New Project Proposal for Funding
in the age of global climate change and environmental devastation
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
According to indigenous beliefs, the consciousness of nature is present in all ecosystems and all creatures. We can think of the consciousness of nature as spirit itself. In Latin spiritus means breath, and life. The four elements that support and sustain all life are believed to have spirits held within them. Earth, air, fire, and water spirits communicate with us, if only we would listen.
Consider for a moment, the earth is a sentient being, which implies everything on earth is alive. If this is so, then the soul of the world would be expressed through all of the wondrous and marvelous forms of life that have shaped the whole of the biosphere. Traditional peoples have long understood that living systems are all interconnected and we that we too, connect with the Spirit realms of Nature. Our stories, myths, legends, and healing, come through listening to, and observing Nature. This is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned from native / first peoples from around the world over the course of my decades long career.
“Spirits Rising” will examine both our sacred relationship to Nature, and the fallout from the newly designated Anthropocene Epoch; the sixth extinction climate scientists believe we now face. This is the age in which human activities have significantly altered our world and caused changes that wouldn’t otherwise exist. Climate change, environmental destruction, along with the extinction of untold numbers of species annually, (58% between 1970 and 2012) is the most relevant and important issue facing our world today. We can no longer ignore the effects of our behavior upon the planet. It is said by indigenous elders that spirits are rising up from the elemental realms of earth, and air, and fire, and water…sounding the alarm that our planet is in peril. Our first relationship to the earth is sacred and this work will serve as a reminder.
“Spirits Rising” will take me to places and communities directly in the path of climate change and other forms of devastation. This project will explore the sacred alongside the visceral outrage of the planet’s hidden voices as a result of our environmental war against the earth.
The four elements; earth, air, fire, and water, will serve to contextualize the visual narrative, and bring to light critical issues of our time.
If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact me: IturiSun@gmail.com