I have just finished writing the foreword to a collection of interviews with key figures in the Druid movement that has been put together by Ellen Evert Hopman. It’s due to be published later this year with the provisional title ‘A Legacy of Druids’. I rather like that – we have pods of dolphins, swarms of bees, and now legacies of Druids!
As I’ve been writing this, Pope Francis has spoken out about Climate Change, as has the Dalai Lama at the Glastonbury Festival – at the ‘spiritual centre of the event’, as the festival website describes the Peace Garden, with its stone circle built by Ivan McBeth, OBOD member and founder of the MODS (The Megalithic Order of Druids).
A member has asked me to make a statement about Climate Change too, but I think the world of Druidry is in an entirely different position to the two world religions represented by Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama. They have finally made these major position statements, whereas we’ve been taking this position since the late 1980’s.
I’ve written about this in my foreword to Ellen’s collection:
And Druidry’s legacy? It has become a vibrant alternative to the more mainstream religions and spiritualities – one which ironically may have been seen as an anachronism, but which has in reality proved itself to be more attuned to the current needs of humanity and the Earth than them all. As I write this, Pope Francis has just made a statement on the threat of climate change, and the Dalai Lama has also just spoken of it at the Glastonbury Festival. The Druids were warning us about this more than twenty-five years ago.
For those who would like to read a comprehensive statement that reflects the beliefs of probably all Druids and many others too, have a look here: A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment: www.ecopagan.com And if you agree, do sign the statement as has the Order, and many of its members.