Dialogue III: Deep Ecology, Mindfulness & Climate Emergency
About this event
Can inner shifts in perspectives help us respond more skilfully to the climate and environmental crisis?
In this third Science & Wisdom LIVE dialogue, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Dr. Stephan Harding, and Dr. David Loy will discuss the urgent topic of the climate emergency and environmental crisis. This Dialogue is a collaboration between Science & Wisdom LIVE, The Global Tree Initiative, and the Compassion Institute (USA).
As scientists and activists warn us about the potential dangers ahead, new paradigms are emerging to help us navigate the challenges of our times. Deep Ecology invites us to experience (and act from) a deep feeling of our interconnectedness with the natural world. Similarly, contemplative practices (such as mindfulness and meditation) can deepen our sense of oneness with the living universe around us.
Does a skilful response to the environmental crisis follow spiritual development and a more mature awareness of our interdependence with nature? And how can we act in the world without becoming depressed or feeling powerless in the face of climate emergency?
We will hear from scientists and contemplative practitioners about what it takes to be an activist and induce change, while still keeping a positive mind. With Dr. Vandana Shiva, Dr. Stephan Harding, and Dr. David Loy.
Join the conversation LIVE on Zoom! You will receive a link via email after registering for the event. After the dialogue, there will be plenty of time for questions and debate.
About Our Speakers:
Dr. Vandana Shiva was born in 1952 in Uttarakhand, India. Her father was a conservator of forests and her mother was a farmer with a deep love for nature. After receiving her schooling in India and training as a gymnast Vandana Shiva earned a B.S. in Physics, an M.A. in the Philosophy of Science at the University of Guellph, and a PhD. In Nuclear Physics at the University of Western Ontario. She later studied science policy at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore where she explored interdisciplinary research in Science, Technology and Environmental policy.
She emerged as an authority in the field of environmental impact and became deeply alarmed by the threat to biodiversity posed by biotechnology. Hearing that leaders of world Agri-Business describe their plan to control the world’s supply of food and pharmaceuticals through the use of patented, genetically-engineered seeds, she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, dedicated to opposing such ventures. In 1991, Dr Shiva founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seeds, and to oppose what she calls the colonization of life itself under the intellectual property and patent laws of the World Trade Organization Agreement.
Dr Shiva sees Biodiversity as intimately linked to Cultural Diversity and Knowledge Diversity, and recently launched a global movement in support of Biodiversity and Cultural Diversity called Diverse Women for Diversity. Among Vandana Shiva’s many honours is the Right Livelihood Award – also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize – for her work in placing women and ecology at the center of the international development agenda. She is the author of more than 300 papers in leading scientific and technical journals, and her book-length publications.
Dr. David R. Loy is a Professor of Buddhist and Comparative Philosophy, a writer, and a teacher in the Sanbo Zen tradition of Japanese Buddhism. His books include Money Sex War Karma, A New Buddhist Path, and most recently Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis. He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues. In addition to offering workshops and meditation retreats, he is one of the founders of the new Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center, near Boulder, Colorado.
In June 2014, David received an honorary degree from Carleton College, his alma mater, during its 2014 Commencement. April 2016 David returned his honorary degree, to protest the decision of the Board of Trustees not to divest from fossil fuel investments.
Dr. Stephan Harding was born in Venezuela in 1953. After his first degree in Zoology at Durham University he was a field assistant for the Smithsonian’s field ecology research in Venezuela. His doctorate at the University of Oxford was on the behavioural ecology of the muntjac deer.
After teaching conservation biology at the National University of Costa Rica, he became a founder member of Schumacher College. Here he met James Lovelock – the originator of the Gaia hypothesis – with whom he has maintained a long-lasting friendship and scientific collaboration that lead to their joint appointment as founding chair holders of the Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo.
Stephan is the author of Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia, which will soon be available in Spanish via Atalanta publishers in Spain. His latest book, Gaia Alchemy, will be published in January 2022 by Bear and Co.
About Science & Wisdom LIVE:
Each dialogue explores the middle ground between science and contemplative wisdom, focusing on themes such as the ethics of artificial intelligence, gender equality, climate change, and the benefits of mindfulness and meditation for mental health.
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