22nd March: 7.30pm
Loving Earth: The Civic Conversation
This invitation to gather with fellow citizens has been prompted by the host’s heartening encounters with the Loving Earth Project, a civic initiative, conceived and developed by Quakers in Britain and involving contributions from diverse people in other parts of the world, including here in Belfast.
Loving Earth celebrates places, people, and other living and non-living things that we love but which are threatened by the climatic and ecological emergencies. It offers a way to engage creatively and constructively with difficult issues, without being overwhelmed. Participants in Loving Earth create small textile panels, along with some accompanying text, that communicate how our ways of living and being can affect places, people and things that we love.
The question that will be the central focus of this event is: What does ‘loving Earth’ mean to me? The intention is that all those participating will have opportunity, in conversation with others, to share their thoughts and feelings in response to this question. In the course of what will be a largely conversational session, there will be a few brief presentational episodes when several invited guests – including a few of those who have contributed panels to the Loving Earth Project – will share their reflections on what loving the Earth means to them.
The event will be hosted and facilitated by Denis Stewart, an enthusiast for conversation in civic gatherings and a member of the International Futures Forum.
A selection of 50 panels will be on display in South Belfast for most of the Imagine! Festival as part of an associated exhibition.
Learn more: lovingearth-project.uk