As Green Initiatives moves to a brand new year, we have started a new project to continue to raise awareness on sustainable living, with a slightly different approach. Our goal for this new campaign is to invite an inspiring writer from the United States to share his thoughts on minimal, sustainable living with the local, urban community in China through fundraising.
The book discusses the life and teachings of ten Japanese individuals, whose way of life points humanity in a direction of greater sustainability and satisfaction. Couturier inspires with the message to seek an abundance in well-being and self-sufficiency to grow out of the loop of materialism in our industrial economies.
News about the ecological crisis, a crisis of how we manage natural resources, are rampant. Many serious scientists tell us that we have at most 20 years to go until we hit a point of no return, after which our planet’s climate will be lastingly changed beyond recognition. Despite this evidence most of us continue their lives as if there is nothing to lose.
"We get too busy. It’s a fact. Part of the reason is the nature of our grasping minds. But some of the blame surely can be attributed to the way society rushes our days. We get carried along with the dominant way of thinking without even meaning to, and get distracted from the things we care most deeply about."
Most of us continue although they are in the midst of yet another crisis, a crisis of human resources. Eight out of ten people are unhappy in their jobs; burn out, use and abuse of pain killers and psycho-pharmaceuticals is wide spread, and suicide statistics are globally on the rise. Could a return to small scale self-sufficient agriculture and artisan craftsmanship provide a solution?
Green Initiatives is running a crowdfunding campaign to create a platform to engage the China community with Couturier, by facilitating a three-week tour to major Chinese cities including Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Beijing during the late Spring 2018. We will host moderated book readings and podium discussions in cooperation with resident environmental activists.
Join us and let’s discuss beyond the boundaries of short-term satisfaction which drives us today.
Together, lets commit to this project! We have calculated a required budget of approximately ¥100,700 CNY ($15,000 USD) for expenses such as travel, accommodation, translation, and event organization for the total duration of 25 days.
Green Initiatives operates as nonprofit and we will provide complete transparency of all project income and expenses on our website.
How to Participate
Contributions can be made through Indiegogo, a crowdfunding page, or Yoopay, an alternative for local contributors in China.