Gaian Teacher Joanna Macy PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application.
Many thousands of people around the world have participated in Joanna's workshops and trainings. Her group methods, known as the Work That Reconnects, have been adopted and adapted yet more widely in classrooms, churches, and grassroots organizing. Her work helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world, as our larger living body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten the continuity of life on Earth.
Joanna travels widely giving lectures, workshops, and trainings in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She lives in Berkeley, California, near her children and grandchildren.
Photo credit: Robert Shetterly
The black & white image that we have chosen as our logo is a posthumous gift from Rini Templeton, a prolific artist who committed her life to activism on behalf of social and environmental justice. She generously created hundreds of artworks for the use, copyright free, of groups and causes that shared her values. After her death in 1986 at the young age of 50, her heirs and admirers have continued her work by making her images available through her website, RiniArt.org.
It is a privilege for “Rocky Flats: A Call to Guardianship” to use as our logo Rini Templeton’s image of a starry sky and a mountain backdrop with its spiderweb-like array of lights in the foreground. The lights could be Denver, Boulder, Golden, or they could be Rocky Flats. We don’t know. But the lights are obviously a human intervention with the natural world and therefore a human responsibility, and that is what makes this particular image a perfect match for our work.
We feel Rini Templeton’s presence as we dedicate ourselves to the task of implementing the concept of Nuclear Guardianship, combining human creativity of all descriptions with science, history, and the Precautionary Principle, to keep the memory alive that plutonium and other dangerous particles remaining in the soil at Rocky Flats will remain dangerous for far longer into the future than we can even begin to imagine (more than a quarter of a million years). We are encouraged by Rini’s devotion of her creative talents to the causes she belived in as we work to to keep people and creatures as safe as possible from these invisible but deadly risks.
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Regis University students reflect on the legacy of Rocky Flats through Jeff Gipe's art
Rocky Flats: History, Memory and Art
Cartoons and artwork cited from the Citizen's Guide to Rocky Flats
Cartoons and Artwork
A Photo Journal of events in Colorado during the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 70 photos
Rocky Flats Ranger, Written by Gary Ball
Dedicated to Jacque Brever
Please view the news page for the story about the Cold War Horse