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A Journey uniting an impassioned Global Community focusing positive thought, energy, belief and action to create a more Environmentally Sustainable and Socially Just world.
Whirlwind Odyssey is our largest project to date at the Institute for Cultural Change (501c3). Whirlwind Odyssey is born from, and is part of, the Blue Planet and Rio Odyssey sailing rallies.
The Blue Planet Odyssey is a two year around the world sailing event spearheaded by the great Jimmy Cornell and aimed at raising greater awareness of the importance of Environmental Sustainability through highlighting the global effects of climate change. Throughout this journey, we will be bringing greater awareness to these effects and the necessity of
Environmental Sustainability by calling on countries most impacted by our changing climate. We will be participating in Scientific research programs for Oceanographic institutes and Research Centers, conducting educational programs that will reach out to and connect children locally and worldwide, participating in thoughtfully tailored community projects in the unique communities we will be visiting and more.
We are uniquely choosing to have the Rio Odyssey be our finale of the Blue Planet Odyssey. By combining these two sailing events, we hope to expand even further the awareness of our global community’s desire to create an Environmentally Sustainable and Socially Just human world. The Rio Odyssey will sail to Olympia (Greece) in May 2016 where each vessel will take on board a symbolic torch lit at the original site of the Ancient Olympic Games and deliver it to Rio de Janeiro on the day of the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Olympics. This is our unique opportunity to have the world’s eye upon us as we bring to the forefront this message of Environmental Sustainability.
Whirlwind Odyssey is the largest Project to date of the Institute For Cultural Change (a nonprofit 501c3), of which Blue Planet Odyssey participants Benjamin
Riddle and Joseph Richardson are Executive Directors. Our Founding Director is an amazing and truly inspiring friend, Lori Pye, Ph.D, who also founded the Viridis Graduate Institute School of Ecopsychology. At the Institute for Cultural Change, our aim is to create and connect an impassioned global community committed to altering how we humans might relate to our self, each other and the natural world less destructively, to discover ways to interact in less violent, racist and sexist ways, and to work toward augmenting conscious change in challenging world.
“The process of moving from an old narrative to a new one requires that we question our connectivity, or rather, our disconnection. Reconnection is so important in the transformation process. We don’t destroy what we are connected to.”
-Lori Pye, PhD: President of Viridis Graduate Institute, International School of Ecopsychology
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"Blue Planet Odyssey Routes Map."−
Throughout this 2.5 year voyage you will be able to participate with us and track our route in real time on this website. You will also be able to keep up with all the happenings as we will be constantly updating the site through posts to our blog, videos, pictures, stories and useful information so that we can all share in this timely journey towards a more Environmentally Sustainable and Socially Just world.
Join us on this Journey and with your support, together we will:
Participate in unique Educational Programs as we adopt local schools that will be able to follow the journey and communicate with schools in other countries. Students will learn about the key issues facing our plant’s oceans such as acidification, coral reef loss, pollution and more. Schools on the BPO route will be able to communicate with each other as well as with our adopted local schools back home. This will bring greater awareness of the state of our planet and the oceans that sustain our lives through the eyes of participants, islanders in remote regions, and people from other countries around the globe where they will learn from and share with each other while fostering a greater sense of Global Citizenship.
Gather Scientific research data & samples for Oceanographic Institutes and Research Centers from some of the least traveled parts of the oceans for:
ICCOMMOPS (the joint technical commission of the World Meteorological Organization and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO. Participants will send back automated data and deploy Argo floats.
NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Participants will deploy drifter buoys in areas not frequented by commercial shipping to gather up to date information on ocean currents, sea surface temperature, atmospheric pressure, winds and salinity.
Observation of sea birds and other marine wildlife for Cornell University’s Ornithology eBird database.
Logging of marine debris for NOAA’s marine debris program.
The global marine plankton study run by Plymouth University, UK, gathering data using the Secchi disk and mobile phone app.
Participate in thoughtfully tailored community projects for some of the unique communities we call upon. These projects may involve community projects such as building or installing wind and solar powered desalination plants. Participants with specialist skills will take part in local projects and carry out essential repair and maintenance work. Participants with experience in IT and communications will train or give advice to local schools, hospitals or cooperatives on start-up or ongoing projects.
Be inspired to cultivate new ideas for our future projects at Institute for Cultural Change. We will throughout this journey be assessing how we can best be of service in contributing to the creation of a more Environmentally Sustainable and Socially Just world.
Offer Scholarships to the Viridis Graduate Institute International School of Ecopsychology. Viridis Graduate Institute’s interdisciplinary programs focus on preparing students to enter the global community and implement ecopsychological means to solve the complex problems we face in our world. VGI’s online graduate studies are augmented by in-person sessions that meet in environmental habitats. The vision is to train tomorrow’s leaders in focusing on creating healthy and sustainable relationships with the whole ecology of life.
Film throughout our journey with the goal of creating an inspirational and moving documentary. This film will be created through what is sure to be a vast array of day to day experiences as we navigate the Oceans of our world, experiencing the various elements of weather, nature and wildlife, visiting the many islands and countries we will call upon and participating with other global citizens and their unique cultures. Throughout our journey, we will endeavor to thoughtfully and artistically highlight the need for Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice while showcasing the individuals, communities and countries who are participating in the momentum towards a more Sustainable and Just world, as well as demonstrating the Core Values of the Institute for Cultural Change which are:
Responsibility to self, others and the planet
Development of new perspectives
Moving ideas into action.
Align positive energy and momentum through a Global Community united in the vision of a more Environmentally Sustainable and Socially Just world.
All Whirlwind Odyssey Investor Contributions Are Tax Deductible.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has”
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“The purpose in life is to contribute in some way to making things better”
- John F Kennedy
Together We Can Make A Difference.
With your aligned energy and loving support, together we will all contribute to being a part of creating a world that respects the beauty and connectedness of all life forms, including our amazing planet. We ask for you to join us in focusing positive loving energy, belief, and action in the direction of an Environmentally Sustainable, Spiritually Fulfilling and Socially Just human presence on this planet. It is through our aligned energies that we transform the world. We offer our sincere Love and Appreciation for your Support, Partnership, and Investment in creating a better world now and for generations to come.
We Love and Appreciate you!
All Whirlwind Odyssey Investor Contributions Are Tax Deductible.
"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand."− Woodrow Wilson
"All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine."− Jim Rohn
"Consider your own place in the universal oneness from which we are all apart, from which we all arise, and to which we all return"− David Fontana
Whirlwindodyssey.org is proud to be partnered with Viridis Graduate Institute. VGI is educating tomorrow’s leaders in helping solve the problems we face in our world. VGI’s curriculum focuses on cultivating and creating a sustainable and healthy relationship with the whole of life.
Creating a more conscious world through education and action.
Ecopsychology is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry bridging the sciences and humanities and predicated on the evidence that humanity’s well-being is integrated into the health and sustainability of all of nature.
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