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January 26th 2017:Eco-Spirituality and the Global Environmental Crisis

This episode explores the current global climate and environmental challenges our planet faces. It recognizes that "transformative change is needed" and "business as usual is not an option”. We cannot make the needed shift to “a world that works for all,” that “leaves no one behind,” unless we make real transformative changes in our world-views, practices and policies. World-views contain our core assumptions about the nature of reality and our purpose in life. They need to shift to a deep sense of interconnectedness, respect and care for the whole community of life and future generations. I

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Karenna Gore

Karenna Gore is Director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Well known for her worldwide appearances supporting environmental, climate, and social justice issues, she is credited by many with significantly furthering the message her father Al Gore's Nobel Prize winning work in support of environmental and climate health. In this regard the Center for Earth Ethics sponsors programs in eco-ministry, sustainability and global affairs, and The Original Caretaker's Initiative with indigenous peoples. She received an M.A. in Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary, a J.D. From Columbia Law School and a B.A. from Harvard University. She previous
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Dr. Richard Clugston

Dr. Rick Clugston directs the Sustainability and Global affairs programs at the Center for Earth Ethics, and is the Co-director of the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future. He previously directed Earth Charter USA and the Center for Respect of Life and Environment focusing on ethics, spiritual values and sustainable development. Rick is also a co-founder of the Global Higher Education for Sustainability Partnership, and has worked extensively with United Nations agencies and commissions. Rick has taught and published on human development, strategic planning, educational reform, and most recently on environmental ethics, spirituality and sustainability.
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Rev. Michael Dowd

The Reverend Michael Dowd is a veteran sustainability activist and big history / big integrity evangelist. An enthusiastic and outspoken religious naturalist, he is the author of the bestselling bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World, endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize winners and science luminaries, including noted skeptics and atheists, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. Michael and his wife, Connie Barlow, an acclaimed science writer and gifted evolutionary educator, permanently travel North America spreading this holistic message. Celebrated by liberals and conservatives alike, Michael shares “The
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Mindahi Bastida Munoz

Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz is the General Coordinator of the Otomi-Hñahñu Regional Council in Mexico, a caretaker of the philosophy and traditions of the Otomi people, and has been an Otomi Ritual Ceremony Officer since 1988. Born in Tultepec, Mexico, he holds a doctorate of rural development from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and is the President of the Mexico Council of Sustainable Development. Bastida Muñoz is a member of the steering committee of the Indigenous Peoples' Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative, and has served as a delegate to several commissions and summits on indigenous rights and the environment. He has written extensively on the relationship b
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Rev. Ken Kitatani

Rev. Ken Kitatani is an ordained clergyperson in The Sukyo Mahikari Centers for Spiritiual Development and a well known cultural and environmental activist. He currently serves as the president of the Forum 21 Institute (, a public forum for NGO's at the United Nations particularly concerned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. He also is the USA representative of Women In Need International, an NGO that advocates for gender equality and sustainability, and an adviser to the Happiness Alliance that promotes Gross National Happiness (GNH). In Sukyo Mahikari Centers for Spiritual Development, Ken currently serves as the division chief of
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