“The environmental crisis.. is not simply a problem to be solved. Environmental issues are not out there, separate from us, fixable from a distance. Instead we are in relationship with the environment, in community with the earth. The air, the water, the soils are to be respected as community members and to be treated as neighbours whom we are to love as if ourselves. Seeing the damage humanity has inflicted on the earth as a violation of kinship and community can bring us to great grief. Yet this same recognition can call us towards something new, a way of living that repairs and restores relationship.” – Isaiah Ritzmann, “Weaving Ecology,” Good Work News Dec 2018
A sequel to last year’s Finding Our Place series, this year we go deeper in exploring our present ecological crisis, finding the threads of sustainable living, and doing the work of reweaving a simpler way of life that is gentle on the earth.
We invite you to join us for some of the following events:
Fermented Thoughts – A series of various speakers and discussions that invite us to expand our ecological imagination, and prod us to act with courage and hope.
Film Series - Showcasing a selection of challenging and inspiring environmental documentaries. Films will be shown in partnership with Princess Cinemas and Divest Waterloo. Films to-be-announced.
Bookshare – A new book will be released every other month through 2019 related to this year’s themes. Each book brings an interesting, unique perspective on our society and our relationship with the earth, questioning the denialism and fatalism that so often inhabits (or inhibits?) our ecological imagination. There will be opportunities to join a book club with other members. Books include:
Becoming Good Ancestors by David Ehrenfeld
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Postmodern Ecological Spirituality by Joe Holland
Radical Simplicity by Jim Merkel
Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse by Carolyn Baker
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