Bearing Witness to Climate Crisis – A Meditation Action

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 07:45 to 09:00

Location: Forrest Place, Perth

XRWA’s Contemplative Rebels invite you to join us in silence and stillness to bear witness to the climate and ecological emergency. We will hold an hour-long period of sitting or standing meditation and contemplation at Forrest Place. You are welcome to join us to meditate, pray or just be.

We will gather in solidarity with the Earth and all beings impacted by the climate crisis. We believe that through publicly joining together in silence we can heal ourselves and others, build community and rebel against business as usual.

In particular, we will come together to bear witness to the Australian bushfire crisis. We dedicate our contemplative practice to all those affected by the fires, and to those working in many ways for the wellbeing and protection of people, animals and ecosystems.

All are welcome to join us, including passers-by. We hope that the public will see our action as a peaceful expression of compassion and care for the earth.

Bring along a cushion, stool or chair to sit on. You may also wish to bring a blanket or mat for your knees. Please bring along a spare cushion or chair if you are able to, to offer to others. You are welcome to stand rather than sit, if you prefer. Feel free to join us for all or part of the action. If you work in the city, you are welcome to stop by for a short time on your way in to work.

We will hold two rounds of sitting meditation, separated by a short walking meditation.

Also feel free to bring an offering of some kind to sit with: A placard, an artwork, some flowers, a rock, or any other object you feel is appropriate.

Meet near the stage at Forrest Place at 7.45 am. We will sit together between 8 am and 9 am.

As part of Extinction Rebellion WA, we demand that our governments tell the truth about climate and ecological emergency, act now to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and establish citizen’s assemblies to direct policy on the climate crisis.