discover the life beneath your feet this Thursday

Below is a message from Roger Oxlee of the Conscious Consumer Group which launched on 5 November 2015 but first they would like to invite you to view Symphony of the Soil movie. See details below.

If you are still in town and available this week then we invite you to see the viewing of  Symphony Of The Soil movie!  

SymphonyofSoilSymphony of the Soil is a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. Using a captivating mix of art and science, the film shows that soil is a complex living organism, the foundation of life on earth. Yet most people are soil-blind and “treat soil like dirt.” Through the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance, and appreciate that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems. In addition to the feature film, there are several short films, Sonatas of the Soil, that delve deeply into soil-related topics, and several short clips, Grace Notes, that are available to stream on the film’s website.

Produced and Directed by Deborah Koons Garcia
Venue: Constantia Waldorf School Library, Constania, Cape Town

Date: Thursday 10 December at 3pm

Directions: park in the school’s front parking area. Walk around the admin block, diagonally left and then straight up. The library is a wooden structure  near the top.

Please pass on to others in your circle. Please RSVP to 0825699894.

Dear Friends

The Conscious Consumer Group had its launch on 5 November 2015. Those of us that were there felt encouraged and inspired-we realized that our individual actions can and do make a difference.

We lost that sense of powerlessness one feels in the face of big, exploitative business, uncaring government and a largely ‘unconscious’ society.

The discussion at the launch was vibrant and varied and there were some impactful videos and video clips.

For me this feeling of regaining one’s power, of being encouraged, of uniting in common cause with others here, around the country and around the world, is what hope is all about. When there is hope, people will take action and vice versa. The stakes are very high for humanity and Mother Earth right now. Do watch the 2 minute youtube message from Jean Houston (link below) on how one can and must make a difference. 

Watch this youtube video clip from Jean Houston (<2mins).

Once you know something you cannot “un-know” it! That is what spurs activists.

As a group we have a way to go to develop form and structure, however we are in action. I was with Julian, Justine and the Hansen family on 29 November in Cape Town-one of the thousands of world climate marches around the globe. The Hansens marched with “Conscious Consumer” placards-so we have officially “come out” so to speak. Thanks to themJ

There are many topics and sub-topics under this heading ‘Conscious Consumer’: how we shop and how we spend our money on food, energy, housing, motor vehicles, services, money & banking etc.  We will need to be thoughtful when we dive into specific issues or topics. Vision, purpose, a positive, progressive approach and being process driven can take  us from where we are to where we aim to be-and what we aim to achieve.  

There is so much information out there and that will be one of the aims-to disseminate it effectively to as many people as possible. A movie a month will be one of the activities for the next year.

I have some terrific material and cant wait to share it with you all. 

In that regard if you wish to bring a flash drive to the film viewings I can copy over some of the important stuff afterwards. We must get the impactful info out there! 

There is so much going on at the moment that is important for the future of the planet and our society.

We do live in exciting times!

Looking forward, positively consciously and hopefully.

Roger Oxlee

Sonia Mountford

Sonia Mountford lived as an expat in the Middle East for a number of years and enjoyed travelling and exposure to third and first world cultures. Her interest in food security began while visiting in Sri Lanka after floods and discovering the politics around Food Aid. As a co-founder of Grass Consumer Action and the only full time member, she spent four years researching the dysfunctional food system in South Africa, investigating, questioning and exposing misleading claims. Although her interests range from food politics to toxins in our food, including harmful ingredients in processed foods and Big Food influence; she soon came to realize that the most important part of the food journey begins on farms. For that reason she spends much of her time visiting farms, learning and talking about constraints and concerns in production methods with farmers. Passionate about nutritional food security she believes higher animal welfare farming practices are not only necessary for ethical reasons but also for human health. She is an ambassador for SOIL, BEES and healthy WATER. Mountford started EATegrity ( “Helping You Find Integrity in the Food Chain” in 2015. Her aim is create greater consumer awareness about the food chain and to encourage transparency in the South African food industry.

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