The New Academy for Nature and Culture, a project of William R. Jordan, III and colleagues, has launched Environmental Prospect, a new on-line journal. The purpose of Environmental Prospect is an “exploration of questions arising from the puzzle of our relationship with the rest of nature.” Current sections, or departments, of Environmental Prospect include: The Values Project, Restoration and Land Management, and The Anthology Project.
This blogger was fortunate enough to do some filming for a pilot entry in The Values Project, called “The Dark Path to Beauty, A Theory of values and its implications for environmentalism”
The video was shot during the annual Bagpipes & Bonfire celebration in September 2012 at The Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve. The Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve (restored and managed by the Lake Forest Open Lands Association) is next to the more well-known Middlefork Savanna, managed by the Lake County Forest Preserve District.
Bill and I spent the afternoon at the bonfire site, filming and talking with the event organizers, performers, and folks attending the annual event. It was an experience that began in late afternoon and extended well-past sunset. The result is a nice 4 minute YouTube video of the bonfire celebration and Bill Jordan’s reflections on what it means restoration and our connection with the rest or nature.