BELFAST — Susie O’Keeffe will lead a discussion concerning the root causes of humanity’s ecological impact, Tuesday, October 1, at 6:30 p.m., at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street.
Since the 1970s, 60% of the wildlife on the planet has been lost due to human activities. The planet’s vital life systems, including the climate, the oceans and forests are collapsing. For most, this is devastating news, and yet envisioning a way to end this carnage seems impossible.
As a research associate at the College of the Atlantic, Susie O’Keeffe is focused on understanding the underlying reasons for this catastrophe, and exploring the cultural changes required to move people from a system of destruction and domination, to one of restoration and reciprocity.
“I work on a project I call the Art of Reciprocity,” said O’Keeffe, in a news release. “It explores how Modernity functions on a very thin slip of awareness. Our capacities for broader consciousness have profoundly atrophied under the story of dominion. This deterioration allows us to do terrible damage.”
The talk will explore what O’Keeffe has outlined as the four central elements of reciprocity, and how these can replace the idea of sustaining the current system with a new paradigm based on the restoration of the natural world.
“This is not going to happen without sacrifice,” O’Keeffe said. “However, we have amazing examples of sacrifice in our history, the most famous being the World Wars. Our generation must stand up, sacrifice, and start restoring the natural abundance for its own sake, and that of the coming generations.”
This change, O’Keeffe believes, requires a way of being, learning and perceiving that is entirely new to most people. The Art of Reciprocity is about learning this new way of being in the world.
This program is free and open to all. For more information call the library at 207-338-3884 ext.10.