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John Seed http://johnseed.net/ is founder and director of the Rainforest Information Centre in Australia. www.rainforestinfo.org.au

Since 1979 he has been involved in the direct actions which have resulted in the protection of the Australian rainforests.

In 1984 he helped initiate the US Rainforest Action Network which grew out of the first   his many US roadshows.

In 1987 he co-produced a television  documentary for Australian national television about the struggle for the rainforests. This has since  been shown in many countries. A front page story about John's work in the Christian Science Monitor at this time referred to him as "the town crier for the global village".

He has created numerous projects protecting  rainforests in Sth America, Asia and the Pacific through providing benign and sustainable development projects for their indigenous inhabitants tied to the protection of their forests. These projects have been funded by the Australian Government aid agency AusAID, The Australian Council of Churches  and various foundations. Donations to Rainforest Information Centre projects are tax-deductible in Australia, US and  UK.

He has written and lectured extensively on deep ecology and has been conducting Councils of All Beings and other re-Earth ing workshops  around the world for 25 years. In the US, his workshops have been hosted by Esalen, Omega, Naropa and the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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 12 languages.

He is an accomplished bard, songwriter and film-maker and has produced 5 albums of environmental songs and numerous films www.rainforestinfo.org.au/video.htm

In 1995 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) by the Australian Government for services to conservation and the environment. He is a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation and occasional Scholar-in-Residence  at the Esalen Institute.

From 1984 to 2007 he travelled around the world each year with roadshows raising awareness about the plight of the rainforests and raising funding for their protection.

In 2003 he spearheaded RIC's endangered species campaign http://www.rainforestinfo.org.au/spp/ and made the film "On The Brink" with David Attenborough, David Suzuki, Olivia Newton-John and Jack Thompson.

In 2007 he launched the Rainforest Information Centre's climate change campaign and has offered "Climate Change, Despair & Empowerment" presentations and workshops in Australia, Canada and the US. www.rainforestinfo.org.au/climate/roadshow.htm

He spent much of 2009 working on the campaign to protect the world's largest remaining population of Asian elephants www.rainforestinfo.org.au/e/appeal.htm and fundraising and monitoring for Rainforest Information Centre's Small Grants Programme www.rainforestinfo.org.au/projects/grants.htm

In December 2009 - January 2010, he completed a 30 lecture tour of India sponsored by the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs' "Australia India Council" www.rainforestinfo.org.au/deep-eco/schedule.htm . He also had his first exhibition of sculpture since 1975 ("The Two of Us" with his mother Judy Cassab)

In 2010 he and Judy had art exhibitions at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery and the Solander Gallery in Canberra. He focussed his activism on protecting the sacred mountain Niyamgiri from desecration by bauxite mining. See the 10-minute clip. He facilitated deep ecology workshops around Australia with Megan Wallace. Thinking Like a Mpuntain was published in Korean and Tibetan languages.

In 2011 he organised Sydney actions against the Borneo timber mafia, worked on Tasmanian forest issues, his Taiwan roadshow supported the anti-dams movement and he launched a new series of Climate Change Despair and Empowerment workshops. His chapter on "The Religion of Economics" was published in the University of Western Sydney's "Social Ecology". In August he organised the Canberra segment of an international day of action for the Amazon rainforest.

In 2012 he worked on tree planting projects in India and Kenya, and continued to facilitate experiential deep ecology and climate change workshops around Australia.

In 2013, his is working primarily on a campaign to protect the Cardamom Mountains rainforests in Cambodia and food security permaculture in Zimbabwe. The last few years he has been offering deep ecology presentations and workshops as well as poetry and music at Australian festivals like Rainbow Serpent, Peats Ridge, Southern Oracle and Harmony.

JOHN SEED
RAINFOREST INFORMATION CENTRE
16a OCEAN AVE.
DOUBLE BAY 2028
AUSTRALIA
JOHNSEED1@OZEMAIL.COM.AU
www.johnseed.net
www.rainforestinfo.org.au

 

"The Seeds" John and Bodhi at Southern Oracle Festival Queensland May 2010

These three pix are available in high res on request johnseed1@ozemail.com.au

 

 

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