Posted on October 22, 2014 by Christopher Thrall

On Nov 7-8, attend the third annual conference centered on the topic of our relationship with the land.

by KATELYN GAEL

windmill user Wilson HuiOn November 7th and 8th, Augustana will be hosting “Respecting the Land: Transition to a New Economy,” the third annual conference that has been centered on the topic of relationship with the land. This year’s theme will focus on how we can respect the land by “living within the gifts and limits of our world.” Community members and students alike are encouraged to come out to this event, and engage in a new way of thinking and participating in the world.

There is no doubt that we as a society live outside of our means; the rate we consume resources is not sustainable, and something has got to change. The more information surfaces about how unsustainable our society is and how much we are damaging and depleting the world, the more overwhelming the situation becomes, we are often unsure what we could possibly do to make a difference.

“Respecting the Land: Transition to a New Economy” suggests that people are already making steps to transition to a more sustainable and healthy future by discussing what is changing, and what anyone can do to join in the change as well. The conference will take a look at a number of ways to live within the limits and gifts of the world: the consumption of food in a way that is beneficial instead of detrimental to the environment, smooth transitions to alternative energy sources, how the concept of localization is economically beneficial, and how creating healthy communities can completely change our experience as humans.

The conference will host 3 plenary speakers: James Magnus-Johnston, the Canadian Director of the Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, on the topic of community led transitions to a post growth economy, Mike Unrau with Calgary Dollars, on the topic of local money systems, and Duane Guina of Farmland Legacies, on creating a better food system. There will also be break out sessions led by a number of local experts on Saturday from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, and 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm. By the end of the conference, participants will be equipped with practical ways and local examples of living within the gifts of natural and human systems.

a07Nov - Spirit of the Land Conference

a07Nov – Spirit of the Land Conference

Camrose, and Augustana itself, has a wonderful community and incredible potential to transition to a new economy. This conference will not only engage participants in thinking about and discussing how the Camrose community can transition to a new economy, it will offer ways act on it.

Registration is now open, and you can register online. Early bird registration rates apply until October 31st: for students the conference is free for Friday evening or $10 for the whole conference, $10 Friday night or $35.00 for the whole conference for community members, and $50 for a couple to attend the whole conference. After October 31st, all prices will increase.

If you would like more information about the Respecting the Land Conference, please email: spiritoftheland1@gmail.com, or view the website at spiritoftheland.ca.


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