Prof. Chung Hyun-Kyung
“Eco-Feminism and Peace”

The connection between feminist insight into the world and human society is profoundly interdependent with ecological thinking. As Susannah Heschel said at the 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions (in Chicago): “It’s not an accident that we call the Earth ‘Mother’ and then proceed to treat her as we have always treated women.”

But what is the connection between feminist consciousness and ecological activism? Why aren’t more women eco-activists? How does feminist consciousness affect men? How can activists embrace and engage the eco-feminist connection? How can men rediscover the feminine through ecological activism?

And finally, what does this discussion tell us about the evolution of culture and consciousness in our time? What can we learn from the visionaries, pioneers, and activists in the field?

Link: Chung Hyun Kyung: a brief profile
Link: Hyun Kyung and Alice Walker

Excerpt from Thriving in the Crosscurrent: Clarity and Hope at a Time of Cultural Sea Change (Jim Kenney, Quest Books 2010), p. 203:

Is the Planet Really Sacred?
Thomas Berry thought so.
Before his death in 2009, Berry had become one of the most important religious voices addressing the human relationship to the Earth and the planetary community. In Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as Sacred Community, he wrote: “The ancient human-Earth relationship must be recovered in a new context, in its mystical as well as in its physical functioning. There is need for awareness that mountains and rivers and all living things, the sky and its sun and moon and clouds all constitute a healing, sustaining sacred presence for humans, which they need as much for their psychic integrity as for their physical nourishment.”