OVERVIEW: Purpose and Intention
This gathering will hold an emergent investigation into how together we can find our way to steward a sustainable future on what has become a radically changed planet Earth. We have travelled to this ‘new’ planet on a burst of carbon dioxide. This is the biggest shift we as a species have ever experienced. A new planet requires new ways of living.
The conference will bring together eminent environmental scientists, wisdom keepers, activists, artists, poets and young people, as well as parents and parents-to-be, to envision and begin to inhabit our future. It will be an international, intergenerational and multi-disciplinary gathering.
During the event, we will awaken a passionate spirit of creativity and resilience for our love of Mother Earth and for our children and the children of the future. Through interactive, embodied and experiential dynamics, participants will access intelligent and innovative constructs to meet the demands of this new world. Each individual will be invited to invoke their ‘Legacy for the Earth.’ And when all our roles are combined we will represent a global mission of stewardship. Everyone will be part of this love story. Participants will co-collaborate to explore:
- The science and truth of climate change in language that we can all comprehend;
- Ways to embody our longing to connect with the Earth and hear Her voice;
- How we can build and rebuild communities as functional entities;
- Political, legal and social activism, and networking for social change;
- How do we nurture children and support youth to restore our environment;
- Soil restoration, organic food production and community-scale agriculture;
- Alternative energy sources and appropriate technologies;
- Biodiversity and the intrinsic preciousness of all species;
- Racism, misogyny and gender bias – how they deepen the environmental crisis;
- Contemporary and traditional resources to address the trauma of climate change;
- What can we learn from indigenous cultures, activists and wisdom keepers;
- Healthcare and the detoxification of environmental pollutants and toxins; and
- How to generate inspiration for a grassroots upsurge to reclaim our future.
THREE MAJOR ORIENTATIONS
The three major parts of the conference will be:
- AWAKE: Facing the truths of climate change;
- CELEBRATE: Using the arts to experience our resilience and love for the Earth and all her inhabitants; and
- ACT: Developing our global response through interconnected communities.
WHY THIS CONFERENCE IS UNIQUE
While words like “climate change” and “sustainability” are in the popular parlance, the truth about the magnitude of our environmental predicament is not generally understood. This is in part because the language used to deliver the science is frequently obscure or infused with acronyms that many lay people do not understand. This conference will translate scientific jargon into language that is accessible to anyone. Even rarer is the positive, even celebratory response to climate change that emphasizes human resilience and that shows a way to cope with the scientific reality. These two sides of the coin (environmental science and celebratory resilience) are seldom, if ever, presented together. They will be linked at every juncture of this gathering.
This conference will be led by the most knowledgeable and highly regarded voices of the climate change movement. The speakers who have confirmed are recognized internationally for their expertise, their commanding presence, and their proven capacity to identify practical and optimistic strategies for sustainability and action. Joining these voices with those of artists, healers parents and youth has seldom been attempted in such a way. This conference will be a sizeable life-raft for humanity.
Youth of various ages (13-19) will employ the arts (music, spoken word, dance, visual and performing arts) to communicate their experience of climate change and their vision of sustainability. Youth will form a contingent, called Y4C (Youth for Climate-consciousness) that will present their ideas to the entire assembly. Their ideas will be woven into an action plan that is developed for follow through after the conference – an action plan that includes networking to build sustainable communities. Documentation in the form of videos and articles, broadcasts and short films will be cultivated to further disseminate education about climate change. The intention will be to permeate schools and social media with viable options for resilience in a world altered by climate change.
The Findhorn Foundation and Community are a renown, if not iconic, ecovillage, spiritual community and learning centre. This conference comes at a time when the art of community building is at a premium. Said to be the ‘mother of all ecovillages,’ Findhorn famously demonstrates the potential of community for developing low-impact settlements and lifestyles. Furthermore, Findhorn’s deep roots in the natural world and 50 years of ‘co-creation with the intelligence of nature’ makes it the perfect host for this event.
The central intention of CLIMATE CHANGE & CONSCIOUSNESS is to encourage the participants (including thousands watching by livestream) to prioritize their love for the Earth, putting the environment first as an active way to steward for the children of the future. This epitomizes the role Findhorn has long played in amplifying consciousness for the good of the whole. This conference fulfils Findhorn’s essential purpose as a lighthouse beaming forth the messages of Mother Nature.
The Universal Hall at Findhorn, the main conference venue.