THE EARTHFIRE BLOG

Beautiful Heartbreak: On receiving a wildlife rehabilitation license.

— by Susan B. Eirich, Ph.D. — I recently listened to a reading by poet David Whyte about “beautiful heartbreak.” I immediately thought about the rehabilitation...

-- by Chelsea Carson -- The summer solstice has passed and millions of us are heading out to nature, which is a wonderful thing. However, millions of us treading outside can make a huge negative impact on the wild lands and the living beings we are there to enjoy. From flowers reaching their lovely heads to the sun, their whole being focused on setting seed and perpetuating their species, to the animals we so want to see. Imagine if thousands of people came walking through your home during a weekend. You would want then to be thoughtful. Impacts are inevitable but consciously minimizing impacts is our choice. Nature is not a backdrop for human activities, though we may perceive it that...

-- by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. -- A call came – can we take a baby beaver? Yes. When it arrived it was tiny – close to a newborn. It was crying piteously. There was no one in the state available to care for it except us and we did our very best. Jean used his special energy to try to infuse life force into it, spending hours trying to get her to take a bottle. I had a special pouch made so that I could carry her with me close to my beating heart for the sense of companionship so crucial to beavers. We put fresh and crushed willow with her for a familiar smell in case that would give her ease. Despite our best efforts, research, vet care, the baby beaver didn’t make it. The last two...

We will be continuing our in-depth, heartfelt conversation from May, contemplating some key questions that arose in the conversation and remain in our hearts and minds: • When we say, “all life is sacred,” what does it mean for how we live? • How do we connect with animals and nature? • What is our story? • How can we support each other on our journey to healing our connection with wildlife and nature? The online video conversation takes place on Wednesday, June 21, at 6pm Mountain time (5pm Pacific; 8pm Eastern). The cost is free, but space is limited, and advance registration is required. Reserve Your Spot Now for this Heartfelt Community Experience...

-- by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. -- We often feel powerless in the face of all that is happening on the Earth, but it is surprising how doing one good deed can help us feel, and be, powerful.  Our action can grow in surprising ways once we have started along that way of thinking; begun that flow of energy. A sample suggestion: make a sanctuary or altar for yourself.  It can be any size, anywhere: a desk top, a window sill, a corner of a room, a place under a tree.  Make it a practice to go daily.  At that sanctuary you can connect with yourself first.  From there ideas for action can begin to form. On a more immediately practical level, make a sanctuary for an animal or a plant, be it...

— by Chelsea Carson — To understand how we, as individuals, can positively impact the Earth, we must first be aware of the impact of our own actions. We cannot change our behaviors if we don't understand the effect they have on the world around us. Beginning to question our daily actions, and making choices that promote positive change, rather than automatically following what others are doing; or purchasing what is available without questioning if we need it, is an excellent first step to becoming an active guardian of the Earth. * For example, when using a piece of paper, reflect on the journey this paper took, all the way back to the living community that...

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