The Deep Water Initiative was inspired by the “deep ecology” principles of Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess and the ecological importance of water as an all-pervasive element that sustains life on this planet.  The metaphysical importance of water as both a cleanser and regenerator has been upheld by many cultures throughout the world, and is celebrated within the creation myths of different religious and spiritual traditions.  The Deep Water Initiative was particularly influenced by the significance of water as demonstrated within the Five Books of Moses.


*The Deep Water Initiative is classified as a private operating foundation that qualifies for tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


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The Deep Water Initiative aims to use media as a platform for the production and distribution of educational awareness materials, which explore the relationship between humans and the natural world. 





The Deep Water Initiative designs and hosts numerous film series screenings with a variety of educational based institutions, including: universities, environmental fellowships/programs, institutions of faith and local film forums. We believe that film can and should serve as a dynamic education tool as well as a powerful agent of change. We support the screening of high quality film productions that address the complexity of ecological sustainability within local, indigenous and faith based communities living within a post-modern world.


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The Religion and Ecology Podcast is one component of the larger Transformational Media Program.  The goal of the podcast is to engage with thought-leaders in the field of Religion and Ecology (POD), provide an alternative medium for community-based education (AE), and to function as a platform for creative expression through original music and soundscape recordings (MUS).

(POD: Podcast Interview) (AE: Audio Essay) (MUS: Original Music)


Torah for the Earth is a podcast series that provides ecologically-centered commentary on the weekly Torah portion.  Each week, the listener will be provided with a short and impactful audio essay that aims to relate messages contained within the weekly parashah with contemporary, ecological challenges.  The podcast is hosted by Deep Water Initiative founder Charlie Forbes, who has an interest in exploring the scriptural foundations of religious traditions and their relationship to environmental teachings and practices.  By systematically evaluating the Torah, this podcast aspires to illustrate that an understanding of the natural environment is fundamental to Jewish thought and philosophy, and integral to an appreciation of Jewish religious life.

You can follow our podcasts and audio essays on Soundcloud, iTunes, or on our webpage below.


Please click here for full transcripts of our Audio Essays (AE).


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