THE EARTHFIRE BLOG

Gigi, a Wild Grouse, Inexplicably Adopts a Human

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — In April I received an anguished email…..:  Hi Susan, We have a situation I could use advice on….Gigi the Grouse. For about a...

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 Susan B. Eirich, Ph.D. — I recently listened to a reading by poet David Whyte about “beautiful heartbreak.” I immediately thought about the rehabilitation license we just received. It essentially guarantees heartbreak. But it is necessary. In some cases there is a moral imperative – to try to undo some of the harm other humans have done, sometimes deliberately and callously; other times by accident but none the less human-caused harm. Sometimes we just need to give aid to a helpless living being who needs it. If we don’t accept both halves of life, the joy and the sorrow, we are in a sense rejecting the nature of life, wanting it to be what we want, rather than accepting...

— 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 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 hearts are warmed. However, it is important that we take our thinking further than that. What does it mean when a wild animal shows gratitude after a human helps them? What does it mean that a wild animal comes to a human asking for help? These and other questions, meant to help us think more deeply about the potential relationship we can have between species, were part of our first online Conservation Conversation. Other than a few technical glitches, it was a resounding success. If success is the right word to describe...

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