Apr Sep 2017
Women and Nature have been undervalued by a patriarchal world. So too the eco-feminine as a principle - as can be seen in the way poetry, the arts, natural resources, softness and nurturance, the small and the simple have all been under-recognised and under-valued in the masculine world of politics, technology and economics of endless growth. We explore this theme through stories and essays - as it so happens, mostly by women.
It is important to rejoice in the eco-feminine! To savour its nurturance and wisdom, to dignify its value in these times of climate change, to respect its persistence and grit. We need to go beyond an apologetic “this is all that I am able to do”, and celebrate the connection between ecology and the feminine as an idea whose time has come.
This is a great quote from Paul Goodman:
We need as many ways as possible to encourage ecologically wise living on Earth. This is the belief with which the Bhoomi Network has installed an annual award for community-based local ecological projects. Through this award, we hope to –
“From a Gaian point of view, we humans are an experiment — a young trial species still at odds with ourselves and other species, still not having learned to balance our own dance within that of our whole planet…” , says Elisabet Sahtouris
Aliston Texeira: “Nature is not a place to visit - it is home... I plan to use the Sharavathi Rainforest farm space to create a central repository for all types of useful plants, local and exotic, while studying and making accessible to others, indigenous knowledge of ecosystem interactions and ways of living.”
Hema Bapat: “When I began the Sustainable Living course in Bhoomi, little did I imagine that I would get so committed to reviving the Hado Siddhapura Lake. It may be a long journey, but with so many people who are suppporting me, it seems possible for an ordinary person like me.”
“Though a new term, it is embedded in ancient wisdom. Archeological evidence suggested that there were many ancient societies where women were not considered subordinate to men; where Earth was treated with respect and reverence and not as an object to exploite and dominate. ”