Starhawk, Spiral Dance, neo-pagan, Los Angeles
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Starhawk: Hope in the Time of Climate Change


As the full moon approached and the winter solstice upcoming ~ on Sun Dec 7, 2014 in LA, Starhawk joined a conscious community including SoCal 350 Climate Action Coalition, collectively co-creating a vision of a just transition away from climate- and ecosystem-damaging fossil fuels and industrial agriculture to a sustainable permaculture-oriented new world! 

Starhawk, Spiral Dance, neo-pagan, Los Angeles
Neo-pagan author and activist Starhawk hosts climate action workshop and ritual for the winter solstice, she will be continuing a long tradition of environmental activism with a spiritual imperative.

Starhawk on Climate Change Transition Optimism

I see hopelessness infecting some of the activists who are most dedicated and committed. The urgency of the issue can consume us and turn us into joyless, hectoring ascetics who writhe in guilt over every moment of pleasure and scold their fellows for every small indulgence. “How can you go shopping when your grandchildren will be roasting to death on a dying planet?” “Human beings are a blight on the planet, and everything we touch is doomed.”

We can’t mobilize people by telling them they are bad and wrong and the world would be better off without them. What we need is more like a Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland “Hey kids, we can put on a show in our own backyard!” moment of optimism. We need to believe that we can do something, and that each one of us has an important role to play in making the change. We need to trust that the process of transformation can be a joyful one that will lead us into a better world. READ MORE…

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Starhawk On Permaculture

To address climate change, we need a radically different ethic, one based on the values of caring, sharing, and mutual responsibility that are core values of almost all human societies and religions. We are not single, isolated actors, we are interdependent and to thrive, we must be accountable to the whole.

Indigenous cultures and those who live close to the earth have always known that we cannot take endlessly from a system without giving back. Philosophy and religion, both Eastern and Western, have preached compassion, fidelity, and told us to love our neighbors as ourselves – albeit that these virtues are often more preached than practiced.

Permaculture offers a simple, secular framework of ethics that can guide us: ‘Care for the earth’, ‘Care for the people’, and ‘Care for the Future’, which implies the imperatives to return surpluses into the system, limit consumption and take no more than your fair share.  READ MORE…

“The role of religion and spirituality [in environmental activism] is to hold up the values that go beyond the value of profit and the value of somebody winning and somebody losing, to say…there are things that are more important than money or gain,” Starhawk said. “The value of generosity, the value of putting the good of the community and the good of the whole before your own personal gain — those are things that every religion at its core has always stood for.”

STORY: Permaculture: Sustainable Antidote to Agribusiness and Consumer Culture

Starhawk, SoCal 350 Climate Action Coalition, Los AngelesStarhawk 2014 Los Angeles Climate Workshop & Winter’s Dream Ritual

“Climate Justice ~ Visionary Action”

In the midst of ecological and social meltdowns, how do we stay grounded and hopeful? Today’s threats are also powerful opportunities to create a new world rooted in community and ecological balance. What’s needed? Courage, vision, and support to imagine a different way… In this workshop, we’ll learn personal tools to manage stress and prevent burnout as we nourish our creativity. We’ll also learn strategies for setting goals and priorities, and practice the interpersonal skills that build resilient communities. Join us to recharge and renew as we come together to heal our world!

“Winter’s Dream Spiral Dance”

After the workshop & a delicious organic meal, we will anticipate the longest night of the year with a Winter’s Dream ritual & Spiral Dance led by Starhawk & Reclaiming LA. Join us in sacred space as we dance the spiral, celebrate community, & rebirth ourselves and our world. In support of those in recovery, this ritual is drug/alcohol free.

Sunday, December 7, 2014
12:00pm – 7:00pm (workshop at 12:30pm)

Fais Do Do Ballroom
5257 W. Adams Blvd, LA, 90016


Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern Goddessstarhawk religion and earth-based spirituality. She has authored or coauthored twelve books, including the classic The Spiral Dance and The Fifth Sacred Thing, now in development as a feature film. A veteran of progressive movements, and deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism, Starhawk directs and teaches Earth Activist Trainings, which combine a Permaculture design certificate course with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism.


Reclaiming LA is a community of women and men in the greater Los Angeles area who celebrate earth-based spirituality in support of justice in all its forms – environmental, social, political, racial, gender, and economic.


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  1. Daniel Ferra

    We need a National Feed in Tariff, this petition starts in California.

    California currently has a Feed in Tariff that does not allow home owners to participate in the State mandated goal of 33% renewable energy by 2020.

    California also does not allow the homeowner to oversize their R.E systems, as of now, your local utility has allowed only 80% homeowner generation from your R.E system.

    California has 2 different Energy policies Net-metering and a Feed in Tariff.

    Net metering the energy policy for homeowners, allow you to bank excess electricity from R.E systems for future credits. The credits you accumulate
    are at the retail rate, and are reviewed at the end of the year. It will be written off with a thank you from the utility and no payment to the homeowner for producing more than what you use.

    Net metering has allowed third party leasing companies to replace one utility with another.

    A California Residential Feed in Tariff would allow homeowners to sell their R.E to the utility, protecting our communities from Poison Water, Grid Failures, Natural Disasters, Toxic Natural Gas and Oil Fracking. It would also create a new revenue stream for the Hard Working Taxpaying, Voting, Homeowner.

    “Examples of Net-metering slow down Renewable Energies:
    1. Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPSs) which create de facto caps on the deployment of renewable energies (the Germans do not have any RPSs, their Feed in Tariff has no caps.

    2. Net-metering caps, most states only allow a small percentage of one to two percent of peak load to be net metered.

    3. Third party leasing companies like Solar City, Sun Run, Verango, Sungevity and others fight tooth and nail to protect scarce capacity carve outs (from the States RPSs) so as to bolster their chosen business model.” Bob Tregilus

    No one is fighting for the Hard Working, Taxpaying, Voting, Homeowner, we can change that with a Ca. Residential Feed in Tariff Energy policy that allows everyone to participate. Homeowner’s, Small and Large Businesses, Small and Large farmers, and Industries, have the right to sell Renewable Energy electricity back to the utility.

    We need sustainable and successful energy solutions now and a Residential and Commercial Feed in Tariff is sustainable and will help ensure our survival.

    Vote Solar Initiative is a Sierra Club and Solar Leasing Companies platform to ensure that One Utility will take the place of Another through the continued use of Net Metering.

    We need a Policy that will enable Hard Working, Voting, Tax Paying Citizens, get a chance to participate in the States goal of 33% Renewable Energy by 2020 through a California Residential Feed in Tariff.

    California, there is enough Residential Solar to power 2.25 San Onofres, couple that with a Commercial Feed in Tariff and we can solve some of these environmental and electrical generating problems.

    This petition will ask the California Regulators and Law makers to allocate Renewable Portfolio Standards to Ca. Home Owners for a Residential Feed in Tariff, the RPS is the allocation method that is used to set aside a certain percentage of electrical generation for Renewable Energy in the the State.

    Sign And Share this petition for a California Residential Feed in Tariff.

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