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Waking Up - One of the effects of the current ecological crisis is an inescapable awareness of the Earth’s fragility. People all around the world are now waking up to the breakdown of the Earth’s ability to sustain human life when subject to the massive destructions of nature demanded by unchecked financial greed. Infinite economic growth on a planet with finite resources is non-viable. The challenge now is to ensure there will be a future for our children. In order to achieve this, humans will need to radically alter the way we relate to one another, and to nature. In fact, it is this distinction between ourselves and nature that is at the heart of the problem. We are not separate. All life on earth...

Growing up in Nature

This post follows on from our last post, Back to Nature with Theo v. Fellenberg. It is dedicated to the memory and wonderful, inspiring life of Theres v. Fellenberg, who sadly passed away on 20th July. Our thoughts, love and condolences are with the v. Fellenverg family. In the interview below, Michael, son of Theo and Theres v. Fellenberg, reflects on his experiences of growing up in nature. The family spent ten years in Bodio Monti in the mountains, relatively isolated from civilisation as we know it. Bodio Monti is at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea and lies in the Leventina valley close to the highest Alps. Theo and his wife Theres bought a good house and barn in Bodio Monti for their ten...

Back to Nature

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During the 70s and 80s some people decided to 'go back to nature'. Theo v. Fellenberg and his wife Theres, as two pioneers of this living philosophy, chose to bring up their children in the upper Gotthard Valley, in Switzerland. In this presentation we hear from Theo about their adventures. Theo grew up in Bern and has travelled around the world. As a volunteer, he worked for years both in Sri Lanka, Korea, Palestine and India.  He met his wife Theres in Switzerland and between 1960 and 1966 they assisted Tibetan Refugees in Switzerland. For many years Theo was the international Secretary of SCI 'Service Civil' International and assisted the 'Schweitzer Bergheimat' organisation, supporting mountain farmers. Between the ages of 70 and 77 Theo hiked in...

Dr. Jacky Lawrence

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Power Out - After one of the hottest years on record, Extinction Rebellion are protesting to raise awareness of the climate crisis affecting our planet. And in his BBC documentary, 'Climate Change - The Facts', Sir David Attenborough offers an urgent and unflinching analysis of the effects of, and possible solutions to, global warming. 'Thinking global, acting local', was the slogan of Warwickshire Council's climate change strategy, focusing on the idea that we can all make a difference. To get a feel for "what a future could look like if we have to ration our energy consumption", Dr. Jacky Lawrence (Corporate Energy Manager at Warwickshire CC) asked people to imagine the best and worst thing about having no energy, fuel or power at all  for...

M4MI | Anglia Ruskin University Collaboration

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This post features seven collaborative works between Rhea and composers from the Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. In the Music for the Moving Image (M4MI), module run by Krisztián Hofstädter, the cohort creates original music and sound design for poetry, short films and games using acoustic and computer-based methods of composition. One assignment last semester was to compose music to light-images created by Rhea as a result of her experience of synaesthesia and observation of nature. Mollie Betts My approach to composing this piece largely involved improvisation in response to observation. In Quien’s brief, she said: ‘Allow your mind to relax, open and let images and sounds come to you.’ From this I understood that this piece required an aspect of spontaneity, free from any rigid...

Prof. Toru Yamamori: The Task of Economy

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“You can't be really happy while other people are poor and left in destitution.” was said by Prof. Yamamori, who studied economics at Cambridge University. Once again, as we listen to him, we find the concept of the interconnectedness of beings. In this video, he talks about his disillusion in his early education, how he had benefited from joining activist groups and why later he decided to go back to academia. He speaks about his work in Cambridge which was strongly influenced heterodox views by Flavio Comin and Tony Lawson. In the video he also mentions his research in British working  class women, who have been active in women's liberation and well-fare rights as well as how their ideas have challenged dominant economic concepts. Prof. Yamamori wrote his PhD. on the concept of need. His current...

Cooperation for Nature

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For many years I have taken retreats in nature, and I have been inspired by some of the people living in, and work for, nature. The great possibility of individuals and organisations working together to save nature became very apparent to me. This page presents some of their stories. ``Ai Monti” – an example of working together to help nature. “I decided to work in nature simply because it is healthy and it allows one to follow the rhythm of the universe. We are the only living creatures that have created the artificial (as opposed to the natural); this should make us reflect... My favourite sentence: “When we no longer have any room for nature, she will no longer have room for us.” (Calvin and...

Fossil Necklace and Tree of Life

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Katie Paterson held an exhibition at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge in June 2013 called ‘Fossil Necklace’; the necklace was hung in Little St. Peter’s Church next to Kettle’s Yard. Each bead was carved out of a fossil, some dating back to the beginning of life on earth during the Precambrian, more than 545 million years ago. The first fossil was from single-celled organisms. The fossil in the last bead came from a Cypriot pygmy hippopotamus, found in Mesopotamia. Against the light in the church the intricate structures of the fossils could be seen. 'Fossil Necklace' by Katie Paterson, Kettles Yard, Cambridge. Photo © MJC TREE OF LIFE In the leaflet for the 'Fossil Necklace' exhibition at The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Dr. Chris Tyler-Smith writes the following: “We can...