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Florida Film Project – CEJ Overview
The Center for Earth Jurisprudence has been delighted to partner with Equinox Documentaries on an exciting project intended to connect us more deeply with our local community here in Central Florida and to alert our national and international colleagues to our efforts to promote the natural beauty and health of our bio-region. The project also serves the larger goal of motivating a profound commitment to respect and legally protect its ecosystems and species.
In partnership with Equinox Documentaries, CEJ has created a short film identifying Florida’s unique natural systems and explaining how an Earth Jurisprudence approach, including recognition of the rights of nature, can help realize their true sustainability. This film reaches out to people on an emotional, visceral level and expands our consensus in ways that written materials simply cannot.
We are grateful to the Kalliopeia Foundation and to Judith Koons for their generous support of this project, and to Bill Belleville and Bob Giguere for the talent and heart they brought to its creation.
Equinox Documentaries was created by veteran producers and writers, Bob Giguere and Bill Belleville, who bring a wealth of experience to their work within and about the natural world. You can read more about their work at EquinoxDocumentaries.org.
Bob Giguere is an award-winning producer with over 20 years of experience, including Documentary and Current Events programming for Public Television. He has won numerous Emmy awards for his social documentary work. His credits include nationally distributed programs: “The National Parent Quiz,” “Releasing Dolphins,” “The Rock” and “Treating Addiction” for PBS, and “Diving Deep” for National Geographic Explorer. Working for PBS affiliates in Maine and Florida, Bob has produced nearly 2,000 programs, including 25 documentaries.
Bob served as Executive Producer, Producer, and Underwater Videographer for award-winning BBG Projects, “In Search of Xanadu,” “Conch Cowboys” and “Wekiva: Legacy or Loss?” He also teaches filmmaking and ethics at the University of Central Florida and Rollins College, and currently owns and operates bGenesis, LLC. He was educated at the University of Maine.
Bill Belleville is an environmental writer and documentary filmmaker. His critically-acclaimed nonfiction book, River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida’s St. Johns River, is in its sixth printing. It received the Michael J. Shaara award for Excellence in Writing for the year 2000. The Miami Herald described it as the “definitive book on the St. Johns.”Bill has published over 1,000 feature articles in Oxford American, Salon.com, Sports Afield, Sierra, Fast Company, and The New York Times Syndicate, among others. He has been a special correspondent for Newsweek magazine, and worked as a writer/researcher on several Discovery Channel expeditions to the Galapagos, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. He also co-produced and scripted three Florida PBS documentaries, all of which won national awards.
Bill was named environmental writer of the year for the Florida Audubon Society and the Florida Wildlife Federation. In 2006, Bill published Losing It All to Sprawl: How Progress Ate My Cracker Landscape to critical reviews. His latest book, Salvaging the Real Florida: Lost and Found in the State of Dreams, was published in early 2011 and recently awarded the prestigious National Outdoor Book Award in the category of Natural History Literature. Previous winners of that award include Robert Michael Pyle, Farley Mowat, David Attenborough, and Roderick Nash.on. He lectures frequently on behalf of the Florida Humanities Council’s Speaker Bureau. He is a member of the Authors Guild and the Society of Environmental Journalists. He has lectured at Rollins College, the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, the University of North Florida, the University of South Florida, and Emory University in environmental literature and environmental history classes.
Sr. Pat Siemen on Rights of Nature at TEDxJacksonville 2013View video full screen on YouTube.
Amendment 1 – Florida’s Water and Land LegacyCongratulations to all who worked so hard in support of Amendment 1 on the November 2014 ballot, which passed with 75% of votes in favor. The measure will dedicate about $1 billion annually for conservation purposes.
CEJ Events & PresentationsThe Myth & Magic of Florida Springs
featuring Margaret Ross Tolbert and Rick Kilby
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
A Rights of Nature Approach for Springs Protection
Jane Goddard and Rob Williams
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Santa Fe River Springs Protection Forum
Otter Springs, Trenton, FL
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.
Spring Field Trip
Saturday, April 25, 2015
October 31 - December 5, 2014
St. Augustine, FL
Poet Terri Witek and visual artist Cyriaco Lopes collaborate to create a soundscape performance that combines poems with photographs on fabric, physically and philosophically investigating their home waters. Visit the Flagler College website for more information.
Save the Date!
Public Interest Environmental Conference
February 12-14, 2015
Details coming soon!
Save the Date!
Environmental and Earth Law Summit
April 9, 2015
Barry University School of Law
Details coming soon!
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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