I’ve been doing some creative work for the Otesha Project, and the opportune moment has come for me to write about this great organization.
The Otesha Project is an organization that runs bike tours across Canada, the members of which stop at schools and libraries to educate students and the masses about sustainable living. They are students and young people themselves, so their presentations strike home with the age group. The bike tour teams live sustainably while preaching sustainability, which is admirable by age-old standards (namely the proverb “practice what you preach”). They educate with art, which is another praiseworthy practice—and one relevant to Real Life Artist.
I recently edited Otesha’s book, Reason to Dream, and illustrated the poster (shown above) for Otesha’s play, also called “Reason to Dream”.
This is some of what it says on Otesha’s “about” page:
The Otesha Project is a youth led charitable organization that mobilizes and equips Canadians to create local and global change through individual and collective choices. Our vision is to see sustainable consumption and lifestyle choices enter the mainstream of Canadian culture.
The project is founded on the idea that every individual has the power to make choices that affect that world. The idea that step by step, choice by choice, we can build a more sustainable future by building community, making conscious lifestyle choices and reducing consumption.
The Otesha Project’s education programs use theatre, experiential activities, and storytelling to engage a wide range of audiences.
Theatre is an effective platform for educating, inspiring, and motivating. As ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said in the early years of the 20th century, “the stage will be the pulpit of the future”(source)—and the future is now.
You can get involved in Otesha in many ways (by applying to participate as a member of the bike tours, by getting involved in high school groups, by donating). You can probably also ask them to perform their play or do a presentation at your school, public location or event (I don’t know their policies on this, but I’m sure they’d love to be approached). If you’re interested, I suggest you begin with their website.