35. “Daring To Hope” with Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland

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Welcome to episode 35 of the Nurtured by Nature podcast, today I’m delighted to be joined in conversation by the amazing Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland. Having dedicated her life to exploring how eco-activism can be weaved into artistic practice in an effort to facilitate societal change. She draws on myth, indigenous wisdom & collaborations with science through a lens of current events, utilising story-telling, song and poetry to convey powerful messages that speak straight to our souls. 

In this inspiring episode she shares her incredible poetry and together we weave a beautiful message of “Active Hope” for you all in these times of adversity. 

We discuss the impact of eco-anxiety, low grade fear and complex PTSD that is affecting so many of us who are deeply connected to the environment, and how importantly we need not be blinded or discouraged by the popular climate doomerism, because when we look beyond this narrative we will discover millions of people around the world already doing amazing things. 

Elizabeth poignantly encourages us to not falter or give-up, but to remember that the story is still being written, the ending is not yet determined, that we all have the ability to engage in “Active Hope” and come together with collective strength to reframe how we vision ourselves into the world and forge new ways that nurture the earth and ourselves. 

Learn more about Elizabeth

Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland is a writer, theatre maker and arts educator whose career over the last forty years has evolved at the intersection of arts and activism. She has long had a passion for communicating with the animate world that began in childhood high up in the arms of an old weeping willow.

Fast forward sixty years. Elizabeth is offered a writing residency at the Joggins Fossil Institute, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the mighty Bay of Fundy. She jumps at the chance to connect/converse with 300 million-year-old-rock, to go to Stone as supplicant, to fully engage with sea and sand and sky and winged helpers to deepen her connection to the living world.

What emerged was a narrative of the odyssey in poetic form, “Daring to Hope at the Cliff’s Edge: Pangea’s Dream Remembered”. Music journalist, Nick Starring says of the this work: 

“Lyrical, bewildering, heartening, and unsettling, this work sees an individual voice reckoning with the overwhelming complexity of our present moment.”

Elizabeth lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her composer husband, Beverly Glenn-Copeland.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Onlythroughart

Website: http://www.elizabethcopeland.ca/

To purchase ‘Daring to Hope…’: https://chapelstreeteditions.com/book-catagories/poetry/daring-to-hope-at-the-cliffs-edge/

Rock Poem: https://nsadvocate.org/2021/06/26/rock-a-poem-by-elizabeth-glenn-copeland/

Resilience Magazine: https://www.resilience.org/resilience-author/elizabeth-glenn-copeland/

Listen to Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s moving music: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnwmuje1H7edkx3vK47ysrQ

This song is a particular favourite of mine that moved me to tears: ‘Stand Anthem’, an environmental rallying cry co-written by Elizabeth for her eco-play, ‘Bearing Witness’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zmt14fmnQYE 

Books Mentioned:

Rachel Carson: Silent Spring

Rick Hanson: Buddha’s Brain

Charles Darwin: The Descent of Man

Paul Hawken: Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation 

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