"Hero" From the Auditions for Pacha's Pajamas,
A Story Written by Nature
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From Pacha’s Pajamas:
Pacha was a little girl with big dreams. Her dreams were bigger than the gigantic skyscraper that blocked the sunlight to her classroom. Her dreams were bigger than the biggest elephant at the zoo where her dad worked. She dreamed of dancing hip-hop in front of huge crowds. She imagined upside-down cities where kids made the rules. She dreamed of a school where math was music, with beats instead of numbers.
She used to like to go to the zoo or the local parks but lately she liked to stay inside. These days she was much better at climbing the walls in her parents’ tiny apartment than climbing trees. Nature was great and all, but most of the time she’d choose watching TV over going outside.
One afternoon, when Pacha and her father arrived home from school, she started wheezing and coughing. She was choking on her own breath! Pacha remembered to relax while she breathed deeply on her inhaler. After a couple of scary minutes, she announced, “My breath was running away, but I just caught it!”
Pacha’s parents were relieved. Her mom said, “Life isn’t always easy, but your dreams can carry you through anything.” Then she brought out a colorful pair of pajamas that looked like they were glowing. They were covered with dancing animals, singing plants and shining stars. “I made you something really special. These are magical pajamas!” her mother said lovingly.
“Oooh Mama! They’re as soft as a chinchilla’s belly! I love the way the bears are boogying!” exclaimed Pacha as she giggled and wiggled. She started to remember all of the things she used to love about nature. That evening as Pacha put on her new PJs, she had lots of questions for her father.
“Do plants and trees breathe? And, before people, did animals make the rules? Can I be a dancing girl-rilla in these pajamas?”
He laughed and replied, “If you jump in bed faster than a little cheetah, I’ll tell you a story. Maybe the answers will come to you in your sleep.” Pacha hopped into bed and snuggled into her pillow. Her father had barely started the tale when Pacha drifted off into a magical dream …
It began with a whale meeting a hummingbird … something that doesn’t happen in just any dream …
In many countries there are rules or laws that protect the people but not the environment. Pacha and her friends are big fans of the rights of all nature, including plants, animals, land, water and air because they can’t speak up for themselves. How can you help?
You can help support Nature’s Rights yourself or with a group of friends. This is a great project for your classroom or camp! Read about the Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, and talk about it with friends and family. What can you learn from it? How would the planet look if we all lived by this code? How can you and your family live this way in your life, school, town or community? Can you think of a project you could create that supports this mission?
Write and/or draw a letter to the World Leader or President of your country. Explain why you want your country to live by the rules in “The Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth.” We invite you to use this letter sample to create a letter to your country’s leader.
You can also write letters directly to large companies that create pollution and ask that they act according to the Rights of Nature.*
Create a second letter or make a copy of your World Leader letter. This letter is for the UN General Assembly at the Earth Summit.
If possible, scan your letters and drawings or take a picture of them. Then email your letters and drawings to Letters@RightsofMotherEarth.com.
Collect the letters in two separate envelopes. Include one copy of the original “Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth” and one copy of your letter (and/or pictures) in each envelope.
Mail the envelopes to the following two places by April 15, 2012:
Your Country’s President or World Leader
The following address in Switzerland:
Rights Of Mother Earth, PO Box 88
6317 Oberwil b. Zug, Switzerland
This copy will be delivered by a Delegation of Youth to the UN General Assembly at the Earth Summit 2012.
Be part of the online broadcast of the Earth Summit 2012/Rio+20, either by joining a “Mini-Earth Summit” gathering or by organizing one yourself. This way you can be part of the historical moment when the letters are delivered to the UN General Assembly. It will be a joyous celebration.
* We encourage you to use environmentally friendly recycled paper and colored pencils.