Another perspective on travelling

Would you be willing to take the train or carpool to the Enchanted Circle retreat?

Would you be willing to take the train or carpool to the Enchanted Circle retreat?

 

The Enchanted Circle is based on a commitment to being socially and environmentally responsible. We believe that the exploration of vocal and body improvisation and human connection can be facilitated by the establishment of a value framework. As a cultural association, Le Cercle Enchanté works in particular for the protection of nature.

Ideally we would like to see structures, not individuals, become the actors of such an agenda, but we believe very strongly in the power of individual action to create the world we want to live in. The Enchanted Circle, in its small way, is committed to contributing to these bottom-up actions.

Our request to come to the retreat by train or carpool (i.e. without flying and avoiding the private car) stems directly from this commitment.

We are aware that such a request is binding. It requires that some people have to organize more for the trip. More time. More money (but not always). And this demand alone will not change the world as it is. But it can contribute and that’s all that matters to us.

This request is not an obligation. No checks will be made to ensure that you’ve actually taken the train or carpooled. This request is an invitation. If you have come to the point of reading these lines, it is because the Enchanted Circle initiative speaks to you and that you connect with the life force that animates it. Our invitation, if you decide to register for this retreat, is to take care of this life force. Knowing that you are taking the train or carpooling helps us to continue to fuel the fire that inspires The Enchanted Circle.

For those who are coming from overseas: You may not have the choice of flying, but how would it be for you to stay put – we mean on the ground – for a few weeks before heading off to your faraway lands rather than flying back and forth for the duration of this, admittedly enchanted, but still simple retreat?

For those who will follow this dynamic, a carpooling platform will be created in the spring to allow you to find your travelling buddies more easily.

With enchantment,

The Enchanted Circle

If you wish to make a step forward in your approach to individual responsibility and climate change, we heartily recommend that you read the following articles and books:

  • Broome (2012). Climate matters: Ethics in a warming world (Norton global ethics series). WW Norton & Company
  • Hiller (2011). “Climate Change and Individual Responsibility”, The Monist, Vol. 94, No. 3, Morality and Climate Change, p. 349-368
  • Nolt (2011). “How harmful are the average American’s greenhouse gas emissions?”. Ethics, Policy and Environment, 14(1), https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21550085.2011.561584
  • Parncutt (2019). “The Human Cost of Anthropogenic Global Warming: Semi-Quantitative Prediction and the 1,000-Tonne Rule”, Front. Psychol., 2019,https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02323
  • Parfit (1984.) Reasons and Persons, Oxford University Press
  • Sinnot-Armstrong (2005), “It’s Not My Fault: Global Warming and Individual Moral Obligations”, in Perspectives on Climate Change: Science, Economics, Politics, Ethics Advances in the Economics of Environmental Research, vol.5, p. 293–315
  • Vanderheiden (2008). Atmospheric Justice: A Political Theory of Climate Change, Oxford University Press