Workshop announcement!

November 10th, 5pm on Zoom

The importance of FEN's focus on biodiversity was highlighted at COP 26 when the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres said:"It’s time to say: Enough. Enough of brutalizing biodiversity"
The event will be opened by the President of United Nations Association of Australia NSW Division, Patricia Jenkings


We have already told you about our opening speakers, Marita Macrae and Jayden Walsh, and the opening case studies (see below if you missed it).

We can now confirm the workshops we will be offering you for the second half of our time together: You will be able to choose your preference from this array of options during the zoom gathering:

1.       Sharing Home with Pollinators and Pets. – Sr Valda Dickensen - Catholic 

2.       Native Bees – David Low - Jewish

3.       Reducing Meat Consumption – Vijai Singhal – Hindu

4.       Guardians of the Platypus Project  - Sue Martin - Catholic

5.       Parish Bush Regeneration - Ann Ellis - Anglican

6.       Community Composting - Peta Cox - Quaker

7.       Forest Monasteries as Habitat for Rare and Endangered Plants and Animals - Ayya Yeshi - Buddhist 

8.       Cleaning up a Creek - Nina Ajaj - Muslim 

9.       Learning from First Nations Peoples - Alison Overeem - Palawa - UCA

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Peace and Blessings

Anne Lanyon, Faith Ecology Network Co-ordinator

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Marita Macrae has been active in professional and volunteer bush regeneration mostly in the Pittwater area. She was a co-founder of Pittwater Natural Heritage Association in 1994 and is currently vice-president of the Avalon Preservation Trust. Other environmental memberships include the Australian Conservation Foundation, National Parks Association, Birds Australia and Australian Bush Heritage Fund. Her many Awards for bush regeneration include an OAM in 2004. Marita has been a Pitwater Environmental Foundation director since inception and is the current Chair.
Jayden Walsh is a self-taught naturalist who developed a passion for wildlife watching in 2013. His knowledge about birds in the Sydney basin is particularly strong and he has run wildlife tours and lectures for around 4 years. His days are spent studying a Bachelor of Biodiversity and Conservation and he spends his nights looking for rare and threatened species in his local area. Recently during his gap year Jayden ran as a candidate for the Northern Beaches Council election and traveled to Cape York with a group of birdwatchers.
After hearing from Marita and Jayden, we will be inspired by the work occurring at Brahma Kumaris Landcare, Blue Mts, include meditative gardening; Bahai’i Temple Bushcare, Ingleside; St Anthonys Terrey Hills Landcare/Sacred Forest Project...
Finally we will divide into workshop groups to hear about specific projects, as listed at the start of this email. 
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  • To share mutual appreciation of religious traditions regarding ecological insights
  • To discern and foster religious reasons for advocacy

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