Class environment Fieldston Awareness Day
Thursday, February 15, 2007 • The Fieldston School
Hurricane Katrina, Global Warming and the Fate of Human Populations
On February 15, we will holding be our fifth FAD – Fieldston Awareness Day – at Fieldston.
This FAD is entitled “A Class Environment: Hurricane Katrina, Global Warming and the Fate of Human Populations”, will focus on Katrina and its aftermath; global warming and sustainability; class and race; and immigration and displaced populations.
Within each session, there will be eleven separate workshops going on concurrently throughout the school. Workshops will focus on different topics and will feature different formats, including hands-on activities, discussions, guest speakers and films.
CLASS ENVIRONMENT – THE EARTH AND YOGAGAIA
Alex Cohen Theater / Double Session
Hasita Agi Nadai is the creator of Yogagaia, a yoga that raises the awareness of our deep connections to the universe, and of our power to heal our relationship to the planet. Hasita is a RYT, certified Kripalu Yoga teacher, Reiki Master and an energy medicine healer. She is a deep ecologist, biologist and geologist. Her philosophy is grounded in the teachings of Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme, where ‘our story’ is the story of the evolving universe. This hands-on, active workshop will include yoga, discussion and meditation.
The Panel Assembly will give us an opportunity to hear two residents of New Orleans – Carole Bebelle, Director of the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, and Kevin Spera, Music Writer at The New Orleans Times-Picayune – talk about Katrina and its effects on the city. The day will conclude with advisory meetings to begin to develop action plans around the issues
that were presented throughout the day.
CLASS ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE • YOGAGAIA AND IT’S TASK
The task of Yogagaia is to heal us from our cultural estrangement from Earth and its Life Community. Its aim is to guide us toward a new paradigm: moving from an anthropocentric view of the world toward an ecocentric view. The naming of geologic eras marks irreversible planetary catastrophes that threw off the living balance of Earth, notably meteor impacts and the volcanism likely triggered by such impacts. Yet now is the first time that a single form of life ours has acquired the power to inflict a catastrophe at a geologic scale and that is already affecting every part of the planet: ocean, atmosphere, soil, and life. No human community and no ecosystem will be spared from such menacing effects, as this is truly a global phenomenon.