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#proudmoment Inspired by the writing of Robin Wall Kimmerer, the 2021 Global Oneness Project Photography Competition is an invitation for students to take a photograph or create an original illustration that reflects the spirit of reciprocity and kinship with the living world. Three students from American Heritage Schools, Broward Campus, were selected, from hundreds of worldwide submissions, as some of the winners. 📸

🎉 Congratulations to Skye Stubbs, Maya Hernandez, and Bailey Seaton for this accomplishment and for creating beautiful, inspirational pieces of art. 🎉 Read their statements below👇and scroll to take a look at their individual photos.

Skye Stubbs (Age: 17)
“The relationship between Indigenous people and nature inspired me to take this photograph… There is this unspoken respect shown in the photograph that I have seen firsthand between Indigenous people and anything that Mother Earth has provided to us.”

Maya Hernandez (Age: 16)
“Mirrors reflect the truth, the truest version of yourself… This photograph represents the outsider looking in… The twining, sprawling, wild branches of misdirection, and within that, the smallest glimpse of the truth: a grim face that almost blends in with the surroundings.”

Bailey Seaton (Age: 16)
“When I look at how trees struggle for life in the concrete jungle of New York City, it made me think of the struggle for life in the human race, how this struggle to overcome the pandemic rewarded the planet in unexpected ways, and how air quality improved and animals and plants flourished. The reflection in the circular mirror of the circular world shows life the way it is, the way it should be—mankind, plant kind, and lifeless buildings existing equally.”

#lifeatheritage #americanheritageschools #AHSchools #AHS #AHBroward #HeritageBroward #FineArts #AHCenterfortheArts #visualarts #photography #globalonenessproject #competition #studentphotographer #winningphotography @globalonenessproject
What happens to our communities when #climatechange impacts our local ecosystems? A beautiful and moving film by the Global Oneness Project looks at the changing landscape of Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana. Watch now:
How can educators address bias with students to empower them as #globalcitizens? Check out the blog below written by two youth interns of Global Nomads Group and Composer on the concept of bias.

Join us and Composer tomorrow, August 11 at 6pm EST for a FREE webinar and panel discussion with Global Oneness Project, High Resolves, and Videos for Change on #GlobalCompetency and overcoming bias. Learn about Composer, how to sequence and build curriculum on the platform, and insights from panelists on empowering students to understand diversity, analyze various types of bias, and create a more inclusive society.
#citizenshipeducation #curriculumdesign
Register for free: https://bit.ly/augbiaswebinaryou
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[WATCH] The Zulu greeting "Sawubona" and the response "Yebo, Sawubona" are more than just words of polite greeting. It literally means "We see you" and "Yes, we see you too!"

This is the heart of the Imago Africa Conference 2021, where seeing each other forms the basis of our dialogue. Please join us - https://bit.ly/2RPbwmZ

https://youtu.be/2IjUkVZRPK8
Video credit: Global Oneness Project
For this Earth Day, we are celebrating Nepal's One-Horned Rhino! In 2015, across all four of Nepal's National Parks, the One-Horned Rhino’s population only numbered in at 645, making it a highly vulnerable species. But over the past year, the population in Nepal has increased to 752! Wow! This is likely due to the pause in tourism and increased protection of the National Parks by the women of Nepal, so their habitats are not being disturbed by tourists or poachers. So when you do travel, remember to Leave No Trace! There are fewer than 2,200 One-Horned Rhinos in the entire world, and the species is already extinct in Bangladesh and Bhutan. This is a big win for One-Horned Rhinos and conservation! 🎉🎉If you want to celebrate Earth Day all year round, check out the Global Oneness Project and their Earth Day Movies! #AO #onehornedrhino #nepal
#earthday #earthday2021 #nepaliwomen #nepaladventure
Join us on Thursday, April 29 at 6pm EST/Friday April 30 at 8am AEST for a webinar hosted by our partner organisation Composer, for a panel discussion with High Resolves, Voiceless: the animal protection institute , Global Oneness Project​, and World Savvy.

