Clearing the Path: Summit

Start: 2023-07-23 17:00:00 UTC Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London (GMT+00:00)

End: 2023-07-23 20:30:00 UTC Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London (GMT+00:00)

A link to attend this virtual event will be emailed upon RSVP

Clearing the Path
photo credit: Cynthia Klatte Cunningham
ORDER of the OAK presents:

"Clearing the Path, Sacred Actions for the Earth." a Free Summit.

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Date: Sunday, July 23, 2023
10 AM Pacific USA
1PM Eastern USA
6PM London UK time
7PM CET Europe

** Hello lovers of our Earth:
Join the ORDER of the OAK as we discuss the best strategies to navigate our current climate challenge on the Earth, by shedding light on issues that could help both bring about healing to the environment, as well as help facilitate us uniting collectively to give us more power to make the necessary changes. Here we ask, what can be done to ready us to take action in the world for environmental preservation and to unify our efforts?
This conference will be featuring prominent environmental lawyers and representatives that are active in the communities training, educating and mentoring youth and stewards to confidently navigate the changing landscape, as well as activist spiritual leaders. Speakers will address what work needs to be done, and what realizations need to be made to actually clear the path to accomplish setting the environment and relationships into balance before we move confidently down the path. Do any safeguards need to be put into place? How can we get onto the same page and have consensus? How can we make sure that our decisions are wise and not erroneously driven? How can we partner with those who have an understanding of caretakership and let true understanding lead the way, especially if we have forgotten the way? How do we apprentice with and form connections with Native Indigenous folks to learn from and support each other?
This Summit is featuring a Children's Fire, where the youth both highlight activities they are doing for the environment, as well as provide a platform for them to address us elders and adults on what they feel is important for us to include and consider as they take they step into their coming position as the new caretakers. An Elder fire keeper will light this fire for the children creating the container for our purposed prayer / intention at hand. One who holds the space for the coming generations and the continuation of the cycle of life. Together we will place our prayers into this holy fire as we hold up our sacred intention and move with the intention of safeguarding life on this planet.

Speakers include:
Mac Macartney - Author / Speaker
Stop Ecocide - Pella Thiel / Ecopsychology
Environmental Lawyer Paul Powlesland
Environmental Lawyer Will Falk
Gillian Kavanagh - Druid / Warriors Call
Les Malbon - Permaculturist / Sundancer

Linda Sever - Children's Voices on the Climate Crisis - Videos                                                                  

Merry Sams - Youth Podcaster / Poet

100 spots will currently be open to those who attend the event first. Tickets required but we will oversell event due to no shows. If you wish to make sure you get a seat, please sign in at the beginning of the event or close to the beginning. You can check in later if for some reason event is filled in case people leave event. Zoom only holds 100 participants.

Presenter's Bios:

Mac Macartney
Mac Macartney is a writer, an eco-peace activist, and an international speaker. He is the founder of Embercombe, a centre located in the UK that seeks to inspire and empower people to live in close relationship with nature and co-create a regenerative, flourishing future for all species. Mac was a member of Danone North America’s Advisory Committee (2017-19) as they made their journey towards attaining B Corp accreditation. In the past he has also sat on the sustainability advisory panels for Lafarge, Lend Lease, and Procter & Gamble.
Over a period of twenty years Mac was mentored by a group of indigenous elders. During this training and ever since, he has attempted to bring two worlds together – an ancient world-view that emphasizes relationship, interdependence, and reverence
for life, together with the significant challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century. Mac is the creator and mentor of a group called Kith & Kin. The purpose of Kith & Kin is to deepen connection with our own land, rediscover our songs, dances,
and ceremonies, and bravely bring our gifts forward for the benefit of all. Mac is the author of two books, the most recent being The Children’s Fire, heart song of a people. He has delivered four compelling TEDx talks.

Stop Ecocide - Pella Thiel

Pella Thiel is a maverick ecologist who works with relational, systemic activism, change processes and leadership för a society in harmony with nature. She is a knowledge expert in the UN Harmony with Natureinitiative and co-founder of swedish hubs of international networks like Swedish Transition Network, End Ecocide Sweden and Save the Rainforest Sweden. She also teaches ecopsychology and is a part of the eco-psychology/art/activist NGO Lodyn. Pella coordinated the first Earth Rights Conferences in Sweden. She has an MSc in Ecology from Stockholm University with the thesis on rainforest restoration in Ecuador. She enjoys pigs, having her hands in the soil at the smallholding in the archipelago of Stockholm where she lives, whisky and playing with people who truly love what they are doing.

