…a piece about balance, the lack thereof, and some things we can do about it.

I could wax eloquent about Fall, and Equinox — that delicious time of year when the light equals the dark.  This year the moon is rising splendidly opposite the setting sun.

How glorious our world is at this time, and how much we have to celebrate.

In this piece, however,  I want to focus on some areas that are out of balance, and a group of young people who are devoting their great talents and energy to tackle some of the issues.

The Jellyfish Project  is an exciting educational enterprise created by a passionate and dedicated group of musicians: Mindl Beach Markets.  They have created something really remarkable.  I was dazzled when I first heard about them, and the more I learn, the more impressed I am.

Here’s a paragraph from their website which outlines the project:

The Jellyfish Project is an educational initiative focused on generating awareness among youth about the declining health of our world’s oceans and our environment at large. Through the power of music and live performance, students are engaged into the environmental conversation and are given information on how to become active participants in the sustainability movement.

If you go to the Jellyfish Project site, an informative short video will launch automatically.  Or you can watch it here. The Jellyfish Project Promo video.  You can support their valuyable and groundbreaking work here.

The oceans are in BIG trouble…wildly out of balance.  Nearly all large fish are decimated, coral reefs are dying, jellyfish are blooming and taking over.  And as go the oceans, so go we.  To learn more about what’s happening, and how the jellyfish are involved, have a look at this book review, recently posted in the New York Review of Books: Stung: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean.  It is sobering and scary — and important to know the link between our behaviors here on land and what’s happening in the oceans.

I hope you will resolve to do what you can to spread this information, and to take actions yourself.  What can you do?

•   I urge you to consider donating to The Jellyfish Project.  The group has touched thousands of young people in Canada with their urgent message, and has ambitious plans to reach out to many more, soon to expand into the United States.  It would be wonderful if you could support their work.  They are inspiring and engaging young people to get involved.

•   Because climate change is a major factor affecting the health and condition of our oceans, here’s a list of 25 Things You Can Do at home and in your life — assembled by Laurie David, the producer of Al Gore’s Climate Change classic, An Inconvenient Truth.

•  There are many links in this post.  Check them out and pass them on!  🙂

As always, your comments and questions are welcome and your actions are urgently needed!

Jill Schroder is the author of BECOMING: Journeying Toward Authenticity.  BECOMING is an invitation for self-reflection, and to mine our memorable moments for insights, meaning, and growth.  Check the website for a sample chapter, or see the reviews to get a flavor for the volume.  Follow me on Twitter, let’s be friends on Facebook :-)

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