Paul Schaafsma brings a huge heart, probing intellect, and great passion for change to all his work. He initiated the #Amazon4Amazon and #ClimateJustice4Africa campaigns, and offers presentations based on his expertise in the work Hannah Arendt and his experiences in the redwoods of Northern California.
Novasutras ecospiritual practices help us to be resilient and effective, even in the most difficult and turbulent times. We focus on education, idea incubation, community- and capacity-building, nonviolent direct action campaigns, and supporting the efforts of changemakers around the world.
“Our leaders are not taking climate action seriously but we can’t give up. As I live in the Congo where we don’t have peace, sometimes activists are targeted and I must go slowly.” – Remy Zahiga
The climate crisis and global biodiversity loss require us to reconnect with the sacred, living Earth and with one another in more powerful ways. We may grow to understand the ways that life on Earth seeks to become allied with us, and find ways to act in better partnership. We can unite with that awesome power that gives us life to protect and restore its vitality in joyful co-creation.
Links to latest news articles on child hardship, including hunger, COVID-19 and family evictions in the US, related to the investigations of Paul Schaafsma and the Child Hardship Fact Force.
Levels of child hardship – hunger and housing insecurity – associated with the Covid pandemic are being under-reported. Novasutras Uplifters in the Child Hardship Fact Force are assembling information to help organizations in the United States come together and prevent the impending tragedies of eviction, hunger and homelessness that threaten millions of children. Paul Schaafsma has investigated levels of child food and housing insecurity associated with (but not caused by) the pandemic, as revealed in the Census Bureau’s “Household Pulse Survey,” conducted at regular intervals since April of last year. Paul has also looked at the recent Covid Relief Bill, to realistically assess how much difference it will make for millions of children who are most in need. These updates will be discussed in the Child Hardship Fact Force meeting this Tuesday.
Novasutras supports serious climate solutions, particularly where they otherwise benefit people and ecosystems around the world.
By mid-winter, an estimated 8.6 million American children could be evicted from their homes—living in cars, on couches, on the street, or in shelters, most hungry—with no Internet for school, at risk of freezing, molestation, abuse, family breakdown or being taken by the state—and their family members twice as likely to get COVID-19 and 5 times as likely to die of it as they would if in their own homes. We are assembling information to help organizations in the United States come together and prevent this impending tragedy that threatens millions of children.