THE EARTHFIRE BLOG

Protecting the Flow of Life Across the Borderlands

— by Susan Eirich, Hope McKenzie, Chelsea Carson — “For thousands of years animals have migrated in a rhythm as primal as a heartbeat, followed by their human and...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — About the Conservation Conversation Series: "We believe that the heart connection comes first in making any profound change. From that position, we can move to develop effective ideas and actions that each of us can do to help change the trajectory we are on with respect to the Earth and all its inhabitants. Heart connection unshared, however, is an un-mined source of profound change. When shared in community, it becomes another thing entirely – a powerful catalyst for change. This is the vision for our Conservation Conversations. To help each other stay tuned to that quiet inner voice that speaks to what is really life-sustaining. To explore how we can...

— by Hope McKenzie — Technology has spawned a loss of intimacy and connection, both with each other and with the world around us.  All of us are familiar with the sight of people enclosed in their own virtual domain, oblivious to those around them.  As we distance ourselves from the world in which we live—and all of its inhabitants and wonders—we lose site of its interconnectedness with us, of its gifts and of our own needs. We tune out of the individual voices once so resonant and into a cacophony of images and words that exist only in that virtual domain, wrenching ourselves from the natural world in which we inherently belong.  ...

A gathering to celebrate, protect and explore our sacred connections to wildlife. If you're in the area, join Susan and other wildlife experts in Bozeman, Montana, for an evening of art and insight into our connection and responsibility to wildlife. Hosted by The Emerson Grill and Wilder Goods Saturday, September 23rd 2017 in Bozeman, Montana Art​ ​Reception​ ​~​ ​5​ ​-​ ​7:30​ ​p.m. At Wilder Goods in the Emerson Cultural Center Open to the public A collaborative art show featuring artists with a passionate vision of our relationship to wildlife, as well as presentations from wildlife experts on advocating effectively with our representatives, bridging...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — I took the day off for my birthday—the one day a year I refuse to work. Immediately the mice came out to play. The day before Sally,our office manager, had said in her inimitable Texas way, ”Houston, (meaning me), we have a problem.”  She showed me a mouse-chewed wire; I acknowledged the fact. But when I returned, Sally showed me a picture she had taken of a young mouse walking casually across the office and just sitting there completely relaxed in the middle of the floor. As if it owned the place....

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — When Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans, the general policy was to rescue people but require them to leave their pets behind. This was unbearable for many.  There was a story on the radio about an 81-year-old-woman who refused to leave her dogs and cats. In the end, she perished.   Things have changed dramatically since then in our awareness of people’s bonds with their animals companions. A bond of love. A bond with one whom you consider a family member regardless of species is really unbreakable without severe damage to our souls.  We have made a different policy during Hurricanes Harvey and Irma - one that is more in the service of Life. And...

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