Autumn equinox 2019 coincided with my last day with the Royal Opera on tour in Japan. We had just performed the thrilling opening sequence of Verdi’s Otello in Tokyo at the moment of equinox – in the UK it was breakfast time (08.50 BST).
™ invites you to see the equinoxes as universally and uniquely suited to be Earth Action Days¹:
1) Equinoxes are true planet events
Fixed events every spring and autumn in Earth’s orbit around the sun
2) We are equal under the sun at equinox²
Equal day and night – 12 hours – wherever you are on the planet
3) Two equinoxes double up our annual commitments to act
Pledge twice a year to spring into action and turn over a new leaf at equinox
So many of our problems cross boundaries, continents and oceans – above all, the climate-biosphere crisis. Yet at a planetary level, so much more unites us than divides. Equinoxes are ideal moments to rebalance and reconnect, to energise our instincts to both innovate and preserve.
Whether through a pledge, an audit, a link, or just small actions multiplied a thousand-thousandfold, twinned equinoxes can help us accelerate towards a sustainable post-carbon future.
These EQ blogs offer perspectives on what equinoxes offer.
¹a 2023 4k high res promo video for EQ is here
²a 2013 demo website protecting EQ’s domain is here
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Equinoxes are the ideal time to exercise the habit of zooming out into space and back in our imaginations. It’s a way of sensing our interdependence, of our equality-under-the-sun that is both humbling and empowering. This is a reading given at St Clement Danes Church, London, for the 2018 Christmas Concert of the young choir Coro.
Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to leave Earth’s orbit and head out into deeper space. The astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders orbited the moon ten times during December 24, 1968.
April 22nd is Earth Day – and you would be forgiven for not knowing or noticing here in the UK as it is a largely US-based event. More on this below, but it’s worth your attention: this year there was a March for Science on the National Mall, Washington DC, with as expected some pungent anti-post-truth banners.
There was a London March for Science too. I joined and was welcomed as an unreconstituted ‘artiste’, in moral support.
This mugshot¹ displays one of many slogans that attach naturally and convincingly to EQ. On the other side: Spring into action. The autumn equinox is a time for renewal even while leaf-fall reminds us of the natural cycle of decay:
So we spring forward this weekend into British Summer Time. Lose an hour’s sleep, but gain lighter evenings. Great! But if equinoctial logic had been applied, it should have happened a month ago and significant energy (and Vitamin D) would not have been wasted.
..but, eternally having sunshine in equal nights and in equal days, the good receive a less toilsome life, not vexing the earth or the water of the sea with the strength of their hands to achieve a meagre sustenance; instead, in the presence of the honoured Gods, those who delighted in keeping their oaths pass a tearless existence…* So recited Pindar, in his Olympian Ode 2 Continue reading
As it’s the Summer Solstice today I will end this post with a personal footnote, for I first met Michael Solomon Williams at the 1989 solstice in a magical performance of Britten’s opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He was six, and the ‘fetched’ Humble Bee to my Bottom. So more of that anon… now Common and Kind – which is Michael’s #JoCox #moreincommon -inspired initiative, subtitled more in common in music.