Learn about Composer, how to sequence and build curriculum on the platform, and insights from panellists on content for empowering students as environmental changemakers.

Register for free: http://bit.ly/comaprilwebinar
A Thousand Suns, a Global Oneness Project initiative tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley; and the unique worldview held by the people of the region.

This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years. Shot in Ethiopia, New York, and Kenya, the film explores the modern world's untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond.

Tune in to watch this at 6:30 PM this evening!

#AfricanRiftValley
#athousandsuns
#sustainablefarming
#1Afrika1Luv
#ThePeoplesChannel

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In this extraordinary film, Earthrise, Apollo 8 astronauts recount 50 years later, their 1968 euphoric space mission to fly around the moon for the first time — as they discover the beauty of the Earth literally rising over the lunar landscape. According to the crew, no one had any expectations of what our planet would look like from the stars; however, you’ll see the iconic images unfold as you vicariously sit alongside Col. Frank Borman, Capt. James Lovell, and Lt. Col. William Anders.

View the Earth — ”a blue marble in this infinite universe” — in tandem with the eerie "velvet black" visuals of space, the galaxies and the moon that no man has ever seen before — until this voyage. Apollo 8’s flight and the photos from the expedition not only had a powerful impact on America and the world, but also on the astronauts who helped to transcend the boundaries of the “Good Earth” in the hopes we will finally learn to preserve it, once and for all. Film courtesy of the Global Oneness Project.

To watch this film, please click: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN-fcEu3rt0.

To learn more about the curator, visit: https://www.planetclassroom.world/earthrise/.

Learn more about Planet Classroom here: https://www.planetclassroom.world/schedule/.
Should a map reveal your family tree in relation to Mother Earth? In this heartfelt film, Counter Mapping, meet Jim Enote, a traditional Zuni, New Mexico farmer and museum director who has created the Zuni Map Project, encouraging local Zuni artists to share stories of places integral to the Zuni culture — all inspired by tremendous, historical and extraordinary art.

Counter Mapping challenges the western notions of what maps are and the arbitrary borders imposed on the Zuni world. These Zuni maps focus on memory, ceremony, song, and a deep relationship to the land — all of which create an umbilical cord back to their ancient roots. Film courtesy of Global Oneness Project.

To watch this film, please click the button below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSnVMSwXQok.

To learn more about the curator, visit: https://www.planetclassroom.world/counter-mapping/.

Learn more about Planet Classroom here: https://www.planetclassroom.world/schedule/.
Congratulations to Newburyport High School sophomore Aidan Hoidal-Bui who was named one of 15 winners of this year's Global Oneness Project student photography contest!

https://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/nhs-sophomore-honors-vietnamese-heritage-in-photo-contest/article_c0020e03-ade4-5d77-b237-a6375ee71abc.html
How we can all make a difference when we act together to improve other people's lives. Use this collection to teach #HumanRights & develop a global awareness:

https://sharemylesson.com/collections/teach-human-rights

With resources from organizations such as the AFT - American Federation of Teachers Facing History and Ourselves ADL - Anti-Defamation League and the Global Oneness Project you can feel comfortable tackling these difficult conversations with your students.

Stories and lessons for growing minds. Free award-winning films, photo essays, and essays with companion lesson plans. www.globalonenessproject.org

Founded in 2006, the Global Oneness Project offers free multicultural stories and accompanying lesson plans for high school and college classrooms. Our award-winning collection of films, photo essays, and articles explore cultural, social, and environmental issues with a humanistic lens. Aligned to National and Common Core Standards, our curriculum content contains an interdisciplinary approach to

05/12/2022

How did the vast and varied chorus of modern sounds—from forest to oceans to human music—emerge from life’s community?

