They say movies are collective dreams.  If so, we’re in trouble—because our dreams of the future are nightmares:  I Am Legend, Children of Men.  When we see a vision of harmony and balance, as in Avatar, it’s on Pandora, not on Earth.

When I wrote The Fifth Sacred Thing in the early ‘90s, I wanted to envision the ideals I’d always preached come to life.  What would a society look like that saw nature as sacred, that honored earth, air, fire and water, that valued each person as an embodiment of the divine and rejoiced in our diversity?

Today, we face the urgency of climate change and the melt-down of everything unsustainable, from nuclear power plants to the global economy.  Without a vision, how do we muster the energy and hope we need to make the major changes needed to forge a new way of life?

By bringing The Fifth Sacred Thing to the screen, we can show people what could be—and our goal is to make that vision so appealing that people will say, “Yes!  That’s what we want!  Let’s do it—let’s make it happen!”

Along with writing, I teach permaculture, a system of integrated ecological design.  I know that we do have the resources we need, right now, to transform the world.  What we need is the will and courage to do so.

So we’re making this movie to be a catalyst for change.  And we intend to do it in a way that embodies the values of earth-care and social justice the story portrays.

Hundreds of thousand of people have now read the book.  So many people have told me how much it means to them—that it has had an impact on their life and their choices.  Maybe you’re one of those people?

We invite your collaboration.  First, we’ll need the help and support of our community to make this happen in the way we want to see it happen.  And second—while a movie goes by quickly and is limited in the details it can show, we intend to create a website that can extend the vision and provide a platform for people to hone and share their own ideas and resources, through links, discussions, wikis, games and many forms of interactive activities.

So stay tuned—check back.  And as the book says, “There’s a place for you at our table.”


Starhawk: photo by Lisa Levart

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