Monday, 20 April 2015

The Biophilia Project Full Text

An alignment of self with nature

A thought for the future - 2020 vision
To build a liberating legacy for enlightening tomorrow's children

Evolving Philosophy - outline of the journey

An odyssey of individual & collective enterprise to define & develop models & steps towards a future in which humanity could live in enriching harmony with nature. Nature being ourselves, fellow animals & our ecosystem - the biosphere of Planet Earth.

Mindful of the passage of time, reconnecting to the phases of sun and moon - the seasons of Earth as well as our flesh and bone - celebrating adolescence, adulthood and the changes into elders status.

Embracing tree life. We coexist with trees in a symbiotic relationship rooted in breathing out CO2, the fuel for trees, who exhale our oxygen. The damage done to Earth's trees has now reached catastrophic levels and those they foster, our plant and animal species, are also declining at an alarming rate.

To tread gently around Goffin’s tree life introducing new genetic identity in creating harmonious accord with the resident hosts.

A respect for the Mother Pelican “Working hypothesis” that:

“The patriarchal culture of control and domination is the root of all social and ecological violence. It corrupted the original unity of man and woman (cf. Genesis 3:16) and is now disrupting the harmony between humanity and the human habitat”

To explore practices for synergistic co-operation where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. An acknowledgement that best prospects for a creative collectively enriching journey require commitment to a social responsibility that is both above & inclusive of self interest.

To nurture the concept of collaborative community, openly embracing the recognised behavioural realities of our species & practicing to steer them for the benefit of the common good. To be actively engaged in attempts to transcend the negative traits in the human “animal” in pursuit of a philosophy grounded in the Bioregional One Planet Principles.

To be as "off grid" and independent as possible. To stimulate biodiversity and nurture the local biosphere. To experiment with innovations in permaculture where permaculture is defined as. 

Care of the Earth   ---   Care of the People   ---   Share the Surplus
(In the words of Satish Kumar: Soil, Soul, Society)

To open doors onto the wisdom and ingenuity of our species and to relay these creative practices that have benefited us, our planet and its biodiversity.

The overall project is to create a green oasis from the stress of the modern life offering therapeutic, learning and play opportunities to community, fellow travellers and those is need of a helping hand.

To build a liberating legacy for enlightening tomorrow's children.

The links below are to  pioneering organisations / communities which generally resonate with me. I trust readers will find some common ground with these ideas which are spreading widely in the 21st Century. 

My hope is to follow the lead given by these organisations in a practical but small way, whilst respecting neighbours and the local community.

The overall ambition is to create the foundations for an ongoing project exploring creative and enriching non mainstream ways of "being" with each other and our natural environment.

The journey for me is to explore an analytical conscious application of our cognitive potential in light of our knowledge of the unique individual - the individual that is moulded by the dominant authority, media, education, group culture etc. 

John Yates  ....  July 2013

Camp Kernow, near Truro, Cornwall, is an award-winning organisation with an innovative off-grid environmental adventure centre dedicated to reconnecting and engaging children with the natural environment and inspiring them to live more sustainably.

Tamera in Southern Portugal is an international training and experimental site for the development of peace research villages and healing biotopes worldwide. "Those who don`t want war need a vision for peace".

Embercombe is a charity and social enterprise established to champion a way of living that celebrates the opportunities inherent in this challenging time and that inspires people to contribute  energetically towards the emergence of a socially just, environmentally sustainable and spiritually fulfilling human presence on earth.

The Centre for Alternative Technology, CAT, is an education and visitor centre which demonstrates practical solutions for sustainability. It covers all aspects of green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing.

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