August 2009 Journal

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August, 2009
Upcoming Events

Aug 28 - 
The Rising Tide Tour's final day in Halifax, NS

Sept 1 - Great Lakes Tour fires up their engines in Ottawa, ON

Sept 26 - Book-making, Otesha Office, Ottawa, ON @ 12:30

Rising Tide Tour - on the Move! 

The Otesha Project's first one-month, learning-focused tour, recently set out from Moncton, New Brunswick. They've been farm working - pulp mill visiting - humanuring - yurt living - local food eating - performing - biking UP A STORM!

One tour member, Maeda Welch arrived believing that knowledge concerning the current world situation was important,  "too much can be paralyzing, but just enough can be perfectly infuriating to spark and motivate into positive action!!"
We certainly hope that they have been sparked to action - the team has experienced challenges on the trip that could not have been foreseen, including water shortages in the midst of the hottest days of the summer, and Hurricane Bill's brush with the east coast.

"Many of us had never experienced water shortages, and come from areas where safe tap water is considered a right and not a privilege," wrote team member Karen McCallum of Ontario. She added that the team now has a "...renewed appreciation for accessible clean drinking water". Read more about their journey through their notes from the road.

Hurricane Bill has moved on, and the happy & healthy team is currently wrapping up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. No doubt they're soaking in the free tap water, and the learning experiences of a lifetime

Sharing Knowledge & Reusable Inspiration

We're staying busy at the office, spreading Otesha's hope-full message through presentations and workshops. On July 31st Jen Valberg gave the Keynote speech at the Eco Pulse youth environmental conference. Read more about it here.
Eco Pulse Conference organizers decided to walk their talk and make their own bags to hand out to attendees - instead of using new materials, they re-used old t-shirts!
We were super impressed - you may be able to tell by our expressions? - the bags were beautiful and full of re-usable JOY!
You can learn how to make your own t-shirt bag here.

Great Lakes 2009 Tour Kick-Off

Join us for an evening of celebration as Otesha's fall tour hits the road! Meet the latest crew of cyclists and witness their very first performance of Otesha's new play: Reason to Dream, before they head out to inspire audiences across Ontario.

Monday September 7th, 2009 at 7:00pm
St. Paul's University Amphitheater - 233 Main St. Ottawa

The show is free and all are welcome! For more info, contact
Check out these newest members of the Otesha family through their bios online.  Keep up with them through their notes from the road.

Volunteering for Sustainability

We can never thank our volunteers enough. Folks who pop by for an afternoon, those who come in once a week, tour members that dedicate a few months of their lives to the journey, The Otesha Project could not be possible without You!
You give us, as we all give each other, the inspiration and strength to keep on going in the face of computer crashes, flat tires & convincing media. Here, in our very first Volunteer Spotlight, we get to know one individual who has made a remarkable contribution to The Otesha Project this summer.
Tamar was once upon a time a founding member of her high school Triple H team.  They trained at the O'Jam in February and then rocked out all spring giving performances all over Ottawa. Tamar will make you smile when she tells you about how she  often makes her own clothes.
At the beginning of the summer Tamar wandered into the Otesha office, and KABAM!  She created a pile of  homemade books taller than she, and hunted down several pannier-loads of donated food for our upcoming GLT training week.   Thank you, Tamar!

Watery Website of the Month

Ready for a refreshing break from the summer heat? Dive into Waterlife, a National Film Board website telling the interactive story of the last great supply of fresh drinking water on Earth.
Find it here:

Postcard of the month

After every Otesha presentation, we invite our audience members to change the world by committing to one new hopeful action. Each individual receives a postcard, writes the action on the back, and if they complete the action, they mail it in to our office. We now have thousands of postcards from across Canada, and they are our proof that we are building a movement. Here's one of our favourites from this month:

I will go BIKING 
(imagine hand-drawn super cute pick of Colten riding one wicked tall bike here)

- Colten, age 5, Salt Spring Island