Earthbound is in Morocco for the COP22 and the COY12! But, what does that really mean? What are the COP and COY? Important COPs The COP (conference of parties) is a UN climate change summit. Countries that are in the UN meet together and try to come to an agreement regarding climate change. The number … Continue reading What is the COP, Anyway?
Spread out on the floor in the green zone of the COP22 there is a big piece of white canvas. On it there are messages and art put there by the people attending the COP22. There is a big crowed of people waiting for markers so that they can leave their mark on the enormous … Continue reading Let Us Say Something
On Saturday, the whole group took a walk to the nearby olive mill, where we were able to see olive oil being made from the olives we helped to harvest. This mill serves the whole community, and people pay to use it in olive oil, which is then sold on site. Stacks of olive … Continue reading A Mill and a Half
Over one shoulder was the black strap to my purple and bestickered violin case and over the other shoulder was the strap to my small backpack full of notebooks and pens for taking notes. Around me were the small, old, stone houses of Molyvos, Lesvos that give the town a feeling of a benevolent grandparent … Continue reading Needles are Our Stage
In the old Olympic basketball stadium in Athens is a vast warehouse where donations for refugees are sorted by volunteers in a less than glamorous job. They make sure that the right supplies reach the right camps and the right time - a task that is incredibly overwhelming. There are boxes stacked to the roof … Continue reading Boxes Packed with Purpose
Before humans knew that the Earth was round, gravity existed, or that we were not the center of the universe, the rainforests of the world regulated global weather patterns and provided oxygen for us to breathe. They housed the most biodiverse ecosystems: unique places where life thrives in abundance - and they still do to … Continue reading Saving Systems
This is a love letter. A letter to every person that I have played music with, from teachers, students and peers. You have helped me develop a love of music that I can take with me from country to country. And, I have taken that love of music with me to Lombok, Indonesia. We were … Continue reading Music as a Means of Connection
On Earthbound I was asked to put down on paper what type of culture that I wanted to cultivate. At first I thought that this would be a simple enough exercise in coming up with a few different ways of “be nice and also try to get a lot out of Earthbound”. There were, of … Continue reading Collecting Cultures