The module Sacred Activism is the reason I applied for the Ecology and Spirituality MA at Schumacher College, and I will begin my reflective journal with this story. A few years ago, shortly after discovering the truth about the fracking industry, I met a member of Frack Free Somerset activist group in Glastonbury. In my naivety, having only recently moved there, I said to her: ‘you must get a lot of support from people in Glastonbury’, to which she replied ‘No, everyone is navel-gazing’. This prompted me to write an article called ‘Spiritual Activism’, advocating for a balance between inner and outer activism; suggesting that the world could benefit from people getting off their yoga mats and actively doing something, but also that many activists could benefit from some inner healing. On discovery of this MA, I read the words ‘Sacred Activism’, and my choice was made.
Discuss how story has informed the narrative of activism. With references to examples, indicate how story could inform our understanding of sacred activism.
Offerings I made to the River Dart...
may you flow happily forevermore
Here is another essay from my MA in Ecology and Spirituality,
this time comparing and contrasting two movies
in which men get stuck on Mars!
One is from 1964 and the other from 2015...
a fascinating journey for me, which I hope you enjoy reading....
Compare and Contrast Assignment:
Robinson Crusoe on Mars 1964 and The Martian 2015.
I have taken excerpts from my journal throughout March 2018, during the Indigeny Today module, which refer to the theme of ‘Time’, including speed, Right Time, ancestors, and future generations. I highlight the excerpts in italics throughout this paper. I consider each excerpt’s relevance to how indigenous worldviews can inform western worldviews about time.
NASA states that even if we stopped producing all greenhouse gases today, we will still be affected by climate change for generations to come. They suggest a two-pronged approach to limiting the effects of climate change: Mitigation, meaning reducing climate change, which involves reducing the flow of heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and Adaptation; adapting to life in a changing climate, which involves adjusting to actual or expected future climate (climate.nasa.gov).
Book review of 'The Land Ethic' chapter in Aldo Leopold's book: A Sand County Almanac.
''That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.'' - Aldo Leopold
For the module Ecology and Spirituality, I was given the assignment of writing a reflective journal and critical commentary on a subject of my choice.
I chose the question:
what do people really mean when they say 'I speak to trees'?
Ecofeminism is the idea that both nature and women
are suppressed in a similar way by patriarchy.
The idea goes deeper, to say that all oppressions are linked,
including racism, homophobia and so on.
For many years, and onwards and onwards, we have been and will be
stuck in this state of 'duality'.
Everything is a contrast:
man/ nature, man/ woman, science/ nature, mind/ soul, soul/ body, man/ God, reason/ faith...