Earth Keeping Summit: There is a Balm… Eco Justice, Renewal and Hope

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Earth Keeping Summit: There is a Balm… Eco Justice, Renewal and Hope
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The Earth Keeping Summit 2016 was held at the Ohio State University, School of Environment and Natural Resources. The summit went deeper than the importance of recycling, shutting off your lights and using less energy, and addressed questions of ecology, justice, and race. Dr. Melanie Harris was the keynote speaker of the event and also spoke on the importance of sharing stories. She is an Associate Professor of Religion at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.

Dr. Harris spoke of the importance of diversity in ecology and how social justice relates to the environmental movement. She talked about how sharing our stories and experiences plays a part in taking care of the environment and having a connection to the environment and to each other. In this environmental movement we must listen. We must reflect on our experiences. We must take race, class and gender very seriously. She gave the example of Eric Garner whose life was taken by police but before that he struggled with asthma. Melanie talked about our air and how the earth is barely breathing. When we heal our earth we will then heal ourselves.

Earth connection begins by sitting with difference. Sitting with nature and seeing things in a different kind of lens.
https://cehv.osu.edu/events/university-life-event-earthkeeping-summit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ_DJUTpd0U&authuser=0
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Earth Day
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Environmental History
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You can hear Melanie’s powerful message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ_DJUTpd0U&authuser=0
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