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23 Community ‘Resurgence’ celebrated UNIVERSITY OF WALES

TRINITY SAINT DAVID has played a leading role in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Resurgence at a three day event, which will also mark the 80th birthday of former monk and long-term peace and environment activist Satish Kumar, and 25 years of Schumacher College. It also coincides with the launch

of a new UWTSD partnership with Schumacher College in Devon, which will be delivered through a two centre MA programme in ecology and spirituality. UWTSD’s Dr Jane Davidson,

Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Stakeholder Engagement and Development and Director of INSPIRE, was invited to address the three day event, called ‘One Earth, One Humanity, One Future’, at Worcester College in Oxford, organised by the Resurgence Trust, joining 50 leading international speakers and change- makers. Dr Davidson’s talk on ‘The Well-

being of Future Generations. Can laws encourage governments to protect the interests of current and future generations in the common interests?’ was delivered last Friday (Sept 23). Dr Davidson was the Minister for

Sustainability in the previous Welsh Government who proposed the act and is now Director of the award winning Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) at UWTSD. The Well-being of Future

Generations Act requires public bodies within Wales to ensure that they make decisions that meet the needs of current

and future generations. Dr Davidson’s talk will highlight the work already being carried out at UWTSD in line with the act, towards a more sustainable and equitable future. Through its partnership with

Schumacher College, of which Satish is a founder and fellow, UWTSD’s programme in Ecology and Spirituality, is a timely development that will bring together the rich theological legacy of academic work at the university with the pioneering spiritual and ecological thinking developed to postgraduate level by Schumacher College over 25 years. The programme will explore the

role of spirituality, religion, philosophy, science and cultural narrative as both the underlying causes and the potential solutions to the systemic ecological crises in which we find ourselves, at both an individual and collective level. In addition to theoretical investigations, this programme will include rigorous experiential work which will make the programme a transformational journey for the individual student and the cohort as a whole. The MA in Ecology and Spirituality

will deliver modules in Science and Spirit, The Ecological Self, Indigeny Today, Sacred Activism, Environmental Philosophy, Religion and the Environment, Heavenly Discourse, Cosmology, Magic and Divination, Sacred Geography and Mythology. As part of ‘One Earth, One

Humanity, One Future’, Dr Davidson undertook a Resurgence 50th Celebration Pilgrimage Walk with Satish Kumar, together with students from Schumacher College, located in

50th Anniversary: Contributors to Resurgence

Devon. ‘One Earth, One Humanity, One

Future’ also marked the official launch of a documentary on Satish Kumar, with which Dr Davidson was closely involved. ‘Being an Earth Pilgrim’ is a

commemorative DVD series of six hour-long conversations, directly available from the Resurgence Trust, that chronicle and celebrate the life of Satish to mark his 80th birthday. In conversation with Dr Davidson, Satish speaks candidly and in depth about his philosophy, influences and inspiration. It was filmed at Satish’s home and Schumacher College in the summer of 2015. ‘One Earth, One Humanity, One

Future’ offered a rich melting pot of inspiring talks, thought-provoking conversations, stimulating panel discussions and stirring performances. Leading edge global speakers shared their latest ideas and ground-breaking solutions relating to climate change,

FUW Ceredigion tractor run is a great success THE CEREDIGION branch of

the Farmers’ Union of Wales held a successful 24 mile Tractor Run on Sunday, September 18, in aid of British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru, raising £540 for the charity. The group of 27 tractors left Gwili

Jones, Maesyfelin, Lampeter and traveled through Cwmann, and over the mountains to Llanddewi Brefi. The route continued across the Teifi Valley to Olmarch and the last leg went through Llwynygroes and Silian. FUW Ceredigion County

Executive Officer Mared Rand Jones said: “I am very happy with how much money we have managed to raise for our first ever tractor run – everyone enjoyed the route, so we can now build on it for an even bigger event next year!

“It was amazing to see so many

people join us in the fight against heart disease. It was for such a good cause

ecology, social justice, spirituality, the arts, and other interconnecting contemporary issues. The 50-plus speakers at the event

included spirit and science author, Fritjof Capra; activist and campaigner for farmers’ rights, soil and seeds, Vandana Shiva; Green MP Caroline Lucas; campaigner and celebrity chef, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall; and celebrated film maker Lord Puttnam. Other speakers were Simon Armitage, Charles Eisenstein, Bruce Lipton, Fiona Reynolds, Richard Long, Bill McKibben, Jonathon Porritt and Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Satish Kumar: With Dr Jane Davidson

Tractor Run: Raised over £500 for BHF Cymru

and I hope that we managed to raise awareness of how much of a problem heart disease is across Wales and the whole of the UK. “I would also like to thank all those

businesses who have donated prizes for our raffle on the day, all those who have participated in the tractor run and helped to make this event such a success.”

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