All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.
--St. Francis of Assisi, Patron saint of animals and the environment
Indigenous wisdom explains that we live through the dream we have of our future, and we cannot change our actions and our habits without changing our dream. What we do with always be in accordance with our dream. The elders state that we can change the dream within one generation. That’s good news.
Increasing awareness, we can build a dream of respect, harmony and stewardship of the natural world and each other. In this dream, there is enough great work for the passion and gifts of every person on Earth. No one is left out. We will build a dream based on truly sophisticated agricultural, energy, technology and transportation systems and magnificent buildings and infrastructure that are filled with life, and have a positive impact on nature and humanity.
This is an attainable, sustainable dream of great power and beauty. Let’s build it.
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…the job is to “change the dream” of the modern world. The indigenous shamans and elders …teach that “the world is as you dream it.” The dream we have had in the modern world, they say, is a dream of more – more factories, more companies, more freeways, more houses, more money, more buildings, more cars, more everything. These wise elders and shamans point out that that dream is now becoming a nightmare rippling across our great Earth, and wreaking havoc.
It has seemed to be a world where fixed, finite resources are declining so fast that we must compete in any way and at any cost to be among the people who can survive and be on top. From that view…we run the world in a way that fewer and fewer people have a real chance to win.
Changing the dream may really mean to see the world completely differently – as indigenous people do. They see a world that is totally sufficient, animated with spirit, intelligent, mystical, responsive, and creative—constantly generating and regenerating itself in harmony with the great diversity of resources that support and collaborate with one another through the mystery of life. They see human beings as part of that great mystery, each human being having an infinite capacity to create, collaborate, and contribute.
~ Lynne Twist, Co-Founder, Pachamama Alliance, from The Soul of Money
RAMA: AMBASSADOR FOR THE ENDANGERED ONES
Artists Speaking Passionately on Behalf of Those who Cannot Speak
The Rama Tree, in collaboration with a growing team of artists, scientists and innovative thinkers, is building The Rama Exhibition to inspire a million actions to restore Earth’s ecosystems. Throughout time, art has been used effectively to inspire awe, deepen understanding, and catalyze positive change. More than any other power, imagination and art can be life changing. Art can awaken a dynamic force for change -- our innate love of life. And that is our intention.
It is only when we cultivate hope in the hearts of the people so they can actually feel this potential, that change occurs. It is our dream to touch the hearts and lives of millions of people worldwide and help create the renaissance of art in the service of life.
DOING OUR PART TO CHANGE THE DREAM:
The Rama Tree (The Restoration: A Million Actions To Rejuvenate Earth’s Ecosystems) is a non-profit educational organization centered in Waimea, on the Big Island of Hawai’i in the Polynesia/Melanesia biodiversity hotspot.
The Rama Tree helps protect endangered species and create a healthy future by deepening awareness of our connection to the Earth.
The Rama Tree supports the preservation and restoration of wild nature through the dynamic integration of art, ecology, education and action at home, in schools, neighborhoods and bioregions around the world. Scientists and policy makers agree that our primary task is education.
The Rama Tree will reach young children, who innately love animals and wild nature, teens and adults. They in turn will influence their parents and teachers. The programs will be piloted in North Hawai’i on the Big Island. Known as the extinction capital of North America, Hawai’i has lost over 90% of its original habitat.