Green Festival Speakers

Belvie Rooks



Rooks is a writer, educator and producer whose work weaves the worlds of spirituality, feminism, ecology and social justice with a passion for engaged dialogue as way of bridging various divides.

For the past three years she has hosted a monthly teleseminar, ConverZations That Matter, featuring such globalthought leaders as Brian Swimme, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Carl Anthony, Riane Eisler, Barbara Holmes and astronaut Edgar Mitchell, as part of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Shift in Action Series.

Rooks has actively created opportunities for ongoing intergenerational dialogues and mentoring with many of the emerging social and environmental justice activists such as Juliet Ellis (executive director of the Urban Habitat Program), Jakada Imani (executive director of Ella Baker Center for Human Rights) and Van Jones (founder and president of GreenForAll).

Rooks is the creator of Hey Listen Up: Race, Cosmology and The Environment, a groundbreaking multimediabased, urban ecoliteracy project and curriculum, supported by The Earth Island Institute. According to Matthew Fox, Belvie Rooks has found a way to inspire and awaken, empower and excite, a new generation of young people to learn their power and their place in the universe and in society.

Cosmologist and physicist Brian Swimme has described her work as, crafting a curriculum and pedagogical process that empower the creativity of young adults and that free them from limiting selfconcepts.

Rooks served as a writer and segment producer for Courage, a television series hosted by Danny Glover that was selected by TV Guide as one of the Top Ten inspirational shows for 2001. She was also the principal writer, director and cocreator with Danny Glover and Roy Scheider of Whos Gonna Be There? Whos Gonna Be There?, a theatrical piece costarring Danny Glover and Roy Scheider.

She is executive producer, along with filmmaker Damani Baker, of Demarias Journey, a documentary (in progress) about social justice and global consciousness, featuring astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dedan Gills, Lynne Twist and other global though leaders.

Her published works have appeared in a number of books, publications and anthologies, including Sacred Poems and Prayers in Praise of Life, The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult by Alice Walker, My Soul is a Witness: African American Womens Spirituality, Life Notes: Personal Writings by Black Women, Double Stitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters, and Paris Connections: African American Artists in Paris.

Until recently Rooks served as vice president of Project Development for Carrie Production, one of Danny Glover's production companies. Currently she is one of the producers of a feature film (aworkinprogress by Louverture Films) entitled Ballad for Americans about the relationship between Paul Robeson and Albert Einstein during the McCarthy era. She is a former board member of Bioneers, The Urban Habitat Program and the Positive Futures Network/Yes Magazine and is currently chair of the board of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and a board member of the Institute for Noetic Sciences and the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation.

Her current passions include combatting the affects of global warming and the impact of climate change on poor communities in the U.S. and on the African continent.