I hope you have had a great first month with Pilates On Demand! I've got another exciting line up of classes added to the platform that you can find under "New for October." You also can filter based off of equipment needed, length of class and body part by using the Filter button.
New to the platform? For $20 a month, you get full access to the on demand library filled with classes that vary in length, focus and level. There will truly be something for everyone. And 20% of the proceeds will go to a different organization each month with a focus on social and racial justice.
This month, 20% of our proceeds goes to
World Central Kitchen - Climate Disaster Fund.
Pakistan floods. India floods. Hurricane Ian. Fires on the west coast, European heat wave. It is clear that climate change is affecting communities around the globe, specifically the most marginalized community who lack the time and resources to prepare for the deadly disasters coming their way. World Central Kitchen has been on the front lines of these catastrophic events:
"As world leaders promise long-term policies to address the climate crisis over several decades, WCK launched its Climate Disaster Fund – and we will raise and spend $1 billion during the next 10 years to assist communities impacted by extreme weather events caused by the climate crisis. The Fund was initially seeded with $50 million for immediate disaster relief and to invest in long-term solutions that help build resilience for communities on the frontlines. Climate crisis-fueled extreme weather leads to most of the disasters to which we respond. The increased frequency and ferocity of catastrophic weather events requires us to adapt our models of disaster relief and humanitarian response. In 2020, World Central Kitchen spent more than $250 million providing meals for communities in the United States and around the world across a range of disasters from multiple hurricanes to the Covid-19 pandemic.
While the $1 billion Fund is an ambitious commitment, it represents a fraction of what is needed to meet the immediate food and water needs of our fellow human beings suffering from a climate crisis of our making. WCK’s goal is to innovate and develop models that can be replicated across the world and supported by the only people who can truly scale solutions to states, countries, and continents: our political leaders.
WCK has witnessed first-hand the crisis of climate-triggered hunger in our own hemisphere, a crisis that is driving hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees across the continent. The more that people have fresh food where they are, the less they will need to look for it elsewhere—that means supporting communities to feed themselves and helping farmers to adapt to a rapidly changing climate.
The goal of the Climate Disaster Fund:
Provide meals for hungry people whose lives are turned upside down by climate disasters. We will bring food, water, and other resources to communities in the aftermath of extreme weather events as they increase in frequency and intensity around the world.
Build resilience in frontline communities. WCK will be investing in communities disproportionately impacted by climate disasters, often communities of color. We will expand our Food Producer Network that began in Puerto Rico and recently launched in The Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands, and Guatemala. By investing in local food producers with grants, training, and market access, we can empower communities to be more self-sustainable and resilient in the face of future disasters. We will also continue to develop Community Relief Centers, a philanthropic partnership with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Archewell Foundation. These kitchens and community hubs are built in regions of the world prone to climate disasters.
Change the systems that leave people hungry and thirsty. We need to start improving access to nutritious food far before disaster strikes. WCK is expanding our policy efforts to work with local and state governments to take the successful models we have developed and scale them up. We are also working closely with the Biden Administration and Congress to make sure food and nutrition are at the center of legislative efforts to invest in responding to the climate crisis."
To learn more about the incredible work of World Central Kitchen, please visit their website: https://wck.org/