Thursday, 28 February 2013

'Animate Earth' a film about ecology, place and nature

Animate Earth - with the Cardiff Philosophy Cafe

Thursday 7 March 2013, 8.00pm, The Gate , Keppoch Street, Roath

FREE Admission

Modern humans have lost a vital connection to "animate Earth", says ecologist Stephan Harding . Re-connecting with the natural world and the true place of humans in the cosmos is the best route, he argues, to sustainable societies and economies.

Cardiff Philosophy CafĂ© as part of their ongoing 2013 event series 'The Future for Wales', is presenting a special showing of Animate Earth, a film written and presented by Dr Stephan Harding, renowned ecologist and colleague of James Lovelock. In the film, Dr Harding offers a view of our connection to nature that, through interviews undertaken with a variety of commentators, lays out a vision of interconnectedness that builds on the Gaia theory of the biosphere, together with Johann von Goethe‘s theories of the role of intuition in scientific knowledge. From this perspective, if we face an economic crisis now, then its causes can be traced to the lack of a meaningful connection with nature which characterises contemporary societies.

Following the film, a specially invited panel will lead a discussion on the issues it raises, reflecting on the links between them and their own work, and offering some thoughts on the future prospects for our relationships with place and nature in Wales.
 The panel includes a bio-archaeologist, a geographer and two artists, all of whose work features a strong relation to place. They are Dr. Jacqui Mulville, Dr. Jon Anderson, Glenn Davidson and Stefhan Caddick

The screening will take place on 7 March 2013, in the Theatre at The Gate, from 8pm, with the event finishing around 10.00pm.
Howard Gardens Library will be buying a copy of the DVD shortly

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