Green heart beats on the beach

by | Sep 21, 2014 | Uncategorized | 12 comments

 Wear green, they said, and I did.

 Head out to the west coast, they said, and I did.

Don’t mind the weather, they said, and I brought my umbrella, which luckily turned out to be green.

 I didn’t need a speech on climate change, and nor did anyone else. We were there because we already cared. (UN chief Ban Ki Moon has called an urgent summit on climate change for 23 September in New York, and all over the world people are marching and creating events.) But it filled in time while we waited for the rain to stop,

  which it did. Then, up on the dunes we began to form a green heart.

 Even the dogs wore green.

Hold your green towel, or cloth, above your head, and to the sound of the drum, lift it up and down, they said. Which we did. It took a few practices, and there we were, one hundred and sixty five of us, one pulsating heart, beating in unison at last. It took two to hold some pieces of cloth.

I lifted my green umbrella up and down to the beat of the drum. The green heart began to beat. I could feel the earth beating through us. Overhead a plane circled with a camera-person inside. On a high point of the dunes, local film-maker Briar stood, her camera whirring.
What did it look like? When the film clip is posted on Facebook, I’ll find out. And I’ll put the link right here.
* No film yet, but here’s a link to some still photos
Here’s the link to the video, just posted


  1. silkannthreades

    Bless you and your green hearted companions for braving the weather. Look forward to the video clip.

  2. Juliet Batten

    Thanks Gallivanta; it was worth braving the weather for. Am still waiting for the video but will post it here as soon as it appears.

  3. Nadezda

    You did an important thing Juliet!
    The climate changes it’s a fact. But I love this change: the winters are less frozen and the summer is warmer!

  4. Hilary Melton-Butcher

    Hi Juliet – it was a very worthwhile get together .. the weather sounds a little depressing – but I know you kept your smile and positivity up front …

    It is now getting cooler here .. cheers Hilary

  5. Juliet Batten

    * Nadezda, thank you; it was an important thing.

    * Hilary, it was worth making the effort.

    Thank you Nadezda and Hilary. Both of you in the north will be sad to feel that cooler days are coming.

  6. Juliet Batten

    Hi everyone, I’ve just added the video link to the bottom of my post. You can click there to see our brave little green heart beating on the sand dunes.

  7. Juliet Batten

    Christine, thanks for the link in your comment box to the other green hearts around the world.

  8. Hotly Spiced

    It looks like such a cold and bleak day but you certainly had a good turnout for the event. I can’t believe someone was wearing shorts! Good on you for making the effort xx

  9. Juliet Batten

    * Charlie, it was rather testing, but worthwhile all the same.

  10. Penny O'Neill

    Beautiful, Juliet. I could feel the pulse of your green heart all they way up here; through your words, photos, and the video you shared (I’ve posted it on my own FaceBook page). Thank you.

    Oh, just looked again, and there I see a green umbrella, which I am certain must be yours. 🙂

  11. Juliet Batten

    Penny, so glad you could see the video. Clever you to spot my green umbrella.


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