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work parties in the new millenium

The words “work party” may conjure up images of office staff at a Christmas party, drinking too much, and smooching over the photo copier. The type of work party that is gaining popularity these days has little to do with office workers socialising over sugar cookies, and more to do with people coming together to create something, share information and of course have fun!

Some parties are held  around Vancouver, B.C. by a local group The Sustainable Living Arts School. They host “learning parties” or “work parties” to build gardens, preserve food, learn about herbs and foraging for food in nature, or building a fence. The parties are bringing back the arts our grandparent’s generation learned along with the alphabet and addition, that have  been almost lost in our  modern day lifestyle of convenience and instant gratification.

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I took part in a local work party this month. It was not about saving the planet this time, but about brewing beer! I am Canadian and beer is part of our culture here in the great white north.  I heard about the party on a local email list and wanted to learn more about the organisation SLAS and beer making. It was a perfect opportunity to experience learning in a community environment and that we were brewing beer was just a bonus!

Hosting numerous events to share knowledge  in an intimate atmosphere strengthens a community. The SLAS  brings people together to learn and work.  The party I attended was hosted by a local family. I knew I was at the right house when I walked up to the house and noticed the front lawn had been transformed into a vegetable garden! The friendly people at the party and the relaxed topic of brewing  beer was a wonderful introduction into a way of learning and skill building that one could not help but feel has been almost lost.  Not so long ago there was a time when people would  come together regularly to raise a barn, harvest a crop, cook for a sick neighbour or a new mother. We can get back to that way of living one step at a time.

Today an even  larger party is being planned. 350.org is planning a global work party on October 10, 2010 – or 10 10 10 – and you are invited!  Working together we can create the changes we need  for a sustainable future. The science of 350.org is simple, there is too much CO2 in the environment.

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The number 350 is the parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide that the planet can safely manage. The number today is 387 ppm and still rising.  The website displays colourful photographs taken all over the world in an attempt to show that people do care about the planet and want to help make changes. Environmentalists, educators, and prominent global leaders like David Suzuki, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and  Vandana Shiva are some of the supporters of this movement.

By hosting climate leadership workshops people are educating themselves and drawing attention to the fact that the planet needs us to help restore what has been lost.

Advances world wide since the industrial revolution have stripped the earth of it’s innocence and depleted natural resources, while pollution and global population has exploded at an unprecedented rate.

The sad fact is that we may see half the species on earth become extinct this century, if that is not a sobering statement you have not been paying attention.

All hope is not lost, and people like me and you can make a difference. The local food movement is strong and growing. Schools and community centres are taking the lead, with many adding solar panels, creating recycling programs and incorporating environmental education into curriculum. Children represent our future, and what legacy they inherit is up to us.

Championing movements to improve the environment, young people have historically been the ones to bring changes to the for front. Maybe because they are physically closer to the earth, they are still optimistic about the future. Children are naturally interested in learning about how the world works, this is  why they are not only our best hope, they are our inspiration to do better.

You can organise a work party and be a part of the largest world wide movement for the environment.  This is one party you should  mark on your calendar, and invite all your friends!

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