Radical Joy Revealed
September 24, 2014

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Intimate, Extraordinary, Necessary
Fanciful plant & animal costumed
People costumed as quirky plants and animals, Climate March, London. Photo by Fiona Hanson/AP Images for AVAAZ
For the estimated 600,000 people who showed up for the Climate Marches taking place worldwide on September 21, global warming is the most dire crisis ever to confront humankind.


Yet for those who gathered in Britain, Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Australia, the U.S. and 161 other countries, the march was a joyful, uplifting event.


How could this be so?


Because it's a wildly exhilarating thing to declare your passions about something and in the process meet others who feel the same.


At the New York march vegans and socialists marched together, children and elders, people in wheel chairs and people on stilts, musicians and mayors, even an ark bearing leaders of different faiths. All moved beyond private opinions and grudges to speak on behalf of our shared home, the Earth.


What we wanted, of course, was for the world leaders meeting at the UN this week to confront global warming with the same urgency we feel.


But even if we're disappointed again, we know our action counted, because we showed up to take it.


That's why our path at Radical Joy for Hard Times begins with making simple gifts of beauty for wounded places. Because it's the most intimate, extraordinary, and necessary thing you can do for one place in one moment.

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On June 21 people around the world went to wounded places, shared their stories of what the places mean to them, spent time getting to know the places as they are now, and made a simple act of beauty there. To see the photos of the 5th annual Global Earth Exchange, visit our website. To read the stories click on the little "pins" on our world map.
Radical Joy for Hard Times is a global community dedicated to finding and making beauty in wounded places. Reconnecting with these places, sharing our stories of loss and despair, and making acts of beauty there, we transform the land, reconnect people and the places that nourish them, and empower ourselves to make a difference in the way we live on Earth.
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