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Walking & Riding for Teaspoons of Change & the Global Goals in 2018

It’s been a while to get on this blog but nice to be back here.

I’m off again ready for another trip! My last proper trip was back in 2014 when I walked 1000km and cycled 1500km in Japan to think about and launch the concept of Teaspoons of Change.

This next trip is going to be very special as I will be sharing with my co-pilot in life and organisation of Teaspoons of Change, Serafina! We won’t be technically living on $2 a day for this trip but we don’t live on much more than that anyway living in our Happy-simply 30m² apartment in Adelaide 🙂

This trip is 1000km, 17 Global Goals, 2 people, 0 emissions and LOTS of Teaspoons of Change!

I will be walking, Serafina riding, and going from Adelaide to Mt Gambier and back again in South Australia in September…

See more details below and get in touch if we can swing past your town on the way or follow us online on the Teaspoons of Change Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/teaspoonsofchange !!!

SA Walk

Simplicity and Humility

Day 3 of my 2013 Live Below the Line experience… 🙂

Happy Simply – a sustainable lifestyle model & education project

One of the amazing things about Live Below the Line is the incredible sense of humility I get from it each and every time…

I would have thought by now having done an accumulative period of around 12 weeks of Live Below the Line over the years I would be expecting it or used to it but this time, just like the rest, has me full of mercy, resolve and lover of life and humanity.

Again for me it is the incredibly awe and appreciation of simplicity I get from Living Below the Line. It is a week where I eat better, walk more and have a greater appreciation of the simple and available things in like (obviously not being things!).

The other wonderful side-effect of LBL is the resolve of being a more active and effective global citizen. While I get the appreciation of simplicity for the week…

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Simplicity and Live Below the Line

My 2013 LBL living has kicked off and this year with new and invigorated perspectives into simplicity and self-sufficiency!

Happy Simply – a sustainable lifestyle model & education project

 

Live Below the Line is a campaign started by a couple of good friends of mine a few years ago to give people perspectives into the lives of people who live on less than what you can buy in the US for $1.25 or less / day (the World Bank definition for extreme poverty).

In the past couple of years I have done it for a few weeks or longer than the official 5 days. For example this time last year I did it for 5 weeks while cycling 1000 miles from Portland, Oregon to Whistler, Canada – http://lunnyLBTL.wordpress.com LBL 2012

This year I am only doing it for the official 5 days as I am back in my birth place of South Australia and staying with my mum who gets concerned (and read here annoying) if she can’t over feed me! Plus I just found out from July to December this year I…

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Bicycle Touring – with or without a cause Workshops – Wellington and Melbourne

Want inspiration, interaction, involvement, and insanely good calves?

Have been off the airwaves of this blog for a while but it is leading up to Live Below the Line time of the year again and I am also giving a couple of workshops on ‘Bicycle Touring – with or without a cause in Wellington and Melbourne in the near future…

I will be running the cycle touring workshop in Wellington next Monday (25 March) and then again in Melbourne Monday 8 April.

Info for Wellington workshop with Chalkle (a great learning program based in Wellington) on Monday 25 March, 6-7pm, 18 Allen St, RSVP and more info please see Chalkle and the page here: http://www.meetup.com/sixdegrees/events/109330862/

Chalkle Happy, simply. workshopI’m also giving a workshop on my Happy, simply lifestyle model and education project on the same night from 7.30-8.30pm, if anyone is keen.

And the details for the workshop in Melbourne with Laneways Learning on Monday 8 April, 8 – 9:15pm, Ferdydurke: 2/239 Lonsdale St, RSVP and more info see Laneways Learning and the page here: http://www.lanewaylearning.com/2013/03/13/bicycle-touring/

Laneways Learning Happy, simply. workshopI’m also giving a Happy, simply – lifestyle model and education project workshop there as well on the same night 6.15-7.30pm!

Seeya there?

Happy, simply.

d’Arcy.

