Ritual of amends, healing planned near Cascade Shores Nov. 2
Earth Justice Ministries is sponsoring a ritual amends making and healing for Mother Earth to take place at 1 p.m. Nov. 2, at a commercially logged site just beyond Cascade Shores in Nevada County. The purpose of this ritual is to affirm the inherent rights of Mother Earth, to make amends for harm done, to pray for healing, and to empower human beings to defend the rights of Mother Earth and all beings, according to a press release.
The ritual will include spoken word, prayer, music, dance, and the planting of seeds. It will be based on the Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, which was affirmed at the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth on April 22, 2010, in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The ritual’s primary focus will be on the following words from the Declaration: “We, the peoples of Earth are all part of Mother Earth, an indivisible, living community of interrelated and interdependent beings with a common destiny. Each human being is responsible for respecting and living in harmony with Mother Earth.”
Participants are invited to meet at the parking lot on Nevada Street in Nevada City at 12:15 p.m., to leave at 12:30 p.m. sharp to carpool in a caravan to the site, which is just beyond Cascade Shores. Sierra Pacific Industries clearcut the area four years ago, treated it with herbicides to prevent undesired native species from growing back, and replanted it selectively with trees to create an “even-aged forest.”
According to forest practices watchdog Forests Forever, “More of the Sierra Nevada has been clearcut by SPI than anyone else — and the company plans to clearcut 50 to 60 percent of its holdings over the next century, denuding 750,000 to 900,000 acres of Sierra forests… The clearcuts left by SPI are turned into even-aged tree plantations, an agricultural approach to forestry that leans heavily on application of pesticides to clear competitive species that might slow the growth of commercially valuable trees…. These single-species plantations lack completely the biodiversity found in a natural forest. Because of this, plantations make poor wildlife habitat.”
For updated information go to the Facebook event Healing Ritual for Mother Earth at the Earth Justice Ministries Facebook page or contact Earth Justice Ministries through their website at http://earth-justice.org/.
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