Foreshadowing is the transnational initiative dedicated to grieving ecological loss. This space builds and activates multi-platforms and resources for interrogating neo-colonial structure around the climate crisis and developing the agency and intelligence for collective witnessing and transformative healing. It aims to gather activists-artists-researchers-organisers from the frontline communities affected by damaged ecosystems and to process grief through community-led interspecies epistemology.
Foreshadowing intends to touch upon a few key areas. First and foremost, organising witnessing communities in the areas where the devastating impacts of ecological damage are prolific and urgent. Each witnessing process intersects ecological trauma with social ones and devises grief rituals based on community testimonies and lived experiences. This processing of intersectional trauma also considers the reparative climate-aware care structure that overcomes conventional therapy narratives and seeks the collective ways of holding the emotional pain of ecological loss and broken communities. The second is the creative conviction of political spirituality, leveraging spirituality as an engine for bringing people together. This process honours the indigenous relationships to nature and their healing practices, which conspire with the contemporary practice of community-led ritual makings and meaningful offerings. In this creative conviction, Foreshadowing also attempts to decolonise the practice of commemoration through exploring the idea of a ‘Living Memorial’. This experimental commemoration process imagines and involves interspecies collaboration focusing on performative care rather than the materialistic production of human-centred morality-imposing forms. Lastly, Foreshadowing aims to build and share community-centred knowledge on ecological grief as an alternative radical pedagogy and expand the advocacy network of the grief council as a movement.