What, When, Where, How and What (a bit more)

I have updated the order of this post so it is shown at the top for a workshop I will be giving in Melbourne on bicycle touring with or without a cause: http://www.lanewaylearning.com/2013/03/13/bicycle-touring/

Hope to see you at the workshop and here is an earlier post of this blog when I was setting up for the ride and campaign…

This is an attempt at putting together all the aspects, logistics and details of my trip with a small plea for action in HOW…

WHAT: The gist of what I am doing in North America on a bike in April:

  • Riding a bike from Portland, Oregon to Whistler, British Colombia and back in April and the first week of May
  • Presenting for the Global Poverty Project and the wonderful 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation
  • Doing it eating on less than US$1.50/day (extreme poverty line) promoting the Live Below the Line campaign
  • WHY? To see more people engaged with the movement to see an end to extreme poverty and ultimately see those who live in extreme poverty have greater access to basic needs and opportunities
  • By bicycle there is also a strong environmental, health, sustainability and simplicity message

Doing what I love

WHEN & WHERE – Tour Itinerary and Map http://g.co/maps/94qsa

DATE PLACE LOGISTICS
Thurs 5 Apr Portland,OR Arrive Portland 10.55pm
Fri 6 Portland,OR Set up and Presentation opportunity!
Sat 7 Portland,OR Presentation opportunity!
Sun 8 Portland,OR Presentation opportunity!
Mon 9 Portland,OR Presentation opportunity!
Tues 10 Kelso,WA Portland+ 90km →Kelso,WA via Longview City. Pres opportunity!
Wed 11 Grand Mound, WA Kelso,WA+ 90km → Grand Mound, WA. Presentation opportunity!
Thurs 12 Kamilche,WA Grand Mound + 55km →Kamilche,WA via Olympia Pres opportunity!
Fri 13 ??? Kamilche,WA+ …km → ? on way to Port Angeles 170km away
Sat 14 Port Angeles,WA Continue of journey to Port Angeles
Sun 15 Victoria,BC Ferry to Victoria. Presentation opportunity in evening inVictoria!
Mon 16 Victoria,BC Presentation opportunity!
Tues 17 Vancouver,BC Presentation opportunity! Victoria+ 35km to ferry from Swartz Bay and ferry. Tsawwassen + 55km toVancouver.
Wed 18 Vancouver,BC Presentation opportunity!
Thurs 19 Vancouver,BC Presentation opportunity!
Fri 20 Squamish,BC Vancouver+ 70km → Squamish. Presentation opportunity!
Sat 21 Whistler, BC Squamish + 60km → Whistler. Presentation opportunity!
Sun 22 Whistler, BC Presentation opportunity!
Mon 23 Whistler, BC Presentation opportunity!
Tues 24 Squamish,BC Whistler + 60km → Squamish. Presentation opportunity!
Wed 25 Vancouver,BC Squamish + 70km →Vancouver. Presentation opportunity!
Thurs 26 Vancouver,BC Presentation opportunity!
Fri 27 Vancouver,BC Presentation opportunity!
Sat 28 Vancouver,BC Presentation opportunity!
Sun 29 Bellingham,WA Vancouver+ 90km →Bellingham. Presentation opportunity!
Mon 30 Arlington,WA Bellingham+ 85km →Arlington. Presentation opportunity!
Tues 1 May Seattle,WA Arlington+ 95km →Seattle. Presentation opportunity!
Wed 2 Seattle,WA Presentation opportunity!
Thurs 3 Seattle,WA Presentation opportunity!
Fri 4 Portland,OR Train back to Portland to return bike, trailer and get organised for LBL
Sat/Sun 5/6 Portland & beyond? Make way to Calgary, Chicago or New York?
7-11 May Live Below the Line Where best to be for week of Live Below the Line?
3rd wk May Chicago? Europe Chicago 14 May for G8? Tour End – Depart for Europe

HOW I need some bonus support to make it happen in the best way possible

I do have a backup to all of these and I’m very self-sufficient but all my trips are done as a full-time volunteer. I have been volunteering for the past seven months and will be for the rest of the year in various education and advocacy work so anything will be a bonus!

To help me make this as successful as possible (and not just for my own endurance and fun!) I have a two simple asks:

  • For your support, suggestions and to pass my trip details on to others
  • Any possible in-kind help, support or sponsorship
    • In particular I need (borrowing best) for a month starting and finishing in Portland:
      • Bicycle, trailer (preferred) or panniers (for bicycle touring) and various bike bits
      • Network of hosts for presentations and maybe accommodation

In return I will:

  • Attract media where possible – particularly local media
  • Have room to represent appropriate sponsors on items and in the presentation
  • Be advocating on global, environmental and social justice and can add to the good work of others
  • Promise to return items as needed or replace, as hopefully not needed!
  • Happily present to your community or group of interested people

In particular and in the past the best kind of support usually comes from organisations and business like yourselves and:

  • Aid and development agencies
  • Education and youth sectors, especially global awareness groups
  • Cycling, environmental, transport and sustainability advocacy groups
  • Community groups and associations such as: schools, Rotary, environment groups, faith groups and even something like Scouts, fire-fighters, hospitals, councils and others!

WHAT else do you need to know?