Paul Powlesland:
Founder of Lawyers for Nature
Paul Powlesland is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers who specializes in upholding the rights of environmental activists to protest and protect the natural world, and uses environmental law and regulations to defend trees, rivers and wildlife. As a boat dweller for many years, he is also determined to protect the rights of boaters and other Traveller groups.[1]
On 12 September 2022, Paul Powlesland was threatened with arrest in Parliament Square in London for being a Blank Paper Protestor in relation to the #NotMyKing campaign.[2]
In March 2023, Paul Powlesland was one of more than 120 lawyers who, organized by a group called Lawyers Are Responsible, published a Declaration of Conscience in which they said they will refuse to act for new fossil fuel projects or to prosecute members of campaign groups opposing new fossil fuel projects, such as Extinction Rebellion, Insulate Britain and Just Stop Oil.[3]

Les Malbon:
Les Malbon: received the Provost teaching award for excellence in (Indigenous Ways of Being and Knowing), and completed a United Nations diploma at the University of Peace (Earth Charter Institute in Costa Rica) in Sustainability and Peace Studies. A Professor Emeritus at Vancouver Island University in the Department of Kinesiology, he is a permaculturist and a trained herbalist from both a Western and Indigenous perspective, as well as a Sundancer and community builder. He works closely with Chief Rueben George.

Gillian Kavanagh:                                                                                                                                                 Artist Activist Druid and Dowser; - Co Founder of The Warriors Call. Founder of Chorley & South Ribble Anti- Fracking group, a Nana of Lancashire, Member of the Bards, Ovates and Druids, Founder of Facebook page “Druid Shaman- Call of the Wild,” Published Poet working with scientists to highlight global issues we face using activism as words in the Hot Sparks Poetry book. Just finished working on the recently released Documentary “Never Forget Tibet” featuring HH the Dalai Lama and the challenges facing Tibetans today, and a member of the British Association of Dowsers. Gillian is a strong believer in the power of ceremony to bring community together in harmony with the earth and water, organized several ceremonies and rituals at PNR, with pagan groups and at sacred sites like Castlerigg stone circle, and in Glastonbury, brought the Dalai Lama’s Guyto monks and Lakota Medicine Man, William Hawk, to the gates of PNR to bless the community and bring prayers of protection and healing to the land and sentient beings. A keen wild swimmer and singer of sacred chants and mantras, Gillian is an Earth and Water protector bringing the sacred into the everyday.

Will Falk: is a writer, lawyer, and environmental activist. The natural world speaks and Will’s work is how he listens. He believes the ongoing destruction of the natural world is the most pressing issue confronting us today. For Will, writing is a tool to be used in resistance.  Will graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School and practiced as a public defender in Kenosha, WI. He left the public defender office to pursue frontline environmental activism. So far, activism has taken him to the Unist’ot’en Camp – an indigenous cultural center and pipeline blockade on unceded Wet’suwet’en territory in so-called British Columbia, Canada, to a construction blockade on Mauna Kea in Hawai’i, to endangered pinyon-juniper forests in the Great Basin, and to Thacker Pass in northern Nevada where Will is trying to stop an open pit lithium mine from destroying a beautiful mountain pass..  His writing has been published by CounterPunch, Earth Island Journal, CATALYST Magazine, Whole Terrain, Dark Mountain Project, the San Diego Free Press, and The Wayfarer among others. His first book How Dams Fall was published in August, 2019 by Homebound Publications. His second book When I Set the Sweetgrass Down, a full-length collection of poetry, was released by Homebound Publications on April 11, 2023.

Merry Sams: Youth Podcaster, Poet

Dr. Linda Sever - Children's Voices on the Climate Crisis - Videos.                                                                       Linda Sever is a Documentary Filmmaker, Member of Druid Network and OBOD, Director of Heathen Women United, Seidr Practitioner and teacher.  Environmental activist / Anti-Fracker.


Special Mention: to Bob Walley for Editing our Children's Voices on Climate Crisis Videos.

Bob Walley:  Professional Doctorate of Education (EdD) Researcher in Climate Change Engagement and Communication.  Freelance Creative and Visual Arts Community Project Coordinator, Environmental Artist and Film Maker


ORDER of the OAK

-Stuart Jeffery, OBOD Member, Druid and Order of the Oak Organizer.
-Mari Fix McEwen, Founder of Ancestors of the 4 Directions, Elder in the Indigenous Grandmothers of      Europe. OBOD Member and Order of the Oak Organizer.

Ceremonialist:                                                                                                                                                     -Harriet Sams: OBOD Member, Druid and Order of the Oak Organizer, Ceremonialist.

Order of the Oak Organizers, Team and Tech support:
Harriet Sams, Cynthia Klatte Cunningham, Linda Sever, Saga Bond, Samantha Bodwell, David, Kite, Ingrid.  (my apologies if I forgot anyone in the list above) from ORDER OF THE OAK

About the Order of the Oak
The Order of the Oak is a volunteer, international, group of Druids who advocate, advise, and take real world action to conserve, restore, and protect our divine planet in the face of unprecedented climate change caused by human industrialization and pollution.

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