TOWARDS A FLOURISHING FUTURE

   Meet Indigenous Leaders in London
   7th-11th September 2019
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Human activity has profoundly altered our climate and the environment.

Modern Lifestyles have caused many of us to lose touch with the natural world, disconnecting us from our planet, the other species with which we share it, and each other.

We are only beginning to understand what this means for our collective future; there are many unknowns. Given the likely scale of the impact, ensuring a collective habitable future demands practices that will foster, prize, support, defend and generate diversity at every possible level.

Communities of people living in Indigenous ‘wisdom traditions’ across the world maintain these connections.

They offer us alternatives we desperately need to embrace. Their traditions still care for and enhance the flourishing of diversity - conserving the multi-species relationships on which planetary well-being depends

According to the UN, there are an estimated 370-500 million indigenous people in the world, in 90 countries.

Indigenous communities lead on protecting the environment. They are practitioners of unique cultures and ways of living – often in harmony with nature. In fact, research shows that when indigenous groups have control of the land, forests and biodiversity flourishes.

It is time to consider the insight and the role of indigenous people at a global-scale.

Next week Indigenous People from across the world are descending upon London to take part in the Flourishing Diversity Series.

We kick off with the Gaia Spirit Movement Saturday Sept 7 along the Thames in partnership with Daniel Raven-Ellison and hashtag#LondonNationalParkCity. Followed by three days of our Summit UCL and four evenings of Listening Sessions across London.

THE FIRST GATHERING OF ITS KIND IN LONDON

The FLOURISHING DIVERSITY SERIES invites you to a unique opportunity to listen, dialogue, and participate with Indigenous leaders from across the world.

Wisdom traditions hold many of the answers to our most pressing problems concerning the climate crisis and environmental protection.

​It’s time to consider them at the global-scale.

From the 7th - 11th of September, Flourishing Diversity will host a series of events across London that build collaboration and help us to see what we can all do to better live in harmony with the delicate systems of this planet, our only home.

7 SEPT 10.30am - 7pm

Take part in a moving meditation dedicated to Gaia, our Earth, along the life blood of London, the River Thames.

The event begins with a water ceremony led by the Arhuaco  and is held in partnership with the London National Park City initiative, XR Youth, XR Internationalist Solidarity Network. 

8-11 SEPT EVENINGS

We are calling upon strong Western voices to ‘donate’ the power of their voice.

Instead of speaking we are asking high profile individuals from the worlds of film, business and conservation, to listen to someone whose voice might otherwise go unheeded and whose wisdom offers alternative frameworks of being and thinking.

9-11  SEPT DAYTIME

The Summit will create an intentional space at UCL for the representatives of Indigenous traditions and a diverse group of leading experts to share their wisdom, ideas and strategies to address contemporary environmental challenges.

​Open to all, each day includes teachings and exploration on a different theme.

INDIGENOUS LEADERS

Listen to and ineract with Indigenous leaders from the San, the Arhuaco, the Ashaninka, the Guarani, the Idu Mishmi and the Bishnoi.

​At Independence Mr.ǂOma Tsamkxao was elected the  "Ju/'hoanTraditional Authority.
Deeply committed to egalitarian social processes, Mr. ǂOma has worked tirelessly to promote the institutions and environmental management principles on which the Nyae Nyae Conservancy is based. 
Inhabiting the fragile Kalahari ecosystem for thousands of years as hunter-gatherers, the Ju/’hoan San have established the Nyae Nyae Conservancy, the first internationally recognized land conservancy in Namibia.

DAY 1 - SACRED LANDS

Monday 9th Sep @ UCL, Taviton Street

Sacred Lands explores the relationships between people and the lands they inhabit.

Learning from the guardians of diversity about their governance structures, natural resource management, and resistance against extractive industry and industrial agriculture that homogenises environments and people.

A special focus will be placed on Brazil.

DAY 2 - MOTHER EARTH

Tuesday 10th Sep @ UCL, Taviton Street

Mother Earth day is devoted to delving into the systems that care, nurture and regenerate healthy, thriving communities and landscapes.

We consider the vital importance of reinstating feminine principals to all our approaches and global systems. The understanding of Earth as a 'Mother' who has birthed the astonishing diversity of species on which earthly life depends, is both ancient and global.

It will also explore the importance women hold at this time, whether as physical mothers or creators and leaders of projects and movements, in assuring the flourishing of diversity and human blossoming. 

DAY 3 - BUILDING ALLIANCES FOR DIVERSITY 

Wednesday 11th Sep @ UCL, Taviton Street

Building Alliances for Diversity explores the role of partnerships and working with shared intentions to regenerate, protect, conserve and enhance indigenous communities, their lands, food security and ecosystems.

The day will explore how collaborative networks can support indigenous peoples’ Territories of Life.

 

Register to join us for one or all three days of The Summit, a collaborative and participatory space where representatives of these indigenous traditions will share their wisdom, ideas and strategies to address contemporary environmental challenges. 

​Open to all, each day includes teachings and exploration on a different theme.

   Meet Indigenous Leaders in London 7th-11th