Community Organising: Guardians of the Forest. Bioregion: Tropical Rainforest (Southeast Asia).
Traditional forest knowledge for spiritual, ecological and cultural transformation.
In this module we explore the power of community and group participation in developing advocacy and conservation work. Building on previous work on community-led action for forest care, this module will present landmark participatory work seeking to defend some of the most endangered forests in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
27 July 2021:
Workshop 1 led by Boro Baski on tribal land law, livelihood and human security among Adivasi forest communities in Khyrasole Forest, West Bengal.
Workshop 2 by Amal Dissanayake on indigenous communities in Nilgala Forest and the significance of traditional ecological knowledge in enhancing conservation and animal co-habitation in Sri Lanka.
4 August 2021:
Workshop 1 led by Mina Susana Setra on forest advocacy, food security and the importance of engaging new generations of indigenous people in forest advocacy in Indonesia.
Workshop 2 led by Alistair McIntosh on the power of place and connecting the people of the Elema in the Gulf of Papua with Scottish local communities in Eigg through spiritual activism.
Guardians of the Forest
Alastair McIntosh #
Alastair is one of the world’s leading environmental campaigners, distinguished in his ability to join together the outer and inner life. His book Spiritual Activism explores such paths of reconnection of the inner and outer worlds, which he argues is nothing less than learning how to sustain the flow of life. If we don’t do this, he states, “then our work will fall on stony ground, we’ll burn out or we’ll sell out.”