An introduction to Low Carbon Lifestyles – a talk by Mukti Mitchell

When: Wed March 12th at 7pm

Where: The Environment Council offices, 212 High Holburn London WC1V 7BF

Travel: Holburn tube or use www.tfl.gov.uk/journeyplanner

Cost: £3

Space is limited: To reserve your seat, please RSVP this email.

Sailor, carpenter and pioneer of low carbon lifestyles, Mukti Mitchell, sailed around Britain in 2007 in his hand-built, 15ft, zero-emission microyacht, Chance, to promote low carbon lifestyles. Endorsed by Britain’s leading politicians and environmentalists, the tour reached an audience of over 10 million with the message that “low carbon living is easy and fun, good for the planet, and improves your quality of life.”

By popular request, Mukti returns in the Spring of 2008 with a one week tour of 5 cities: Bristol, Oxford, London, Exeter and Barnstaple, from 8th –15th March, presenting a talk in three parts: Sailing around Britain (with slides), how to lead a low carbon lifestyle, and how low carbon living improves your quality of life – drawing on his 10 years of experience. Mukti’s book, The Guide to Low Carbon Lifestyles, will be available at the talk.

Praise for Mukti’s talks in 2007:

Probably the most interesting talk I have ever heard. Every minute was inspirational.
– Judy Oats, Scarborough

Informative, relaxed, direct – powerful. Mukti is a real-life Al Gore event and equally impressive.
– Sue Gould, Southampton

My sceptical husband came out thoroughly enthused because of the lack of hairshirt and direction to enjoy!
– Nicola Schumacher, Aberystwyth

When I heard about Mukti’s talk I thought I knew what to expect. I couldn’t have been more wrong – Mukti has given us all an opportunity to reassess the way we talk about climate change. I was a sceptic about the “no guilt” approach, but I saw Mukti in action and I now believe that it is the only way to get people to change behaviour – and it really works, it immediately makes people relax and open up to what Mukti’s saying, which of course makes sense. – No pressure, no judgment, and it is remarkably powerful – an inspiration.
– Jessie Rogers, Lymington

Mukti is giving us lifestyle options that are upbeat and positive. The delivery of his message is passionate in a quiet, informed and non-confrontational manner. His points out that a low carbon lifestyle can save you money, give you more free time and bring a quality to your life that perhaps has long been absent.
– Barbara Quilliam, Isle of Mann Co-operative

For more information contact Mukti Mitchell: E. [email protected] T. 01237 431753
M. 07779 256635 W. www.lowcarbonlifestyle.org A. Rat’s castle, Clovelly, Bideford, Devon EX39 5TF.

Here’s an amazing video showing a speech/plea by a 12 yr old. She is the spokesperson of a group of 12 and 13 year olds. Her words, concerns, exmaples are amazing!

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Heena Modi · August 7, 2008 at 9:06 am

Here’s some more about the video: –

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Severn Suzuki | E.C.O. 1992 | Environmental Children’s Organization

Severn Cullis-Suzuki is one of the world’s most remarkable youth environmental activist, speaker, television host as well as author. With some schoolmates she raised money in 1992, when she was only 12 years of age, to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, where Severn received a standing ovation for a speech to the delegates.

“Hello, I am Severn Suzuki speaking for E.C.O – the Environmental Children’s Organization. We are a group of 12 and 13 year-olds trying to make a difference, Vanessa Suttie, Morgan Geisler, Michelle Quigg and me. We’ve raised all the money to come here ourselves, to come 5,000 miles to tell you adults you must change your ways. Coming up here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future. Losing my future is not like losing an election, or a few points on the stock market.”

“I am here to speak for all generations to come. I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard. I am here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet, because they have nowhere left to go. I am afraid to go out in the sun now, because of the holes in our ozone. I am afraid to breathe the air, because I don’t know what chemicals are in it. I used to go fishing in Vancouver, my home, with my Dad until, just a few years ago, we found a fish full of cancers. And now we hear of animals and plants going extinct every day, vanishing forever. In my life, I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animals, jungles and rainforests full of birds and butterflies, but now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see.”

“Did you have to worry of these things when you were my age? All this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions. I’m only a child and I don’t have all the solutions, but I want you to realize, neither do you. You don’t know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer. You don’t know how to bring the salmon back up a dead stream. You don’t know how to bring back an animal now extinct. And you can’t bring back the forest that once grew where there is now a desert. If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it.”

“Here you may be delegates of your governments, business people, organizers, reporters or politicians. But, really, you’re mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles and all of you are someone’s child. I’m only a child, yet I know we are all part of a family, 5 billion strong, in fact 30 million species strong. And borders and governments will never change that. I’m only a child, yet I know we are all in this together and should act as one single world towards one single goal.”

“In my anger, I am not blind and in my fear I am not afraid of telling the world how I feel. In my country we make so much waste, we buy and throw away, buy and throw away, buy and throw away and yet Northern countries will not share with the needy. Even when we have more than enough we are afraid to share, we are afraid to let go of some of our wealth. In Canada , we live the privileged life. We’ve plenty of food, water and shelter. We have watches, bicycles, computers and television sets. The list could go on for 2 days. Two days ago here in Brazil , we were shocked when we spent time with some children living on the streets. This is what one child told us, ‘I wish I was rich and if I were, I would give all the street children food, clothes, medicines, shelter and love and affection’. If a child on the street who has nothing is willing to share, why are we who have everything still so greedy? I can’t stop thinking that these are children my own age, that it makes a tremendous difference where you are born. And that I could be one of those children living in the favelas of Rio . I could be a child starving in Somalia , or a victim of war in the Middle East or a beggar in India . I am only a child, yet I know if all the money spent on war was spent on finding environmental answers ending poverty and in finding treaties, what a wonderful place this earth would be.”

“At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us how to behave in the world. You teach us to not to fight with others, to work things out, to respect others and to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures, to share, not be greedy. Then, why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do? Do not forget why you are attending these conferences, who you are doing this for. We are your own children. You are deciding what kind of a world we are growing up in. Parents should be able to comfort their children by saying ‘Everything is going to be all right, it’s not the end of the world, and we are doing the best we can’. But I don’t think you can say that to us anymore. Are we even on your list of priorities? My dad always says, ‘You are what you do, not what you say’. Well, what you do makes me cry at night. You grown-ups say you love us. But I challenge you, please, make your actions reflect your words. Thank you.”

Amazing right? Can you use this video and script to enthuse your kids, their friends, other people’s kids & adults too?

Let’s all try and do a little. Together it will amount to a lot. 🙂

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