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Last week, in preparation for CEJ’s upcoming annual Future Generations Conference, True Wealth in a Green World, I viewed three films that address interrelated aspects of why a new jurisprudence is needed for the sake of true green wealth and the survival and flourishing of nature and the human spirit. I thought I would share these resources with you, even if you can’t personally attend our conference, and I encourage you to look for the highlights of each of the keynote presentations, Bill Belleville, Janelle Orsi, and Janie Barrera, on our website and on YouTube, as we plan on posting them shortly thereafter.
Animate Earth: Science, Intuition & Gaia by Stephan Harding, Coordinator of the Master of Science in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, invites consideration of the critical roles that intuition and holistic science play in healing our relationships with Earth. It argues for an expanded science that moves beyond mechanistic portrayals of nature so as to reveal nature as a sentient, living being rather than as dead, inert objects that are here for commodification. Its core premise that nature can be known by both science and intuition (yet acknowledging that Earth’s complex and intricate relationships are never fully known) supports CEJ’s position that humanity has a moral and legal responsibility to protect the entire Earth community which provides the basis of life for us and future generations. I invite you to check it out at www.animateearth.com.
A second recommended film is Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time. This is a documentary of the life and legacy of famed conservationist Aldo Leopold. Although Leopold’s Sand County Almanac was published posthumously in 1949, his land ethic philosophy continues to live in the work of people and organizations across the Earth. Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land is at the heart of creating laws and policies that transform the commodification of nature into a way of mutually enhancing relationships. One can purchase a copy at www.GreenFireMovie.com.
The Economics of Happiness is the story of the disturbing consequences of market globalization and how localization movements can reverse these trends. As Joanna Macy states, “(T)his film connects the dots between climate chaos, economic meltdown, and our own personal suffering. It presents the localization movement as a systemic alternative to corporate globalization, as well as a strategy that brings community and meaning to our lives.” This film is an in-depth analysis of the concepts that CEJ will be exploring in our upcoming True Wealth in a Green World conference. I invite you to visit www.theeconomics ofhappiness.org for more information.
Sr. Pat Siemen on Rights of Nature at TEDxJacksonville 2013View video full screen on YouTube.
Florida’s Water and Land LegacyCongratulations to all who are working diligently and passionately in support of Amendment 1 on the November 2014 ballot. More than 960,000 voters signed petitions to place The Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment on the ballot. Learn more about Amendment 1 at VoteYeson1FL.org.
CEJ Events & Presentations
Save the Dates!
Fall Field Trip
Saturday, September 27, 2014
The Myth & Magic of Florida Springs
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Spring Field Trip
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Building an Earth Democracy: Protecting the Rights of Mother Earth & Humanity
February 2-6, 2015
Doon Valley, Dehradun, India
Join Dr. Vandana Shiva, PhD, Dr. Mira Shiva, MD, and Sister Patricia Siemen, OP, JD for a residential workshop at Navdanya's Earth University to examine the Rights of Mother Earth, and the customs and laws that protect all inhabitants' rights of exist, regenerate, and thrive.
Contact: Dr. Vinod Bhatt - vinod (at) navdanya.net or Patricia Siemen - psiemen (at) barry.edu
Discover more at Navdanya.org.
Other EventsUp the River Downtown
Saturday, August 23, 2014
A 10K open water swim, kayak flotilla, and bicycle ride focused on the St. Johns River, hosted by JumpingFish.
Contact: Info (at) JumpingFish.net
or (904) 673-4549
Learn more at JumpingFish.net.
Choosing our Legacy: Understanding Amendment 1
Thursday, August 28, 2014
6 p.m. - Music by The Ashley Gang
6:30 p.m. - Program
Gleason Performing Arts Center - FIT
Learn how Amendment 1 can protect rivers, lakes and streams, restore natural treasure, and preserve our beaches and shores. Speakers include former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham, environmental attorney Clay Henderson, and local business owner and 5th generation Floridian Laurilee Thompson. Hosted by Preserve Brevard.
Discover more and register for this FREE event at Choosing our Legacy.
3rd Annual Adena Protest Flotilla & Benefit
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Ocala Boat Club at Ray Wayside Park
Silver Springs, FL
The Water Protection Fund hosts a downstream paddle/float from Silver Springs to the park for an afternoon of live music, games, food and solidarity. Flotilla launches at 1 p.m. from Silver Springs State Park.
Contact: ahlers.karen (at) gmail.com
or (352) 546-3560
More info available at Water-First.org.
Learning to See Naturally ~ Nature Journaling WorkshopsVisit our nature journaling blog, Learning to See Naturally, for poems, photos, stories and other nature-inspired creative works from our workshop participants.
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