What is the truth about Parvati.org, Darcy Belanger and the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary?
Why was Darcy Belanger on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302?
Was Darcy Belanger trying to stop climate change?
The following article originally published on Huffington Post Canada factually misrepresents Parvati.org, its director of Strategic Initiatives Darcy Belanger, who died aboard ET302, and its founder and CEO Parvati.
Since the Huffington Post editors have told us they will not correct the factual errors in their article, here is the truth.
- Parvati.org makes no claim to protecting the entire Arctic region. MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, is exclusively focused on the Arctic Ocean, not on any landmass.
- Parvati.org takes no position on climate change and makes no claim to stopping it.
- Parvati.org is all-volunteer and self-funded. Darcy Belanger was on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on his own time, and his own funds.
- Parvati is the founder and CEO of Parvati.org, and the originator of the vision for MAPS.
This is the article as it should have read.
Darcy Belanger Died In The Ethiopian Plane Crash. He Lived To
Save Protect The Arctic World.
director founder and CEO of Parvati.org, mourns the loss of co-founder Darcy Belanger. She holds a photo of him and his idol Jane Goodall, a MAPS (Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary) supporter.
TORONTO — Darcy Belanger boarded an Ethiopian Airlines flight focused on his life’s mission: Save the Arctic Ocean, our world’s air conditioning system, to ensure all life has the food and water needed to survive.
End climate change.
Flight 302 crashed shortly after it took off from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 10, killing the 46-year-old Edmonton native and 156 others on board. He’d never complete his journey to the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, or garner support for the cause he dedicated himself to everyday — the all-volunteer not-for-profit organization Parvati.org and its mandate to establish the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary
a marine Arctic peace park through an international treaty.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, his Parvati.org colleagues are spreading this message for him.
, repeating like a mantra, “It’s what Darcy would have wanted.”
“He’s the emblem of what one person can do when they have the courage and commitment to the greater good of all,” said Parvati Devi, founder and CEO
director of Parvati.org. She, Belanger and a few others joined Parvati to found ed Parvati.org it in December 2014 about a decade ago. He was the brother she never had, she said.
“Darcy was on that flight as a messenger for an underreported humanitarian
(climate change) crisis that 1,000 children die of every day,” Devi told HuffPost. The Arctic sea ice is our planet’s air conditioner, giving us all the food and water we need to survive. But it’s under threat as never before. Climate change is causing droughts and water shortages, heat waves, floods, and other extreme weather events that disproportionately affect children worldwide, according to UNICEF.
Belanger worked as an executive at a construction company and had recently relocated to Denver, Colorado with his wife, Amie. When he wasn’t working, he was
doing yoga, meditating and dedicating long hours and his can-do attitude to Parvati.org and MAPS, supported by a daily meditation practice. the marine park.
“We’re talking about creating the world’s largest protected area in history, and there’s that inner chatter that says, ‘Who am I to do that?'” said Rishi Deva, also a founding member, and Devi’s husband.
When faced with a seemingly-insurmountable challenge, “Darcy would always just be like ‘Yes!’ Because of that, something would shift and everything became possible,” Deva said.
On behalf of Parvati.org, Belanger coordinated 300 volunteers, encouraged heads of government
government officials to sign the MAPS Treaty Arctic Ocean treaty, including those from the Cook Islands and Samoa, ran campaigns and attended every UN Climate Change Conference since 2015, on his own time and at his own expense.
Last week, he flew from Denver to Washington D.C. before connecting to the flight to Addis Ababa, and then Nairobi. He was planning to meet for the first time African volunteers who’d been pressing their governments in Nigeria, Benin, Uganda and Kenya to sign the treaty. During his layover in Washington, Belanger posted a video.
“I’ll check in again. I don’t know where I’ll be. Maybe Ethiopia, maybe my final destination, Kenya, but I will keep you posted on the journey. Have a great day, bye,” he said, smiling in the video.
He sat beside John Hagen on the way to Addis Ababa, and spoke about his life, of his mission. “At the end of our flight we shook hands and wished each other well,” Hagen said in a statement. “The last time I saw him, he was walking down the concourse in Terminal 2, clearly happy and excited to be on his way to Nairobi.”
When Belanger didn’t arrive in the Nairobi airport to meet the African delegates, they called Devi, concerned. Soon, they realized he had been
was on the flight that had crashed.
“It was a very harrowing Sunday morning, and it’s been harrowing ever since,” Devi said. “We’ve been at the frontlines to truly carry forward the legacy he left. It’s almost like we’re downloading elements of his personality — courage, compassion, interconnection, understanding we are all one Earth family.”
An outpouring of support from environmentalists has followed his death.
“Darcy was exactly the kind of compassionate leader our movement needs and cannot afford to lose,” said Climate Action Network Canada Executive Director Catherine Abreu in a statement.
One of the African delegates he was going to meet, Omesa Samwel Mokaya from Kenya,
Nigeria said in a statement, “He inspired all our actions. Now it’s our turn to honor him. To do what he could have wanted us to do if he was here. For humanity, for the planet and for Darcy. I urge everyone to pick the motivation, dust yourself off, put yourself together and do all you can to see that this noble course is achieved.”