Artist/ environmental researcher and activist Maria Lucia Cruz Correia has a new project, interesting for anyone working on restorative environmental justice issues. The "Voice of nature Kinstitute" is a fictional institute dedicated to rights of nature, restorative justice and ecocide. During the REstART Festival, on 4 December, Maria Lucia told us more about this! Scroll down to view the recordings of this conversation, facilitated by Brunilda Pali.
Among other activities, Maria Lucia presented the concept behind the workshop "earth contract" delivered by the Kinstitute, where participants will connect personal memory with collective history, and explore the relationship of proximity, distance and empathy towards the harm of damaged landscapes. Through a process of restorative justice participants discover potential ways of dealing with human collective trauma provoked by the loss of landscapes and the spectral cosmology that comes from more than human harm. The workshop helps to navigate through practices of restorative justice, systemic constellations and conscious contract as a way to deal with emotions that can be turn into active regenerative actions to restore nature. You may imagine a “earth contract” as a holistic and legal binding agreement containing the rights of the parties involved.