Over the past two months, much attention has been paid to the Occupy Wall Street protests, and their political and economical goals. But some would argue these aren’t the most inspirational events to come out of the OWS movement.
Last week, Care2 brought you the story of Times Up! which is working to bring bike powered generators to the Occupation at Zuccotti Park in New York City. The occupiers had gas-powered generators, but they were confiscated by the city. Through pedal power, Occupiers can charge their phones, access the internet, and stay warm through the cold winter nights.
We also told you about the OWS Sustainability Working Group, which has helped establish a guerrilla gardening and composting project at the park, further erasing the Occupation’s ecological footprint.
Now, One Pack Productions and Seismologik Media (the folks behind the amazing video in the guerrilla gardening post) have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help them showcase some of the amazing people who are taking action to be the change they wish to see in the world.
Over the course of the coming weeks, we will create a series of short films which will focus primarily on sustainability topics such as: alternative energy, bike power, recycling, composting, farming+food, localization, creative reuse, alternative economic models, urban gardening, bee keeping, natural building, greywater systems, and biodiversity.
We want to bring you the knowledge and the stories of many human beings, who are deeply committed to people care, planet care, and fair share.
These films will be made available to the public on an open source website currently in development. At this critical stage of our process, we are crucially in need of equipment, server space, and the means to bring aboard a few good people to help us continue our work for as long as these occupations thrive.
Take a look at the partnership’s second film about permaculture efforts at Occupy Wall Street below:
Occupy Wall Street is about more than just politics and a broken financial system. As Shareable writer Alpha Lo put it recently, OWS protesters are ”modeling a possible socio-economic-political paradigm for how society can run. It is a model the whole world is beginning to watch. For those who come and participate in it, its a learning experience, a training in this new paradigm.”