“Only that day dawns to which we are awake.” (Thoreau)
SolaVida is a non-profit organization whose mission is to draw new constituencies into the crucial push for a deeper and faster response to the challenges of global warming. Given the scope of this change to our shared environment, we need far more action by far more people. The most vulnerable communities on the planet are hit first and hardest. Their voices in particular can no longer be ignored.
A key piece of the puzzle is the creation of messages and enabling actions that motivate people to become part of the solution. But, not all people with one monolithic approach. Instead, SolaVida’s focus is to work within and around specific communities, tailoring the approach to the unique interests and perspectives of each group.
The Gates of Hope (Victoria Safford)
Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of Hope
Not the prudent gates of Optimism
Which are somewhat narrower.
Not the stalwart, boring gates of Common Sense;
Nor the strident gate of Self-Righteousness,
Which creak on shrill and angry hinges
(People cannot hear us there; they cannot pass through)
Nor the cheerful, flimsy garden gate of “Everything is gonna’ be all right.”
But a different, sometimes lonely place,
The place of truth-telling, About your own soul first of all and its condition.
The place of resistance and defiance,
The piece of ground from which you see the world
Both as it is and as it could be As it will be;
The place from which you glimpse not only the struggle,
But the Joy of the struggle.
And we stand there, beckoning and calling,
Telling people what we are seeing,
Asking people what they see.