Man & Nature: Overdue Relationship Therapy

Man & Nature:

Overdue Relationship Therapy

Freedom Sessions #5


Thurs 19:00, 20 April, 2023

@The Hague Peace Projects

On the 20th of April we will be hosting ‘Man and Nature’ – a public discussion and art exhibition exploring the story surrounding the climate crisis.

We will look at the link between the exploitation of the earth and colonialism, discuss the pros and cons of giving rights to nature, and talk about how to restore and restory our relationship with the earth and each other.

With a panel of invited expertise and a diverse audience we encourage an open and participatory evening to delve into this important theme. Our speakers for the evening are:

– Jan van de Venis (rights to nature)
– Chihiro Allianchu (restory our relationship with earth)
– Sophie Kwizera (nature and human rights)

– Benjamin den Butter (moderator)

‘Man and Nature’ will mark the opening of an art exhibition inspired by this theme and featuring the work of activist artists: Jakob de Jonge and Steen Bentall.

We believe in facilitating multiple perspectives, grounded in knowledge and different view points, to better understand the motivations of interested parties and the implications, repercussions, and the stories behind our assertions.

Add to the depth and diversity of our discussions and join us on the 20th.

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What’s the Story?


The playground of economics has failed to achieve a sustainable relationship with our planet. A system of competition, scarcity, and growth has relegated the world’s eco-systems to the play-things of the rich man’s journey.

Note: this is not new. This has been going on for a very long time.

Societies that once hinged on sustainable relationships with the planet’s natural resources have been degregated to the mainstream realm of naieve dreams and fading memories.

Those that remain are embedded in a plethora of indigenous cultures that struggle to survive, their sustainable philosophies categorised as unprofitable in an economy that attributes no added value to Nature, other than its exploitation.

Note: yes, the climate crisis was created by the arrogance of man. This has been going on for a very long time.

Given the realm of what is both achievable and desirable, what breadth of solutions should we consider and how do we discern real solutions from band-aid politics that just pass the problem on to future-me?

There can be no doubt as to the severity of the climate challenge that we are currently facing, and the quality of our solutions depends on how well we are able to talk about it together. It is time for us to talk and listen.

We look forward to hearing what you have to say. See you on the 20th!


Man & Nature

Thurs 19:00, 20 April, 2023

@The Hague Peace Projects

Thank you for your Support!

We would like to thank the Oranje Fonds for their generous support of the Freedom Sessions. Thank you!

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