Press Releases 2016

University of Wales Trinity Saint David to Play Leading Role in Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Resurgence

21.09.2016

University of Wales Trinity Saint David is delighted to be playing a leading role in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Resurgence at a 3 day event, which will also mark the 80th birthday of former monk and long-term peace and environment activist Satish Kumar, and 25 years of Schumacher College.

It also coincides with the launch of a new UWTSD partnership with Schumacher College in Devon, which will be delivered through a two centre MA programme in ecology and spirituality.

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UWTSD’s Dr Jane Davidson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Stakeholder Engagement & Development and Director of INSPIRE, has been invited to address the 3 day event, called ‘One Earth, One Humanity, One Future’, at Worcester College in Oxford, organised by the Resurgence Trust, joining 50 leading international speakers and change-makers.

Dr Davidson’s talk on ‘The Well Being of Future Generations. Can laws encourage governments to protect the interests of current and future generations in the common interests,’ will be delivered on September 23.

Dr Davidson was the Minister for Sustainability in the previous Welsh Government who proposed the Act and is now Director of the award winning Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) at UWTSD. The Well-being of Future Generations Act requires public bodies within Wales to ensure that they make decisions that meet the needs of current and future generations. Dr Davidson’s talk will highlight the work already being carried out at UWTSD in line with the Act, towards a more sustainable and equitable future.

Through its partnership with Schumacher College, of which Satish is a founder and fellow, UWTSD’s programme in Ecology and Spirituality, is a timely development that will bring together the rich theological legacy of academic work at the University, with the pioneering spiritual and ecological thinking developed to postgraduate level by Schumacher College over 25 years. The programme will explore the role of spirituality, religion, philosophy, science and cultural narrative as both the underlying causes and the potential solutions to the systemic ecological crises in which we find ourselves, at both an individual and collective level. In addition to theoretical investigations, this programme will include rigorous experiential work which will make the programme a transformational journey for the individual student and the cohort as a whole.

The MA in Ecology and Spirituality will deliver modules in Science and Spirit, The Ecological Self, Indigeny Today, Sacred Activism, Environmental Philosophy, Religion and the Environment, Heavenly Discourse, Cosmology, Magic and Divination, Sacred Geography and Mythology.

As part of ‘One Earth, One Humanity, One Future’, Dr Davidson undertook a Resurgence 50th Celebration Pilgrimage Walk last weekend with Satish Kumar, together with students from Schumacher College, located in Devon.

‘One Earth, One Humanity, One Future’ will also mark the official launch of a documentary on Satish Kumar, which Dr Davidson is privileged to have been closely involved with. Being an Earth Pilgrim is a commemorative DVD series of six hour-long conversations, directly available from the Resurgence Trust, that chronicle and celebrate the life of Satish to mark his 80th birthday. In conversation with Dr Davidson, Satish speaks candidly and in depth about his philosophy, influences and inspiration. It was filmed at Satish’s home and Schumacher College in the summer of 2015.

‘One Earth, One Humanity, One Future’ offers a rich melting pot of inspiring talks, thought-provoking conversations, stimulating panel discussions and stirring performances. Leading edge global speakers will share their latest ideas and ground-breaking solutions relating to climate change, ecology, social justice, spirituality, the arts, and other interconnecting contemporary issues.

The 50-plus speakers booked include spirit and science author, Fritjof Capra; activist and campaigner for farmers' rights, soil and seeds, Vandana Shiva; Green MP Caroline Lucas; campaigner and celebrity chef, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall; and celebrated film maker Lord Puttnam. Other confirmed speakers include Simon Armitage, Charles Eisenstein, Bruce Lipton, Fiona Reynolds, Richard Long, Bill McKibben, Jonathon Porritt and Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Talks will be interspersed with spirited world dance and song performances.

ONE EARTH • ONE HUMANITY • ONE FUTURE More information : www.resurgence.org/R50event

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