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Ecology of listening

In this episode Amisha speaks with Hop Hopkins, the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Sierra Club working to promote economic justice and protection to those most affected by climate change and environmental degradation. This Series is part of a collaboration with The Future Is Beautiful, which reaches for the place where spiritual ecology and climate justice meet. It explores the integration of spirituality with grounded action through the lives and leadership of people of colour.

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“We’ve actually got to deal with the foundational belief system, which is white supremacy and racism. Because if we don’t deal with those two things, we won’t be able to deal with this disposability that then is projected on to ecological spaces and to whole peoples.” Hop Hopkins
<div class="wp-block-image"><span style="color: #000000"><strong>How do we create pathways into living our full humanity?</strong></span></div> <div></div> <div class="wp-block-image"><span style="color: #000000"><em>This episode is part of a collaboration with St Ethelburga’s, called Listening to each other : Listening to Earth, which reaches for the place where spiritual ecology and climate justice meet. It explores the integration of spirituality with grounded action through the lives and leadership of people of colour.</em></span></div> <p><span style="color: #000000">“We’ve actually got to deal with the foundational belief system, which is white supremacy and racism. Because if we don’t deal with those two things, we won’t be able to deal with this disposability that then is projected on to ecological spaces and to whole peoples.” Hop Hopkins</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000">In this episode Amisha speaks with Hop Hopkins, the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Sierra Club working to promote economic justice and protection to those most affected by climate change and environmental degradation. He has worked in the labor, the climate justice and the housing justice movement. Hop is an Arborist and a Master Gardener living in community and creating a network of residential food forests supporting the development of stable, human-scale solar self-reliant neighborhood communities.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000">Amisha and Hop explore listening to Earth as a practice of acknowledging our surroundings and our inner voices; an expansive opportunity for becoming conscious, compassionate and empathetic. They reveal how the pandemic, climate change and economy are interrelated and how the overarching system we live in impacts us all in its interconnectedness. They share how the global changes activated during the past year are an invitation to use our liberatory imagination in order to craft new governance and economic models, and new models of community support.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000">Hop shares his personal experiences of living in a self-reliant community and the advantages of such a support system and sharing economy, especially in times of crisis and times of unlearning. He believes that fostering a culture of failing, learning and humility will help us form pathways into collective leadership rooted in sharing and self-governing communities where we may flourish into living our full humanity.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000">We learn that ‘sacrifice zones’ were designed to exploit land and people systemically instating racism, disposability and destruction that sit at the very core of environmental and human exploitation. In order to dismantle these foundations of our system, we must recognise its magnitude, develop anti-racist analysis and overcome scarcity mindsets.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000">“Listening does require a certain level of humility.” Hop Hopkins</span></p>
<p><span style="color: #000000"><em>Hop Hopkins is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Sierra Club, where he works to ensure that Sierra Club campaigns and programs protect those most affected by climate change and environmental degradation and promote economic justice.</em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000"><em>Born in Dallas, Texas to working class parents, Hop sharpened his intersectional analysis organising as an HIV/AIDS organiser and anti-globalisation activist during the WTO uprising. In the years since, he has worked in the labor movement, the climate justice movement and the housing justice movement. Hop is also a certified Arborist, a Master Gardener, has his Permaculture Design Certificate and is a certified Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) instructor.</em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000"><em>Hop works in his community outside of Los Angeles to create a network of residential food forests in order to support the development of stable, human-scale solar self-reliant neighborhood communities integrated with cooperative local economies. Alongside his wife of seventeen years, Hop homeschools their two daughters and maintains a food forest inhabited by their pet Australian shepherds, chickens, honey bees, fruit trees and multiple compost piles.</em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000"><strong>To find out more about <em>Hop’s</em> work, visit <span style="color: #0000ff"><a style="color: #0000ff" href="http://sierraclub.org/">sierraclub.org</a></span></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000"><strong>To connect or work with <em>Amisha</em>, visit <span style="color: #0000ff"><a style="color: #0000ff" href="http://www.amisha.co.uk/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">amisha.co.uk</a></span></strong></span></p>

About the host

<div class="x_gmail_default"> <div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_2_3 et_pb_column_5_tb_body et_pb_css_mix_blend_mode_passthrough"> <div id="action" class="et_pb_module et_pb_code et_pb_code_3_tb_body"> <div class="et_pb_code_inner"> <div class="x_gmail_default"><span style="color: #000000"><b>Amisha Ghadiali</b> is a facilitator and author. She is the host of the globally acclaimed podcast, The Future Is Beautiful, which is one aspect of a non-profit she founded in 2010. She works one on one through her Presence Leadership Mentoring, and with groups through The Beautiful Leadership Immersion. She is interested in the relationship between inner transformation and systemic change. She edited the collaborative book The Future Is Beautiful, and is the author of Intuition.</span></div> <div class="x_gmail_default"><span style="color: #000000"><span style="color: #0000ff"><a style="color: #000000" href="http://www.amisha.co.uk/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-auth="NotApplicable">www.amisha.co.uk</a></span></span></div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

About this series

<div><span style="color: #000000"><a style="color: #000000" href="https://stethelburgas.org/projects/spiritual-ecology/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-auth="NotApplicable"><span style="color: #0000ff">Listening To Each Other, Listening to Earth</span></a>, is a collaboration with <span style="color: #0000ff"><a style="color: #0000ff" href="http://www.thefutureisbeautiful.co/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-auth="NotApplicable">The Future Is Beautiful</a></span>, and is funded by the <span style="color: #0000ff"><a style="color: #0000ff" href="https://kalliopeia.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-auth="NotApplicable">Kalliopeia Foundation</a></span>.</span></div> <div></div> <div><span style="color: #000000">Listening to each other : Listening to Earth reaches for the place where spiritual ecology and climate justice meet. It explores the integration of spirituality with grounded action through the lives and leadership of people of colour.</span></div> <div></div> <div><span style="color: #000000">The Future Is Beautiful is a global community weaving together politics, spirituality, creativity and regeneration as we co-create a better world. Through the influential podcast, collaborative book and interactive learning experiences – The Future Is Beautiful is moving us beyond silos and into an integrated way of being. You are invited.</span></div> <div><span style="color: #0000ff"><a style="color: #0000ff" href="http://www.thefutureisbeautiful.co/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-auth="NotApplicable">www.thefutureisbeautiful.co</a></span></div>

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