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April 11, 2018

Duck Sledding, Bear Blueberries and Very Annoyed Chickens

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — Journal Entry: The chickens were mad. It was a dreary dark rainy morning in April and I didn’t get up at 6 am to let them out. Sally,...

“If not us, then who? If not now, then when?”—John E. Lewis April marks the launch of the Earthfire Council of All Beings 2018: Showing Up for Life on Earth, our multispecies initiative toward finding a new way of living on the Earth. Central to the Council of All Beings is the fact that we cannot do it alone. We need each other; and that means all of Life, not just human. Again, we need each other. Thus we invite all Life to come into Council with us so that we can include other intelligences, perspectives and wisdoms in our understanding of LIfe, and thus make more informed decisions on how to care for our Earth. The Council is dedicated to coming together in community to...

In a world of increasing uncertainty and chaos, we have a great opportunity to make dramatic positive changes in our relationship with nature, with the help of the animals. We invite you to join forces with Earthfire Institute to foster this change by hosting an intimate Changemakers’ Circle with Dr. Susan Eirich, in person or via a live, interactive video conference in your home. Bring together a few friends to share a cup of tea, or a dinner, and engage in rich, deep conversation, working towards inspiring positive solutions to our current environmental crises. Together you and Susan can create the focus of the conversation and the feel of the evening. It’s a lovely way to introduce...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — “We are being compelled...to take a quantum evolutionary leap. This leap could transfigure us and transform all social, economic, and political systems so that they honor equality, harmony with nature, justice for all sentient beings, and a sacred way of life that will bring peace to our earth. This is the Hope that illuminates my vision of Sacred Activism.”—Andrew Harvey, The Hope In this difficult time for all beings on our Earth we are called to speak and act from our deepest selves, our deepest wisdom, our deepest resources. We are called to lead, each in our own way, and to participate with others, all leading together. These times are...

— by Hope McKenzie — The movement to end our love affair with plastic took a promising step forward last month. Ekoplaza, a Dutch supermarket chain, opened a first-of-its-kind, plastic-free aisle in its Amsterdam branch, dedicating the space to over 700 plastic-free items. The aisle will be a testing ground for new compostable bio-materials, as well as traditional packaging such as glass, metal and cardboard. Currently, the grocer industry accounts for more than 40% of all plastic packaging, which means the majority of our food is being stored in a product not only created from petroleum, but also one with a lifetime that stretches far beyond our own. Plastic pollution is now so...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — In the end all our troubles come down to not treating each other well. Between humans; between humans and other species. If we did there would be very few problems, if you really think about it. The question is why we don’t we treat each other well, when it would make everyone happier and everything would work better. There are many factors. Generations of unhealed trauma. Biological hardwiring for fear, territoriality, and status. Brains that grew too fast, so our forebrains are not yet up to the task of controlling our emotions at the same time as we have the brilliance to create atom bombs. Culture has not really been up to the job of teaching us...

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