"When the Earth Started to Sing"
by David George Haskell

This sonic journey written and narrated by David G. Haskell brings us to the beginning of sound and song on planet Earth.

The experience is made entirely of tiny trembling waves in air, the fugitive, ephemeral energy that we call sound. Spoken words combined with terrestrial sounds invite our senses and imaginations to go outward into an experience of the living Earth and its history.

We invite you on a journey into deep time and deep sound that will open your ears and your imagination.

We recommend that you listen with good headphones if you can. Let your ears experience, explore, and enjoy in an open-ended way.

Produced by @EmergenceMagazine an online and print publication exploring ecology, culture, and spirituality.

Written and narrated by @davidgeorgehaskell
Sound design by @matthewmikkelsen and @jonathankawchuk
Dialogue editing by @cassandramedcalfvo
Illustration by @danieliev

Link in profile and stories.

05/12/2022

How did the vast and varied chorus of modern sounds—from forest to oceans to human music—emerge from life’s community?

"When the Earth Started to Sing"
by David George Haskell

https://www.globalonenessproject.org/library/audio-stories/when-earth-started-sing

This sonic journey written and narrated by David G. Haskell brings us to the beginning of sound and song on planet Earth.

The experience is made entirely of tiny trembling waves in air, the fugitive, ephemeral energy that we call sound. Spoken words combined with terrestrial sounds invite our senses and imaginations to go outward into an experience of the living Earth and its history.

We invite you on a journey into deep time and deep sound that will open your ears and your imagination.

We recommend that you listen with good headphones if you can. Let your ears experience, explore, and enjoy in an open-ended way.

Produced by @EmergenceMagazine an online and print publication exploring ecology, culture, and spirituality.
Written and narrated by David George Haskell
Sound design by Matthew Mikkelsen and Jonathan Kawchuk
Dialogue editing by Dassandra Medcalfvo
Illustration by Daniel Liévano

05/11/2022

PHOTO ESSAY "Kazuaki Tanahashi"
by Unnikrishnan Raveendranathen

Kazuaki Tanahashi is an accomplished Japanese calligrapher. Born and trained in Japan, Tanahashi is an active calligraphy and Zen teacher as well as an environmentalist and peace worker. His paintings have been displayed in exhibitions internationally.

This image: Tanahashi holds a red stamp or "chop". Chops are the signature of the artist.

05/10/2022

What is lost when a language disappears?

“Language Keepers”
The Struggle for Indigenous Language Survival in California,
a Spiritual Ecology: Emergence Magazine production

There are approximately seven thousand languages in the world today; of these, the majority originated with, and are spoken by, Indigenous peoples. Up to half of the world’s languages are oral, with no orthography, no dictionaries. Knowledge is passed from person to person, through words and stories that formed and evolved alongside the places in which they have long been rooted, as diverse as the ecologies from which they come: Ainu on the island of Hokkaido in Japan, Arabela in the tropical forests of Peru along a tributary of the Arabela River, Tolowa Dee-ni’ among the redwood trees of Northern California.

Ainu, Arabela, and Tolowa Dee-ni’ are endangered and are among the roughly 40 percent of today’s languages that are at risk of vanishing altogether. Though it’s difficult to establish an exact number, it is thought that thousands of languages have disappeared from the Earth in just the last few hundred years, as the majority of the world’s population increasingly speaks only a handful of dominant languages. Half of all languages that exist today are likely to disappear by the end of this century, according to UNESCO.

Learn more about disappearing languages with our latest feature, a multimedia experience that follows the language revitalization taking place within the Tolowa Dee-ni’, Karuk, Wukchumni, and Kawaiisu tribes. This feature includes four films and six audio stories and was produced by Emergence Magazine, an online and print publication exploring ecology, culture, and spirituality.

https://www.globalonenessproject.org/stories/language-keepers

05/09/2022

AUDIO SERIES
"Coming Home to the Cove"
A Story of Family, Memory, and Stolen Land

https://www.globalonenessproject.org/stories/coming-home-cove

Across the United States, Indigenous communities are calling for sweeping revisions to stories commonly told as “history”—stories that, even today, neglect and erase Indigenous peoples and serve as justification for continued ownership of stolen Indigenous lands. This three-part series is the multigenerational story of a Coast Miwok family’s eviction from their ancestral home in Northern California and one woman’s mission to bring the living history of her family back to the land.

