THE EARTHFIRE BLOG

Spiritual Ecology
May 26, 2017

Reflections from Our First Online Conservation Conversation

-- by Susan B. Eirich, Ph.D. -- We have all seen many online videos of humans helping wild animals in distress, from dolphins to ravens; sharks to whales, and our...

— 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...

-- By Susan Eirich, PhD -- After 19 years of trying, Earthfire Institute has finally received a formal rehabilitation license from the State of Idaho Department of Fish and Game. We have been working with them informally over the years on a case by case basis when they needed help with specific animals, but this is different. We can now take calls from the public and they are coming in several times a week. The need is so great! And so many of the issues are human caused that we owe it to the animals to do what we can. At this time of year it is mostly orphaned babies. To date we have welcomed coyotes and beavers but soon there will be black bear babies and others. I am afraid that I am...

Your donation to Earthfire will be matched by up to 50%, up to a total of $25,000. The giving period ends July 21st, and the funds must be given through the Tin Cup to receive the match. Tin Cup is our largest fundraiser of the year and covers an essential part our operating expenses. We appreciate your generous contribution. The Tin Cup Challenge, offered through the Community Foundation of Teton Valley, helps local non-profits raise funds by matching donations. You can learn more about the Tin Cup Challenge here. Donate to Earthfire through Tin Cup here. Thank You for Your...

Every evening I sit at my desk writing. For the past several months, out of the desk drawer, through a neatly chewed hole, pops a little nose, whiskers and bright black eyes. A mouse has moved into the drawer. Its not really good to have a mouse in a house. I set a live trap for her. Night after night, week after week, month after month she ignored it. Peanut butter; cheese, it mattered not. She had this cozy home in my drawer filled with papers. She stayed warm through the bitter winter. The drawer seemed to suit her just fine. Over time I sort of looked forward to her popping out, looking at me - then quick as a ghostly shadow she was across my desk on a journey to somewhere in the nether...

— by Dr. Ellis Jones — In each edition of The Better World Shopping Guide I compile a list of The Top Ten Things To Change. Number 1 on that list is (and has always been) to change your bank. I know, I know - this is not an easy decision. Most of us have limited options in our town or city. Its a part of our routine. Its asking a lot. Having said that, it makes a HUGE difference, particularly if you're at a big bank currently. Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citibank, and the like are some of the worst rated companies period, for their overall social and environmental impacts. Between bailouts, lobbyists, and financing political campaigns, big banks are at the top of the list of...

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