CALL OF THE FORESTS
WHEN: Sunday, April 29 at 5 PM - 11 PM
WHERE: Hope St Arts Warehouse Space - 11a Hope St, Brunswick, VIC, 3056
This is a callout to the community to come together in support of our most biodiverse treasure, the Ecuadorian Amazon and Andean Cloud forests and all the indigenous communities who depend on them. These forests and the communities they sustain are threatened by mining concessions awarded to big multinational corporations.
100% of the profits from this event will be donated to the ‘Rainforest Information Centre's indigenous solidarity and forest campaign for Ecuador.
Join us for an afternoon and evening of:
- Eclectic acoustic music and spoken word poetry, featuring ... Trixie Rosa, Matt Kelly, Catherine Meeson, Helm Mandozay, Jamie Antonio, Hannah Macklin, Jheli Emmett, Jesse Witney, Jose Pincheira, Sah Ida, Sam Sam, Alex Willey and many more.
- The AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE SCREENING of the documentary film “Call of the Forest” in the early evening,
- Updates on the current threats to the forests and the indigenous communities of Ecuador,
- We'll close the night with a showcase set by a renowned electronic music producer who has rocked numerous Hope St parties...
$10 Concession, $15 Waged, $20 Solidarity
Ecuador has the highest biodiversity per square kilometer of any nation- and right in the heart of this treasure, a crisis of enormous proportions is developing.
From the cloud forests in the north to the indigenous territories in the headwaters of the Amazon in the southeast, the Ecuadorian government has covertly granted mining concessions to predominantly multinational mining companies in nearly 2.3 million hectares of protected areas. This is in direct violation of Ecuadorian law and international treaties and will decimate headwater ecosystems and biodiversity hotspots of global significance.
To get an idea of the speed at which this has occurred, in April 2016 the total surface area affected by concessions for exploration and exploitation was 790,000 hectares or just 3% of the continental territory of Ecuador. Nine months later, that area has quadrupled to 2.3 million hectares under concessions or more than 11% of the country.
We are hosting this indigenous solidarity and fundraising benefit to assist the Rainforest Information Centre to raise the awareness and funds necessary to take a stand to defend these forests, their amazing diversity of peoples and wildlife, and their critical contributions to the biosphere on which we all depend.
For more information on the campaign, go to the petition page on this website: http://www.rainforestinformationcentre.org/save_ecuadors_forests_from_mining
THE DOCO - *FIRST AUSTRALIAN SCREENING!!*
‘Call Of The Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees’
Take a walk in the woods with beloved Irish-Canadian scientist and author, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, as she reveals our profound human connection to the ancient & sacred northern forests and the essential role that they play in sustaining the health of our planet.
We cut down billions of trees every year – Today only five percent of the world’s old growth forests remain intact. Yet trees are one of this planet’s most significant creators of food, new medicines, and oxygen. Forests hold the answer to many of the world’s problems; from climate change to human health and well-being. Visionary scientist and acclaimed author Diana Beresford-Kroeger explores the science, folklore, and history of this essential eco-system reminding us that when we improve our profound human connection to woodlands we can, not only, restore our health - we can restore our planet.
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