Throughout this series, Theresa Harlan chronicles the story of her family’s displacement from their homestead on a cove in Tomales Bay and shares her grassroots efforts to involve the wider community in protecting both the history and the future of this place.

As she tells her family’s story, Theresa makes a powerful claim: remembering and retelling inclusive histories has the power to create a more just future. In this series we ask: Who gets to define history? In what ways is it our responsibility to ensure that a shared history is an accurate and just representation of the places we call home?

Produced by Spiritual Ecology: Emergence Magazine
Photo courtesy of Theresa Harlan

05/08/2022

How can students learn from each other’s perspectives?

Our Student Gallery—a compilation of over sixty student photographs and original illustrations from around the world, is a tool to foster curiosity and inquiry with students while creating meaningful conversations in the classroom.

Each photograph and original illustration in the gallery originates from our past student contests, which are now available as student projects, accessible for use throughout the year.
You can search by theme, previous contests, or location, and you can use the gallery with our "Image Analysis Activity", which includes a Visible Thinking Routine from Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Use our Student Gallery to engage your students by following the link: https://www.globalonenessproject.org/gallery

Photo "Unsettling Evidence" by Ned Henderson from
Queens Park, Australia, who was 17 when he entered our student contest "Document Your Place on the Planet".

His artist statement reads: "I am fortunate enough to witness two worlds in my country: the continual game of monopoly within the urban sprawl of Sydney and the often forgotten rural hearts and souls. This macro perspective of the inevitable devastation of our bushfire season was a message to the world. Being located within the city of Sydney NSW during the 2019-2020 fire season, I noticed a disconnection between people around me and what was happening only a couple hours drive west. This alarmed me, as I was viewing updates hourly for months whilst the majority were not concerned. With many family members having to evacuate multiple times, and watching the map for fires near the family farm, it wasn’t the greatest summer. After a fire storm swept through the rural town of Bilpin NSW, I was eager to examine the results. It honestly shocked me, as you cannot prepare yourself for what you see. To think that this is just one handful of ash and one small town upon thousands.

The film Earthrise made me consider scale and perspective. We could see the fires from space and feel the ash in New Zealand, but my image considers the inverse of this by examining the slightest fragment of the big picture. It is important to acknowledge the close connection between cities and the bush and the world's interconnectedness of ecosystems.

The gesture in the image is a transactional exchange of what we have offered and what the natural world offered in return—45 million acres of flaming earth."

05/06/2022

Thank you to all students who have entered our photography and original illustration contest "The Environment Is in You", and thank you to the teachers who entered the contest on behalf of their students.

Entries are now closed, and our panel of judges—a qualified panel consisting of professional filmmakers, photographers, and authorized personnel from the Global Oneness Project—will be reviewing each photograph and artwork with its artist statement to choose our finalists and winners, who will be announced and notified on May 26, 2022. Winners will be awarded $200 USD each and photographs will be published on the Global Oneness Project website.

This incredible photograph by Kathrin Swoboda Kathrin Swoboda Photography served as our hero image for this contest, inspiring students to enter their own images reflecting their relationship with our planet.
Prints of her work are available here: https://novanaturephotography.com/

Videos (show all)

The Man is the Music
Language Keepers: Karuk
Language Keepers: Tolowa Dee-ni'
While I Yet Live
Language Keepers
The Medicine Man
Among Giants
Into The Middle of Nowhere
The Hunt
Lost World
The Ocean Inside

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