Reweaving the Basket of Life – African Perspectives of Earth Jurisprudence

In this recording, made on 23 April 2018, Method Gundidza, EarthLore’s programme director, finds himself in New York speaking to heads of state and to the world at the UN’s annual Harmony with Nature dialogue to celebrate Earth Day. What a significant achievement for someone born and raised in the small rural farming community of Bikita, Zimbabwe.

When Method moved to South Africa in 2008, his expectation was to lead a successful life as an accountant.  Little did he know that his response to an advert for the position of Finance Manager of a small NGO working with rural farmers in Venda would be a huge turning point in his career. He discovered that his passion is the revival of traditional farming practices. He felt compelled to go back to his roots in Bikita to implement what he had learned while working in Venda. This vitally important work involves accompanying rural farmers, mainly women, to become seed, food and economically sovereign. It recreates supportive, caring communities and reweaves the basket of life. It also leads to the recovery of “lost” indigenous seeds and ancient wisdom and knowledge, as well as the revival of associated rituals, like first fruits and rain ceremonies, and the restoration of sacred natural sites.

Method is an Earth Jurisprudence graduate and views our Mother Earth as the source of everything that exists on this miraculous planet. He understands that Earth’s natural lores govern creation in its entirety. This contrasts sharply with the anthropocentric world of our modern society, where human-made laws are rapidly leading to the devastation and destruction of our living planet.

In this compelling presentation, Method shares his journey back to his Bikita roots and the rich fruits this is bearing.

For the full coverage of the United Nations Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature, please use the links below.

(Part 1) Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature during the commemoration of International Mother Earth Day – General Assembly, 72nd session

(Part 2) Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature during the commemoration of International Mother Earth Day – General Assembly, 72nd session

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