Restoring Big Trees and Whole Women
Extinction Witness’s first regeneration project, Virgin, is for big trees and whole women in the interest of restoring both to Earth. The project title is conceived from the concept of intact forests and the original sense of Virgin.
“Virgin” originated from the Greek and Latin word “Virgo,” or maiden. It was used often in Greek mythology to classify several goddesses. Virgin was a label of strength and independence that described the goddesses who were immune to the temptations of Dionysus, Greek god of seduction and wine. - Palo Alto Medical Foundation
This regeneration project includes two short photo documentary films, Wildfire a love story (2013) and Virgin: Passionate Women Restoring Forests (work in progress), and a proposal to create a memorial site in what is now the North Grove of Calaveras Big Trees State Park, home to “the big stump” or “the big base” as we like to say.
‘Wildfire a love story’ is a tale of spiritual and physical regeneration through the power of divine love.
Wildfire is purposed to raise awareness of wildfire’s role in the regeneration of sequoia and to encourage the memorial grove at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California. The proposal submitted to Calaveras Big Trees State Park can be read here. The California Department of Parks and Recreation is reviewing the proposal but does not plan to take any action towards implementing any of the three phases at this time. Further study and evaluation is needed and implementing the proposal may require amendments to the Park’s General Plan last reviewed publicly in 1984. Our next step is to review the General Plan and continue the conversation.
Virgin: Passionate Women Restoring Forests (anticipated autumn 2013) is a short poetic film that documents women rising with passion to restore Earth’s forests.
Virgin encourages participation with TreeSisters, a registered charity supporting women to one harness creativity, connections and resources toward reforesting the tropics within the next ten years by developing educational and organizational tools to mobilize women’s attention and leadership; and directing grassroots funds toward tree-planting projects managed by its first organizational partners: Project Greenhands and the Greenbelt Movement.
Please be in touch with me if you would like to learn more about Virgin and/or make a financial contribution to Extinction Witness toward its completion. You can give now on-line here.