Friday, September 25, 2015
Refugees: Taking Responsibility
How do we, as individuals, respond, to a crisis so vast that it is overwhelming? The first step is to donate funds to a recognized organization that is directly working with refugees. This will see funds go to providing immediate assistance.
Inform yourself about the reality of the refugee crisis.
The second step is to make sure our communities welcome refugees. The permaculture principles of use and value diversity and integrate rather than segregate can help to design community-based programs that will enable people who have fled danger to feel welcome and provide them with opportunities to become community members, in their own right.
Personally, I like community dinners. Food brings people together to share a common need and pleasure.
On a global scale, work for peace. Begin with yourself. Learn how to resolve both internal and external conflicts in a peaceable manner. The permaculture principle of Apply self-regulation and accept feedback can help here.
Canada: Matching Donations
The UN Refugee Agency