“In this episode, Hedge School founder Dr Sharon Blackie is in conversation with Pat McCabe. Pat, also known as Woman Stands Shining, is a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader and international speaker. The discussion ranges around the question of what it is to be indigenous, and how those of us in the West can reclaim a sense of our own indigeneity. How do we create meaningful ceremony? What does it mean, to be elder?”
The second dialogue between Russian scientists and Buddhist scholars from the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamsala, HP, India on May 3-4, 2018. The conversation will be based on His Holiness’s book “The Universe in a Single Atom: the Convergence of Science and Spirituality”. The first dialogue took place in August 2017 on the topic of The Nature of Consciousness.
All times Indian Standard Time (IST=GMT+5.30)
May 3rd: 9:00am – 11:30am IST
May 4th: 9:00am – 11:30am IST
Real prosperity revolves around the sanctity of life.
The economy is much more than a series of transactions: It’s about our relationships, who and what we think we are, and our view on the meaning of life itself. Our current global economy leaves too many of us struggling, and it is harming Earth’s ecosystems.
When we change the story of ourselves from consumers to full human beings in relationship to all of life, how does our economy change?
Thank you to our friends at Metta Center for this 3-minute video which presents a different approach to meeting our human needs while protecting the climate!
“From Alaska to Australia, scientists are turning to the knowledge of traditional people for a deeper understanding of the natural world. What they are learning is helping them discover more about everything from melting Arctic ice, to protecting fish stocks, to controlling wildfires.
“It may not just be facts about the natural world that are important in these exchanges, but different ways of being and perceiving. In fact, there are researchers looking into the relationship between some indigenous people and the very different ways they see the world.
“Felice Wyndham is an ecological anthropologist and ethnobiologist who has noted that people she has worked with can intimately sense the world beyond their body. “It’s a form of enhanced mindfulness,” she says. “It’s quite common, you see it in most hunter-gatherer groups. It’s an extremely developed skill base of cognitive agility, of being able to put yourself into a viewpoint and perspective of many creatures or objects – rocks, water, clouds.
““We, as humans, have a remarkable sensitivity, imagination, and ability to be cognitively agile,” Wyndham says. “If we are open to it and train ourselves to learn how to drop all of the distractions to our sensory capacity, we’re able to do so much more biologically than we use in contemporary industrial society.”
“Among the most important messages from traditional people is their equanimity and optimism. There “is no sense of doom and gloom,” says Raygorodetsky. “Despite dire circumstances, they maintain hope for the future.””
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What does financial activism mean and can it drive positive social and environmental change? RSF’s Integrated Capital Institute marketing manager, Enrique Perez, investigates in this interview with faculty members Akaya Windwood, Joel Solomon, and Marian Moore.
“The systems that have created wealth are inherently linked to the systems that have also created social and environmental problems. This is part of why the Integrated Capital Institute was created. We need to find ways to direct money to the common good, not for the expansion of individual wealth.
“The financial system that we have is an outgrowth of colonialism that was designed to be highly extractive and to concentrate wealth in fewer and fewer people’s hands. The changes we seek are going to disrupt this system and turn it on its head. Social change activists have tended to look at wealth as a big evil. However, with financial activism, we’re starting to look at money differently. You can build businesses that treat people fairly, take responsibility for their externalities, and care about their communities. There are so many ways that the use of money can be reformed and directed for the better. That’s what we’re doing with the Institute – supporting people to be empowered to use the tools of finance to direct wealth in different ways.
“Urgency is upon us more than we want to realize. We all need to focus ourselves on whatever resources we can influence and whatever people with resources we can influence. There is plenty of money to solve the world’s most pressing problems, but our mindset and systemic barriers are holding us back. We can demand better and we have to do so.” ~ Joel Solomon
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“The air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat all rely on biodiversity, but right now it is in crisis – because of us. What does this mean for our future and can we stop it?”
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Illustration: Frances Marriott
In a first response to a growing public backlash against the huge volumes of plastic rubbish, most of the UK’s largest supermarkets signed up to support the UK Plastics Pact – an industry-wide initiative which says it aims to transform packaging and reduce avoidable plastic waste.
Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Aldi, Lidl and Waitrose are among the 42 businesses so far supporting the new pledge, which includes an aspiration that by 2025 all plastic packaging can be reused, recycled or composted.
Julian Kirby, plastics campaigner for Friends of the Earth, welcomed the new pact as a move in the right direction. But he said: “It must be accompanied by government measures to ensure that everyone plays their part and these targets are actually met.”
He said regulations and taxes were required to discourage industry from using virgin plastic and to boost their recycling and force them to re-use material.
“Ultimately the only long-term solution is a complete phase-out of all but the most essential uses, covering all plastic-polluting sectors including clothing, cosmetics and vehicles – as well as packaging. Ministers must draw up an action plan to make this a reality.”
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Photo: Pass on the Plastic whale sculpture, highlighting the need to reduce waste and pollution. Photograph: Guy Bell/REX/Shutterstock
In this interview, Buddhist eco-philosopher and author Joanna Macy discusses her life and work. From her anti-nuclear activism in the late 60’s to her work with deep ecology, Joanna expresses the need to live within an ethic of care for the earth.
I feel such awe that at this very time that we’re landing ourselves in such a pickle as humans on this planet, or as life on this planet, that there’ve been two great rivers in the human journey, spirituality and science—and in our early days, they were interwoven, but they’ve been hideously separated over the last centuries, and we’ve been torn apart by that—and now, in our time, they’re flowing together, and the promise of that is huge. In every major religion there’re these voices, but it’s coming so strong from the indigenous ones—[saying] that the earth is alive, and the earth is sacred. That follows, because if the earth is all we have, then we’re totally dependent on [it], and then that is sacred to us; and [it follows] that we wake up in this time to the sacred that we’re living within and nourished by, the sacred living body of earth and its intelligence, her/his intelligence. And not only that, but I feel that in this time, the dangers we face are creating a huge evolutionary pressure on us to wake up to our true nature. We gotta wake up to that or we’re toast, bigtime.