BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 04 July '19

Hawkwood’s Seed Festival has declared 2019 the year for climate action

This year, we have solemnly hit the reality of environmental breakdown, with a lack of political will and leadership that is causing devastating impacts on our natural environment and social systems. Change needs to happen, and it needs to happen NOW.

Hawkwood’s Seed Festival (19-21 July, Stroud) is one of the UK’s most exciting ecology and arts festivals. It will mark its fourth year with the theme of ACTION.

Music, speakers and connections

Bringing together some of the most inspirational and brightest minds, the festival creates space for crucial conversations and critical connections, whether you’re inspired by a headlining speaker, learning a new skill or dancing with a band whose music speaks to your deep desire for change!

Over 100 inspiring actions will be shared. Future-thinking speakers include environmentalist Jonathon Porritt; BBC Springwatch’s Gillian Burke; Extinction Rebellion co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook, Soil Association’s Helen Browning; RSA’s Matthew Taylor; C40 cities’ Rachel Huxley, Permaculture legend Maddy Harland; Empathy Museum founder Roman Krznaric; Embercombe’s Mac Macartney; Julie’s Bicycle founder Alison Tickell; Friends of the Earth CEO Craig Bennett, and Rob Hopkins from Transition Network – and that’s just the start.

Living in incredible times

‘I don’t want you to hope, I want you to panic!’ says Greta Thunberg, as she inspires students around the globe to strike. This, coupled with Extinction Rebellion going global in a matter of months, shows that we are living in incredible times.

These emerging voices will be brought to the heart of Hawkwood’s Seed Festival. We’ll see powerful performances from artists such as Planetize the Movement founder and Poet Drew Dellinger from the USA, plus Nigel Shaw, Radio 4’s Matt Harvey, Murray Kyle and Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan from Down Under.

Carrie Tree, The Fox and The Owl, City2 Sea’s Natalie Fee & Angus Brel, Lewis Barfoot and many more will also be there to represent the UK’s finest.

Supporting action

The Hawkwood ethos of ‘A Place to Grow, A Place to Create, A Place for Conversation’ has resulted in a new and exciting addition to the 2019  Seed Festival, with attendees now invited to get involved in Crucial Conversations and Hive Mind Sessions as we cross-pollinate each other, and support each other in taking the necessary steps towards action after the festival too.

It will most certainly be buzzing this July on the outskirts of Stroud in the beautiful Cotswolds.

Hawkwood has a special atmosphere: the country house is set in the woodlands, with a biodynamic farm and a natural spring. It provides a serene and beautiful space for festivalgoers to restore and connect with nature whilst absorbing and contributing to these big conversations.

Hawkwood’s Seed Festival has been described as a ‘conference in a field’. It’s a very intentional event, and there has never been a more crucial time for people to come together and rise up for our future and for the planet.