28 Jan to 1 Feb 2013
With Polly Higgins, Isabel Carlisle and Carlos Glover
With this course we invite you to join us in taking ecocide awareness and action to the next level by helping us to design a new community-led process for tackling crimes against nature.
Our outcome will be to produce a handbook on community-led ecocide action that can be used anywhere in the world where ecosystems are under threat. Our test case in this week will be ‘GM – it’s impact on food systems, farmers and consumers’. And our inspiration will be drawn from the recent Community Bills of Rights in the U.S., the ancient practice of Earth Wisdom Council, the growing body of Earth Law, the history of the Commons and the practice of Restorative Justice.
Polly Higgins stepped forward in 2009 to raise awareness of the potential of a new international law of Ecocide to halt the destruction of the Earth’s eco-systems www.eradicatingecocide.com. Since then a groundswell of support has been building to make this new law a reality. Change, however, cannot come only from the top echelons of power. Individuals working at grassroots level are just as vital and during this week we will empower and equip you to be a Voice for the Earth.
Join us for this ground-breaking course in which you will co-create an exciting new platform for the ecocide debate. No legal experience is required and the course will be of interest to a range of backgrounds including those working in community action, environmental activism, social and ecological justice, law and group facilitation.
Using participatory dialogue processes that work for peace, we can each become a voice for the Earth
Polly Higgins, Lawyer for the Earth, international lawyer, barrister and award-winning author proposed to the United Nations in 2010 that Ecocide be the 5th Crime Against Peace. Since then, Polly has been invited into governments across the world to advise on the law. She has been voted one of the World’s Top 10 Visionary Thinkers by the Ecologist and named The Planet’s Lawyer by the 2010 Change Awards. She was the Overall Champion of the 2012 People and Environment Awards and was chosen to deliver the 2012 Rachel Carson Memorial Lecture . See www.eradicatingecocide.com and www.pollyhiggins.com .
Isabel Carlisle is Education Coordinator for Transition Network She leads on two blueprint education programmes: Schools in Transition and One Year in Transition (an enterprise and skills-based learning journey for over 20s). She started her career roughly 280,000 BC, working as an archaeologist on a Neanderthal site in Jersey (back in the 1970s). Then she slowly moved forward through the centuries via the Warburg Institute, art journalism (The Art Newspaper, The Times) working as deputy head of exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts, to look at the future and what is needed to live sustainably on this planet now. She co-founded Transition Highbury in North London in 2008 and is a Trustee of Transition Town Totnes
Isabel studied on the Certificate in Education for Sustainability course that was run at Schumacher College in 2009. She is committed to the embedding of an ecological world view in learning experiences for all ages. Her interest in group process has led her to participate in a wide variety of practices from Buddhist dialogue to indigenous council, from Restorative Circles to World Café.
After traveling in South and North America, Europe, Egypt and India, Carlos has explored many different paths to self-growth. He has been following Earth Wisdom since 1986 – expanding his understanding and practice of this way, taking pleasure in offering these teachings to all who are open to them.
Carlos has completed a cycle of six Drum Dances and four Sun-Moon Dances with Beautiful Painted Arrow and has also been a long term student of Ki-Aikido, counseling and therapy. He trained with the Ehama Institute of California using Earth Wisdom Teachings with elders, teenagers and primary school children. He lives in Devon, with his wife and two children. See www.earthwisdomteachings.co.uk
REDUCED FEE We have reduced fees on this course, to encourage participation from as diverse a range of backgrounds as possible.
£300 if you are happy to find your own accommodation in the surrounding area. This fee does include all meals. (Please ensure you quote ref: ‘no accommodation’ when booking)
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