EarthSong eNotes November 2017

Image: Pollination
Photo credit: Emily Morison

Reflection:

Seemingly more striking and vibrant than previous years, Earth’s flowering in this bioregion is attracting attention and comment every day. The flowering is essential to the fruiting which in turn is reliant on a variety of pollinators.  Rarely seen or heard unless we pay attention, the work of birds, wind, bees and other insects, are a vital link in Earth’s self-nourishing system. 

 EarthSong is also attracting attention and comment as we move into this final month of its existence.  Its work has been to invite us to shift our perception, even a few degrees, and be open to new ways of living and being as part of our home planet. Re-awakening to the sacred at the heart of all life provides a moral frame, guiding our engagement with the immense challenges of the new era pressing in upon us. EarthSong publications and programs are flowering and bearing fruit through an expanding network of companions committed to making a difference that will contribute to Earth’s self-nourishing system, even in the midst of great destruction.  Perhaps, together, we might dare to believe we are part of ‘Earth’s immune system’ and act accordingly.

- Pat Long

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What’s on

Pollinator week
12th – 19th November

Celebrating the vital role pollinators play in the food system has never been more important.

Pollinators drive biodiversity, and over 75% of the world’s flowering plants rely on insect pollinators to reproduce. Pollinators provide these important ecosystem services in the natural landscapes as well as within agricultural/horticultural and urban environments.  The world is suffering from major pollinator declines, but through education and events such as Pollinator Week we can bring these usually-unnoticed insects to the forefront of peoples’ thoughts, with the goal of supporting and protecting their populations. Source: http://beesbusiness.com.au/pollweekmain.html

Here are some simple things you can do to help.  

 

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AELA Conference:
Inspiring Earth Ethics: Linking Values and Action

2 Day Conference, 23-24 November 2017 – Brisbane

EarthSong coordinator Anne Boyd is one of a number of prominent speakers contributing to this conference.  Further details here.

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Creative engagement for action on climate change

“SEAM” (Sustainable Environment Arts Movement) Inc has invited community choirs to join in an exciting national choir project event that that aims to engage people with the urgency of action on climate change.

Participating choirs will perform in front of their local town hall/civic hall, state or federal parliament. It will include hundreds of singers from choirs around the country, joining voices to call for action on climate change. **Go to www.seam.org.au for more information about this organisation.

The event will coincide with the United Nations Bonn Climate Conference in November 2017 

When: Sunday, the 5th November at 2pm.

Where: On the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne and various locations around the country.

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Thank you for subscribing to this newsletter and for the many forms of support EarthSong has received over the past fourteen years.

Future directions:   Anne and Pat will be available to conduct workshops for interested groups in 2018.  Please make initial contact via email:    

Anne: annecboyd@gmail.com                                          Pat: long.patricia8@gmail.com

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EarthSong acknowledges its presence on the lands of the Wurundjeri Peoples and the Kulin Nation.