commons and the City Sustainability Office also to be co-sponsors.
For the “formal program” we can invite speakers addressing the climate, … our Senators and Representatives, Legislators, The Mayor, the President of the University, the Dean of the School of Environment and Sustainability…and poets…and musicians, etc. …and we should have opening speakers for the commons. …looking at our group of advisors… These can be virtual presences and presentations, though we should hope the Mayor will show, and the A2zero program staff
The underlying “real” program is initiating a process of community engagement considering the climate, focusing attention toward the commons, seeking outreach to the Ann Arbor community, and communities as widely as we can.
Imagine in Ann Arbor….
In each of our 44 precincts, neighbors begin to reach out to one another- next door, across the street, over the back fence, upstairs, downstairs, across the hall
Begin a conversation, knock on the door, pass a letter of invitation.
- >what are the facts of climate calamity?
- >what are the big things that are needed?
- >what are the little things that we can do individually?
- >what can be done neighborhood-wise in our neighborhood ?
- >what are the good things happening that you have heard about?
Start face to face.
- be public health conscious, wear a mask and keep proper physical distance.
- show social solidarity.
- meet in the street to talk or where safe.
- make notes, do it again, and again
Send the ideas you like best from the local neighborly talks in the precincts to Ward-wide zooms.
Organize “open space meetings” over several days, beginning harvestings of ideas.
Invite neighborhood artists and creatives to put ideas together in pictures and exhibits from each Ward, and bring them to the commons by April 22. Making a City-wide exhibit on the commons and that can also be presented virtually.
Ask everyone, during the Earth Day Weekend, sometime, come to commons. See what has come from the neighborhoods and exhibits from all over the city and from organization programs doing climate action and education.
Declare your presence in the commons. Join the web site. Join the discussions.
Help create a downtown destination on Earth Day through the weekend.
Opening the commons, exceeding expectations.