counter culture

I got really fed up with all the silly news on tabloid magazines as you wait in the aisle in shops. So I photoshopped a cosmo cover with relevant topics that I wish they would actually talk about, to poke fun at the whole thing. Then I printed them out and now I'm popping them on top of stacks of actual magazines. Just a little positive prank.

If anyone has ideas of what they'd want to see on tabloids, send them my way and let's make some more! :)

(Thanks to AK for the “counter culture” title)

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plastic free july

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Just before July, I asked the office at tentree if anyone would want to participate in Plastic Free July with me, and to my pleasant surprise so many people were on board.

We had weekly tips and tricks, and everyone did their best in limiting their usual plastic use. I think it opened up a lot of perspective and can definitely be a challenge. Some people avoided foods completely if they couldn’t find an alternative! I picked lots of berries growing wild in the city too (helpful with the season).

On the very last day, Nada (our new local package-free grocery store) came and hosted a little pop-up shop of plastic-free goods and tools to help everyone be able to extend the challenge into their everyday.

We also got a blog post written about it: https://www.tentree.com/blogs/news/this-is-what-we-learned-from-participating-in-plastic-free-july

Thank you to everyone for participating! You are awesome. And remember, it’s not really all our fault - it’s about getting corporations to be responsible and governments to create stricter regulation to reduce single-use.

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I'm in Patagonia's magazine

So my colleague at tentree pointed out an article in Patagonia's Environmental + Social Initiatives magazine, after I told him I was in a climate camp fighting coal in Germany. And sure enough, I was in that very same police kettle in the photograph last August!

I had a wee bit of pepper spray on my face, but not as bad as my friend. Besides that, and the brutal treatment by police on some innocent protectors, we had a lot of fun. We were stuck in that kettle for about 2 or 3 hours, but everyone brought along something fun. And while the cops were standing there emotionless and stern in the heat, we were blowing bubbles, giving massages and hugs, doing yoga, playing instruments, and singing songs. What side of the revolution would you want to be on?

It's an honour to have participated in the Ende Gelände movement, and for Patagonia to feature it!

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Glasgow Goes Green

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For Glasgow Goes Green, I was invited to come do some live mural painting at the funky warehouse setting of SWG3. Hundreds of people came to partake in workshops, learn about different projects and organisations, and listen to live music, all with a green theme.

Take Activism

Shared by Friends of the Earth Europe, I made this post as a playful idea that Activism is what can cure so many of the world's ailments.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Let's make the world better, creatively. 

Street Art

It was my goal to make some street art before the end of this year (2016). So on New Year's Eve Eve, I made myself get out of bed at 1am, and cycle to the university with a bucket of paint and a brush in my pocket. (I had a little accidental paint spill on the end of my road over some cobblestones, and therefore painted most of my bicycle and jeans in white, but it was fine.)

Because of the holidays, this area of Edinburgh was a lot less busy than normal, and it was a perfect opportunity to paint on the construction boards at Bristo Square, as it wasn't causing vandalism on any permanent property.

Luckily I bumped into two friends on the way, who kept me company while I painted, and it caused some attention from passers-by, all positive.

I shared it online, with an astoundingly good result. It was shared many times, and it was nice to think that it is living on one physical wall, but is being shared digitally through many people's photographs, reaching even more people than just the ones who will walk past.

I definitely want to create more inspirational art on construction boards, especially around the university where there is a concentration of open-minded individuals who have the chance to make a lot of change.

Climate Action Christmas

I drew a little doodle for Young Friends of the Earth and Friends of the Earth to share as a social post for the holidays.

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EcoSattva

Went to a beautiful workshop last night, called EcoSattva...a Buddhist and mindfulness approach to climate change. It was exactly what I needed. It was broadcast live around the world, with hundreds of people tuning in, and a group of lovely ladies gathered in an art studio, drinking tea, surrounded by candles and warm lights. I felt so comfortable as we listened to speakers and a monk so clearly explain everything in our world that requires urgent change. The system and those in power who distract us and keep us from creating positive change are all too prevalent. There is too much injustice, too much discrimination, between all living beings on this planet. All the issues are connected, and tackling climate change is something that brings it all together in a cause that affects us all. I cried. The women around me cried. This is something that rings so true to so many souls, and it was amazing to connect with so many people who feel the same. The course is going to have workshops on how to use our immense love for the world, with a sense of urgency, compassion and responsibility and make the future positive. The winds are changing and we've got a window of opportunity to act. A small, quickly-closing window.

Naomi Klein at 6 Degrees TO

Beyond grateful to have gotten to attend Naomi Klein's talk at 6 Degrees TO tonight...all the tickets had been sold out but I made a sign to hold at the door asking if anyone had an extra ticket. A man stood beside me saying how hopeless it was, we wouldn't get in, but he'd stand with me anyway.

Luckily, a man came by and simply gave me a spare ticket he had, and I barely had the chance to say my thanks. I gave my ticket sign to the man who stood next to me and wished him good luck.

The talk was beautifully placed together covering a variety of issues and a future view for Canada (and the world) to quickly leap towards. Check out the Leap Manifesto! At the beginning of the talk we got to witness an Aboriginal tribe perform with singing and drumming, and at the end an adorable Syrian refugee children's choir.

At the end of the event the man I had given my sign to got into the lecture as well, and had passed on my ticket sign to another girl who also managed to get in, and pass the sign along again. We got a miniature movement going! Regardless of the hopelessness we feel, the only thing we can do is keep being determined to get to our goal in creating a sustainable world we want to live in.