“Earth Day 2022: Life Force” Recording Available

Tara C. Trapani

Last week, Union Theological Seminary's Center for Earth Ethics wove a rich tapestry of creative offerings and thoughtful reflections into an Earth Day event titled “Earth Day 2022: Life Force.

This inspiring event included talks by people such as Bill McKibben, Karenna Gore, and Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., but also musical performances, dance, recitation, and more. The entire three-hour event was recorded, and we're pleased to share that recording with you, here. 

From the event site:
This Earth Day, we are thinking about untapped creative power: the ways of thinking, doing and being that our commodified, globalized, fossil-fueled society tends to dominate and devour. Life Force is an opportunity for people to regenerate creativity while working toward a climate-safe future. 

We live in the time of climate emergency, but it is also a time when we are more equipped than ever to work together. We can foster communities that celebrate our differences, yet never lose sight of our common humanity. We can dispel the illusion of our separateness from nature. We can look to our roots, the Earth, the elements, and all the interconnected life around us that ultimately make our own lives possible. We can reimagine the economy away from relentless extractivism and exploitation. We must become an unstoppable counterforce to the stunted thinking that has hampered efforts to avert ecological breakdown. Let’s spend an afternoon tending to the best of the human spirit, which is part and parcel of the life force that animates our planet. Earth Day 2022 is an opportunity for tapping into the creative energy that flows through each of us, a counterpoint to the overload of information and analysis that can leave us depleted and exhausted—and a boost to get us to the other side. Join us as we gather with artists, poets, thought leaders and climate scientists who are reimagining and recasting how we experience the greatest challenge of our time.

Watch the full event, below. 

Go here for more information on the speakers and artists who were involved and to view the full program.