Books, Poetry, Art and More

Brand New To Christian Animism? Some ideas for where to start learning

Advocacy, Action and Climate Justice

  1. ASLE Website: The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) seeks to inspire and promote intellectual work in the environmental humanities and arts. Our vision is an inclusive community whose members are committed to environmental research, education, literature, art and service, environmental justice, and ecological sustainability.
  2. Big Lonely Doug: The Story of One of Canada’s Last Great Trees By Harley Rustad
  3. Dark Mountain Project Website
  4. Ecologist: Informed by Nature Website: Environmental Affairs Platform
  5. Ecopeace Middle East Website: Founded in 1994, organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists to promote cooperative efforts to protect shared environmental heritage.
  6. Edge Effect Podcast The official podcast of EDGE EFFECTS, the digital magazine produced by the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE) in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Each episode features interviews with path-breaking thinkers about cultural and environmental change across the full sweep of human history
  7. Fight the Fire: Green New Deals and Global Climate Jobs. Free Download By Jonathan Neele
  8. Honor the Earth.org Indigenous led intiatives to address climate chaos, destruction from fossil fuels, how to be protectors of creation. Welcome Water Protectors. The Rights of Nature. Letters to Enbridge
  9. Indigenous Knowledge Commons
  10. Meet Queen Quet, Leader of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Interview with Marquetta L Goodwine in Fordham News by Chris Gosier 12/20
  11. Planetary Solidarity: Global Women’s Voices on Christian Doctrine and Climate Justice  By Graci Ji-Sun Kim, Hilda P Koster Eds.
  12. Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe in Resistance Directed by Suez Taylor: LN3 features indigenous firebrands Winona Laduke, Tara Houska, and poet-hip hop artist ThomasX, as they lead an alliance to take on Big Oil and their enablers at the institutional level, and on the frontlines. This is the battle for Earth.
  13. Sharing the Earth: An International Environmental Justice Reader. Edited by Elizabeth Ammons and Modhumita Roy
  14. Silent Spring By Rachel Carson
  15. Soil and Soul: People Versus Corporate Power by Alastair McIntosh
  16. The Mother Tree Project
  17. Upstander Project Website
  18. https://www.resurgence.org/

Animism

Art, Cinema and Video Explorations of Creation

A collaboration with plants in two parts by Ian Campbell

A Line Made by Walking. Richard Long 1967. Nature has always been recorded by artists, from prehistoric cave paintings to twentieth-century landscape photography. I too wanted to make nature the subject of my work, but in new ways. I started working outside using natural materials like grass and water, and this evolved into the idea of making a sculpture by walking … My first work made by walking, in 1967, was a straight line in a grass field, which was also my own path, going ‘nowhere’. In the subsequent early map works, recording very simple but precise walks on Exmoor and Dartmoor, my intention was to make a new art which was also a new way of walking: walking as art.
(Tufnell 2007, p.39.)

Anne Campbell Artist from Isle of Lewis: My work is concerned with place, specifically with my native island of Lewis and the village of Bragar where my family have lived for many generations. I have always been interested in the interaction between the land and the living things which spend their lives here or pass through: the traces left behind, whether on the earth and stones or in the memory and imagination. I have studied this interaction through the disciplines of art, ecology and archaeology.

Ecoarts on the Palouse

Enough is Enough Karine Polwart and Oi Musica and the Soundhouse Choir. Video: What the Earth might say to us. This piece of music has been composed with the express purpose of inviting choirs, street bands and community groups to learn and perform it, and join an exciting, collective musical response to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) which will be held in Glasgow in November 2021.

Hamish Fulton: Walking Artist

Literary and Cultural Plant Studies Network at the University of Arizona

Miyazaki’s Animism Abroad: The Reception of Japanese Religious Themes by American and German Audiences by Eriko Ogihara-Shchuck

Nature: Documents of Contemporary Art. Ed by Jeffrey Kastner: “Nature, as both subject and object, has repeatedly been rejected and reclaimed by artists over the last half century. With the dislocation of disciplinary boundaries in visual culture, art that is engaged with nature has also forged connections with a new range of scientific, historical and philosophical ideas. Developing technologies make our interventions into natural systems both increasingly refined and profound. And advances in biological and telecommunication technology continually modify the way we ‘present’ ourselves. So too are artistic representations of nature (human and otherwise) being transformed.

The Living Stage: The Living Stage combines stage design, permaculture and community engagement to create a recyclable, biodegradable and edible performance space. Part theatre and part garden, the project collaborates with local permaculturists to build ‘living’ stages that are specific to site and community. The Living Stage considers ecological principles and environmental impact as opportunities rather than constraints: ethics that can illuminate, and be integral to aesthetics.

Robert McFarlane on Landscape and the Human Heart

Stress Call of the Stinging Nettle

Decolonization and Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery.

The Doctrine of Discovery established a spiritual, political, and legal justification for colonization and seizure of land not inhabited by Christians. Foundational elements of the Doctrine of Discovery can be found in a series of papal bulls, or decrees, beginning in the 1100s, which included sanctions, enforcements, authorizations, explusions, admonishments, excommunications, denunciations, and expressions of territorial sovereignty for Christian monarchs supported by the Catholic Church. From: https://upstanderproject.org/firstlight/doctrine

Fiction

  • The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • The Stone By Louise Erdrich Short Story from The New Yorker Sept 2019
  • Tree By Melina Semphill Watts told from the perspective of a 229 year old Live Oak Tree in California

Memoir and Literary Reflections

Poetry

Rewilding and Conservation

Science and Reflection about Mother Earth

Solastalgia This is a term coined by Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht, referring to the distress human beings feel in reaction to the destruction of the natural world around them due to climate chaos, and also those whose localities have been destroyed by industrial encroachment and environmental disaster.

Spirituality, Culture, Philosophy and Theology