Re-Storying our Landscapes to Restore People, Nature, and Culture

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This workshop offers the opportunity to learn from the ‘Living Story Landscape’ project in collaboration with Green Releaf in the Philippines, and to reflect on the role of the arts and of Indigenous and traditional ecological knowledge in restoring the health of individuals, communities and ecosystems that have been violently hit by climate change. We will address how this experience can inform climate resilience building in Europe, through the lens of One Resilient Earth, and open new questions regarding learning processes for resilience, regeneration and transformation.

In the Philippines, the ‘Living Story Landscape’ project project aims at supporting communities that have been hit or displaced by a disaster, or are particularly vulnerable to loss and damage associated with climate change, in restoring their ecosystems, including by restorying their natural and cultural landscapes through various creative media. Rooted in the belief that people care for their ecosystems more when they understand its value, the project contributes to revitalizing local cultural heritage through community ‘storymapping’ and the recognition of Indigenous and traditional ecological knowledge, as well as to restoring natural heritage through ecosystem-based adaptation and disaster risk reduction. It also integrates both cultural and natural heritage in the collective design of a regenerative and resilient future. With artists and community members, the project experiments with ways to translate data into story through cultural memory and imagination, designing from the wisdom of past with the desired future in emergence. This ensures that communities affected by disasters and displacement do not resort to reconstruction or economic diversification solutions that further deteriorates their ecosystems and increases their vulnerability in the long run.

In Germany, One Resilient Earth is working on the design of a Climate Resilience and Regeneration Learning Journey to support European citizens in dealing with the current effects of climate change, and in preparing for our future climate in transformative ways. The ‘Living Story Landscape’ project offers fascinating insights and opens critical questions regarding transformative adaptation and climate resilience: Can we learn from Indigenous and traditional ecological knowledge from other continents when restoring natural and cultural heritage in Europe? Which past can Europeans draw wisdom from? What type of art or art processes appears to be the most conducive to restoring health in a holistic manner? How are Europeans increasing their long-term vulnerability when addressing climate change impacts today?

Following a presentation of the ‘Living Story Landscape’ project by Sarah Queblatin, Project Lead and Co-Founder of Green Releaf Initiative, and some reflections and questions by Laureline Simon, Founder of One Resilient Earth, a discussion will be open with the audience.

Lead Designer and Curator, Living Story Landscapes
Founder and Executive Director, One Resilient Earth
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