“Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness the catastrophe toward which the world is headed will be unavoidable.”
Vaclav Havel, Past President of the Czech Republic, addressing the US Congress.
Climate Change & Consciousness: Our Legacy for the Earth, hosted by the Findhorn Foundation, 20 – 26 April, 2019, will be a unique conference about surviving and thriving in a world of changing climate and post-carbon economy. The event will feature some of the clearest and most passionate voices for the Earth and will be live streamed for active participation around the world.
CCC19 will bring together eminent scientists, wisdom keepers, business people, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, young people and others, to envision and begin to inhabit our joint future. It will be an international, inter-generational and multi-disciplinary gathering. Speakers include:
- Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, an Eskimo-Kalaallit elder, healer and storyteller, has been a keynote speaker at international conferences on climate change and indigenous issues.
- Charles Eisenstein, popular philosopher and internationally renowned speaker. His books include The Ascent of Humanity, Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible.
- Polly Higgins, the founder of Ecocide Law, the Earth Community Trust and co-founder of the Earth Law Alliance. Ecologist Magazine named her one of the top ten visionary thinkers in the world.
- Bill McKibben (via Skype), founder of 350.org, a global grassroots climate change movement. Bill has won the Gandhi and Thomas Merton Prizes. The Boston Globe calls him “America’s most important environmentalist.”
- Jonathon Porritt CBE, founder and Director of Forum for the Future, the UK’s leading sustainable development charity. He was co-chair of the British Green Party (1980-83); Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90); and Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005).
- Vandana Shiva PhD is a world-renowned environmental activist, physicist, feminist, philosopher of science, science policy advocate and author of 20 books. Vandana was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1993.
- Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 17 year old indigenous climate activist who has spoken at the Rio + 20 Summit and the UN.
Three major threads running though the conference will be:
- AWAKE: Facing the truths of climate change.
- CELEBRATE: Using the arts to express our love for the Earth and all life.
- ACT: Developing our response, locally and globally.
The conference will translate scientific jargon into language that is accessible to anyone. In addition, we intend a celebratory response to climate change that emphasises human resilience and creativity, which is key to coping with the scientific reality. These two sides of the coin (environmental science and celebratory resilience) will be linked at every juncture of this gathering.
CCC19 will be led by some of the most knowledgeable and highly regarded voices of the climate change movement. The key contributors are recognised internationally for their expertise, their commanding presence, and their proven capacity to identify practical and optimistic strategies for sustainability action. Joining these voices with those of artists, healers, parents and youth has seldom been attempted in quite such a way.
This will be a collaborative and participatory investigation into how we can steward a sustainable future on what has already become a radically changed planet Earth. We have travelled to this ‘new’ planet on a burst of carbon dioxide. A new planet requires new ways of living.
Participants will explore:
The science and truth of climate change in language that we can all understand;
Political, legal and social activism, and networking for social change;
Soil restoration, organic food production and community-scale agriculture;
Alternative energy sources and appropriate technologies;
Biodiversity and the intrinsic preciousness of all species;
How do we nurture children and support youth to restore our environment;
Racism, misogyny and gender bias – how they deepen the environmental crisis;
Ways to embody our longing to connect with the Earth and hear Her voice;
Healthcare and the detoxification of environmental pollutants and toxins;
How to generate inspiration for a grassroots upsurge to reclaim our future.
Participate via Findhorn Live:
The Findhorn Foundation will be live-streaming the Climate Change & Consciousness conference from 09:00 – 22:00 GMT daily, over the week of the event. All streaming will be recorded and archived for later, on-demand viewing.
Early bird pricing applies up to January 31st.
Book early and receive a 20% reduction.
Full details are available here.
Create a Live-stream Hub:
Hubs are organised groups, NGOs, businesses and holistic centers with the resources and willingness to self-organise an event of their own, based around the live streaming. They might, for example, organise discussion groups, panel sessions, presentations or performances for and by their participants. The organising body, has the option of resourcing the event itself or setting a charge for participation to cover costs (including the live stream subscription cost). Hubs will receive limited support from Findhorn in the planning and setting up of their event. If your organisation is interested in forming a hub, please contact us or email: firstname.lastname@example.org