Poetic Justice: Walking the Talk in Eco-Education
In the empty lot – a place not natural, but wild – among the trash of human absence, the slough and shamble of the city’s seasons, a few old locusts bloom. (Wendell Berry, “The Wild”)
In these times, it is worth remembering, we can still create, co-create, or if necessary, re-create, the value of things.
We know the facts of climate change… How to respond? The idea is simple: When we take students and scholars out of their classroom cages, minds and hearts open to the larger ecological, social and cultural world around them – a world that now desperately needs open hearts and minds. The session will begin with the session leader briefly sharing her latest work in a decade old project to engage students in reflective, ethics-based eco-education. From there, this walking-talking nature immersion session collectively explores mind-opening climate change education in light of heart-burning, soulful, mature, poetic reflection. Our radical goal is to talk, listen, take note, write, and find hope in the only place change ever begins: from the ground up.
Artists and poets must also help to decide whether or not it is permissible to use chemicals in farming….
So, come on. Let’s do nothing, together!
Please bring a pencil, something to write with, and a passion for the great outdoors. (No experience necessary).
Time/Day: Saturday March 21 2015 10:10 am
Location: EMU Porter Lobby then the Great Michigan Outdoors.
Update: Our session evolved into a collaboration session with Jussi Mäkelä of the Art-Eco Project, Tampere, Finland http://artecoproject.com/team/ and his work, An Oak: A Phenomenological Approach to the Concept of True Capital. For this, Jussi found some Michigan Oak, a bee-hive, brought some copper wire from Finland and made a thought provoking sculpture exploring eco-justice and gender. Thanks for the way-open discussion with the Finlanders representing. Super cool.