Events DetailsDate: February 2, 2021 - February 23, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location DetailsEvent Location:
Online, online, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Our current civilization is currently hurtling headlong toward catastrophe, as a result of climate breakdown, ecological overshoot, and gaping inequalities. Redirecting humanity’s trajectory will require transformation at a foundational level: moving from a wealth-based, extractive civilization to one that is life-affirming—an Ecological Civilization.
This course of four classes will review the concept of an ecological civilization from multiple perspectives. The first class will lay out a deep historical context, describing the impact of culture and values on history, and introducing the vision of an ecological civilization in contrast to our current society. The second class will explore the ontological and ethical parameters of an ecological civilization. The third class will delve into specifics of what an ecological civilization might look like in practice; and the final class will trace realistic pathways to a life-affirming future—and invite participants to explore their own engagement in laying the groundwork.
Each class will consist of presentations, full group discussion, and small group exercises.
Class 1 | Ecological Civilization in Historical Context
Class 2 | Ecological Civilization: Worldview and Values
Class 3 | An Ecological Civilization in Practice
Class 4 | Pathways to an Ecological Civilization
Jeremy Lent is an author whose writings investigate the patterns of thought that have led our civilization to its current existential crisis. His recent book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, explores the way humans have made meaning from the cosmos from hunter-gatherer times to the present day. He is founder of the non-profit Liology Institute, dedicated to fostering an integrated worldview that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably on the Earth. His upcoming book, The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe, will be published in June 2021 by New Society Publishers (USA/Canada) and Profile Books (UK & Commonwealth). Jeremy writes topical articles exploring the deeper patterns of political and cultural developments at Patterns of Meaning.
Date: 4 Tuesday, Feb 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Contact DetailsEmail: [email protected]
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