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SEED TALK (article first published : 2001-11-14)

John Seed is founder and director of the Rainforest Information Centre in Australia. Since 1979 he has been involved in the direct actions which have resulted in the protection of the Australian rainforests and has travelled the world lecturing and showing films to raise awareness of the plight of the rainforests.

In 1984 he helped initiate the US Rainforest Action Network which grew out of his first US roadshow. Three years later, he co-produced a TV documentary for Australian national television about the struggle for the rainforests. A front-page story about John's work in the Christian Science Monitor referred to him as "the town crier for the global village". He has created numerous projects protecting 3rd World rainforests in South America, Asia and the Pacific through providing benign and sustainable development projects for their indigenous inhabitants tied to the protection of their forests.

He has written and lectured extensively on deep ecology and has been conducting Councils of All Beings and other re-Earth-ing and empowerment rituals in Australia, North America Japan and Eastern and Western Europe for 15 years.

With Joanna Macy, Pat Fleming and Professor Arne Naess, he wrote Thinking Like a Mountain - Towards a Council of All Beings (New Society Publishers) which has now been translated into 10 languages. He is an accomplished bard and has produced five albums of environmental songs. In 1995 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) by the Australian Government for services to conservation and the environment.

John Seed regularly lectures at universities in Australia the US and the UK. More about his work can be found at www.forests.org/ric including essays

Audience members are invited to come early and view the stunning Wildlife Society exhibition Forests on indigenous coastal forests by young photographer Gina Lolli, sponsored by Agfa.




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