The world is in a state of existential crisis which is causing tremendous suffering as climate change and resource depletion accelerate. After six years of laying the groundwork through the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH), a six-state consortium of environmentalists, in 2016 the Convener of the Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) United Nations Working Group established and now convenes an African Diaspora Earthcare Coalition of colleagues from throughout the Diaspora.
Coalition partners work together under the aegis of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent to encourage people's local ownership, and full use of the means of food production. The African Diaspora Coalition seeks to ensure that marginalized people who are dependent on industrial agriculture’s distribution systems create alternatives for themselves, produce food and herbal medicines locally, and have access to clean water as climate change dials up. The Coalition works to maximize the number of people who comprise a robust remnant that successfully navigates through the eye of the climate change needle.
Partnerships and Spiritual Grounding: Coalition work proceeds from the premise that activism that can significantly shift unprecedented, complex 21st century challenges must necessarily be grounded in experiential awareness of the non-dual nature of reality. That is, a “lived” understanding that the division, separation, and fragmentation that we see manifest in the world is only apparent. The false sense of separation is so pervasively held as a steady point of focus in the collective unconscious that it underlies and fuels aberrant social ills which cause suffering.
A fellowship of spiritual partners including Quaker, Buddhist, Jewish, Vedanta, and Unitarian Universalist practitioners has come together to demonstrate how cultivating awareness of non-duality can translate into, “awakened activism” and the practical thriving of communities. The DNA of these traditions is centered in the knowledge that the field of universal intelligence, rather than the human intellect, is the source of authentic clarity from which truly evolutionary social activism proceeds.
Fragmented consciousness has been methodically and deliberately imprinted on the peoples of the African Diaspora for four hundred years to facilitate their exploitation for economic gain. Systemic reunification and healing is needed. Coalition spiritual partners therefore offer a backdrop of clearness and form a spacious outer circle of support around this work taking place within the African Diaspora.