Before Today – My Background and My Hopes for this Tour

My global education journey started as a teacher in a remote Aboriginal school in the desert of South Australia. Since then I’ve spent the past 11 years teaching, volunteering and learning in over 50 countries.

With these amazing rich learning experiences I mix information with inspiration and shared them with audiences in developed countries. Using my own personal stories and the Global Poverty Project’s 1.4 Billion Reasons interactive multimedia presentation we encourage people to go from knowing about the topics and issues on extreme poverty and the environment to taking action on them.

I have been a key member of the Global Poverty Project since the first 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation on 4 July 2009 in Melbourne, have delivered over 100 GPP presentations and initiated and managed the youth and schools program in Australia.

My previous presentation cycling trips include South Australia (2007), New Zealand (2009) and the East Coast of Australia (2009). Each with their unique blend of global and environmental awareness.

I am extremely passionate and excited for my first presentation cycling tour in the US and Canadato give your youth and communities an opportunity to experience a GPP 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation, to promote the Live Below the Line campaign in May and showcase environmental awareness and healthy lifestyles.

The Global Poverty Project

Our aim is not to fundraise or create resources, rather the Global Poverty Project seeks to inspire people to actively engage with the movement to end extreme poverty. The Global Poverty Project connects people with the organisations, initiatives, resources and actions that are already happening.

The 1.4 Billion Reasons Presentation and Engagement with Social Justice Issues

The strength of the presentation is to provide context and catalyse comprehensive learning and engagement with global issues. Through our partnerships and working relationships we can connect audiences, teachers and leaders to organisations working specifically on a range of social justice issues. We connect you with learning guides, campaign actions, and a network of active citizens that can help facilitate a pathway of learning and engagement.

Live Below the Line

My other focus will be to explain and inspire people to take on the Live Below the Line challenge of living on US$1.50 for food each day, for five days. Live Below the Line is a GPP initiative and was first run in North America last year. I will be doing the WHOLE cycle tour Living Below the Line. I hope to engage more people with this incredible campaign which will run again from May 7-11 this year.

For more information please go to:

Happy, simply. poster & concept launch

In a way to try and Live Below the Line full-time or at least within that ethos I have come up with Happy, simply. – a lifestyle model and education project. See the info and poster below and my other blog dedicated to this – http://happysimply.wordpress.com/

Will have a little more info like a timeline on having this happen but for now the POSTER!!!

Hopefully this give you all a bit of a visual and conceptual idea of how one person can live happy, simply. The model is there and idea free to spread…

Got semi-regular blogs firing up on my other blog site around all things development, simplistic and strange… this one a transit day spent in Doha!

Living Geography with d'Arcy

Some days you just never know what is going to happen…

Arriving at Doha, Qatar this morning at 6am I thought I would head out of the airport, go for a nice long walk and taste a bit of this Middle Eastern country and head back by night and on my way to Pakistan.

Then about 30 minutes upon arrival I was told I couldn’t leave the airport (yuck – 17 hours in an airport!) or have to pay a huge amount to get a visa for the day and limited time to spend on the outside.

That was until I spoke to someone who said – ‘oh you have a delay of more than 16 hours – they will put you up in a hotel, pay for visa and all meals’. Game on.

And that is what happened with a long (very hot and burnt) walk.

There are a…

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Summer of Polio Eradication Across North America…?

Aside

In this one a 6 month update (sorry) and stay tuned to my personal blog which will follow closely my time, learning and work in Pakistan and India for the next 8 weeks – http://lunny06.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/ending_polio_from_canada/  and follow along on further posts here: http://lunny06.wordpress.com

The big one personally for me is the continued love and hope I have for humanity and how we can see an end to polio and then extreme poverty – I don’t say this blindly or without absolute conviction.

What a great summer of people, places, polio pro-action to see a polio-free world for everyone, everywhere, forever! And somehow I get to call this work…?

P.E.A.C.E. d’Arcy.

PS. With the biggest amount of humility and humbleness thank you to everyone who played their part (and beyond)!

For those interested I keep up a ‘normal’ non Live Below the Line blog which is pretty much the same propaganda as my Live Below the Line blog. Follow along or if not keep in touch and I will be blogging again on this site when I do the Aotearoa New Zealand Live Below the Line in September, probably from Tajikistan! Thanks, d’Arcy.

Living Geography with d'Arcy

Wow this was quite the process and I am glad I did when 34 and not 64. Such a beautiful time thinking back on the memories and people over the years – really amazing and I encourage anyone to do the same…

A little look back as I always like to do on this day but this time back as far as I can remember.

0. Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide – being born

Don’t remember that one so much but from all accounts it was pretty traumatic for both myself and mum, almost killing us both at different stages. I have been told I was without oxygen for a long period of time (which probably explains a lot!)

1. Minlaton, South Australia – crawling about

Again no too many memories of this one… Fairly sure I was just being one and hanging out in Minlaton having just moved there from…

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So where to and what for from here…?

Hey folks so from one campaign to another with huge enthusiasm and same passions…

Live Below the Line to The End of Polio 

The thing I love about all this is that the subject is different but for the objective is still the same. For me that is to be a representative to the people I have learnt so much from in developing countries and see them be able to have access and opportunity to basic choices in life – not between hungry or healthy; simple vaccine or nothing; work or education, etc…

So till September when I will be doing the New Zealand Live Below the Line (they run their campaign later in the year) maybe from Tajikistan…

Thank you for reading, following, commenting and hopefully learning a little and please see below what I am doing for The End of Polio across Canada this summer and would be great to see you as I head around! http://www.theendofpolio.com

Also touring for The End of Polio in Canada will be Ramesh Ferris in August!

We have an opportunity for you to engage with the movement to see The End of Polio – for everyone… forever…

I am writing on behalf of the Global Poverty Project and The End of Polio campaign to join us in our Canadian Summer Tour advocating for the global eradication of polio.

From May to September, well-known polio advocate, Ramesh Ferris, and I will be touring Canada in an effort to build public and political support for polio eradication (see below email for tour dates and attached for more info). Throughout the tour, we will be: engaging the public, meeting with government, and giving polio presentations on successes and what is still required for a polio-free world.

While a global partnership – the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) – has succeeded in reducing polio by 99%, a funding shortfall of almost US$1 billion currently threatens efforts to eradicate the final 1%.

So we’re building Canadian public support and asking the Government to lead on action for a polio-free world at the United Nations General Assembly in September.

We could really use your voice and advocacy to maximise our impact during the tour. If you would like to join us in taking action and leading to see The End of Polio you can:

  • Host a polio presentation at a Rotary club, business, university, school, church, community group, friends or any group interested – see here for more information
  • Connect me with Government and community leaders, Rotary / Rotaract members or anyone to help swell the Canadian supporting of a world without polio (forever)!

I hope to hear from you soon and am keen to follow up with any opportunities and actions you might like to take. Please pass this email onto others you think would be interested and I also have a simpler email and call to action on polio if you want.

Many Thanks

d’Arcy

P: 418-261-6342
E: darcy@globalpovertyproject.com
W: The End of Polio:http://www.theendofpolio.com Global Poverty Project: http://www.globalpovertyprojecy.com

The End of Polio

Global efforts have delivered incredible progress – a 99% reduction since 1988, immunising more than 2 billion children and preventing more than 5 million children from lifelong paralysis or death. In January, the world reached a milestone in the fight to eradicate polio – 12 months without a case of polio in India.

But progress towards eradication is at risk with a funding gap of almost US$1 billion for 2012/13 – threatening international efforts for a polio-free world.

That’s why The End of Polio campaign is working with partners such as Rotary International, governments and the broader community, to make the end of polio a reality.

The Global Poverty Project

The End of Polio campaign is run by the Global Poverty Project. Launched at the UN in 2008, the Global Poverty Project is an innovative and dynamic public education and campaigning organisation. We are committed to increasing the number and effectiveness of individuals taking action against extreme poverty; and provide everyday people with simple, yet effective ways to learn more and take action.

The End of Polio Canadian Summer Tour

d’Arcy Lunn, one of the Global Poverty Project’s keynote presenters, will be touring Canada from May to July this summer – to be followed by polio survivor and advocate, Ramesh Ferris in August. Along the way, they will be engaging the public, meeting with government, and giving public presentations on the remarkable history of polio and the current global effort to eradicate the first human disease since smallpox – forever! Click here to see more about the presentation and we also have a polio specific presentation.

Tour Dates

May 24-30; Quebec
May 30-June 3 Montreal
June 3-10 Ottawa
June 10-14; July 10-19 Toronto
June 17-26 Edmonton / Calgary
June 27-July 10 Kamloops / Vancouver / Squamish / Whistler / Victoria
July 20-24 Washington DC and New York – End Tour d’Arcy
August Ramesh tour Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa
18-25 September UN General Assembly, New York

All the detailed information around The End of Polio is on our website: http://www.theendofpolio.com

Informing and empowering people to know about and take action on – the global eradication of polio!