— by Susan Eirich, PhD — How can we take action for nature and animals in these difficult times? We have a recent addition to our e-newsletter called One Good Deed, but it has been a struggle. How do you suggest things to people that are of real use? What is of real use? And if we suggest it, are we willing to do it ourselves? Part of the work at Earthfire is to look at the larger picture, including the perspectives of all nature, believing that our human-centric focus is too narrow to create real, lasting solutions without including all living systems of the Earth. But even working with just humans, how do we best proceed? Life against all odds | Stock Photo Do you suggest...

— by Susan Eirich, PhD — “Listening connects us. It opens a channel through which information can pass on a beam of respect and caring. And then, ultimately, love.”    Susan B. Eirich “I used to know a man who could walk by any cornfield and hear the corn singing. “Teach me,” I’d say. He’d say, “It takes a lot of practice. You can’t be in a hurry….Do this: go get to know one thing as well as you can. It should be something small. Don’t start with a mountain. Start with one seed pod or one dry weed or one handful of dirt. You have to respect that tree or hill or whatever it is you are with….Take the horned toad for example. If you think you are better...

— 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 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 animal hunters.”* Disturbing these vital ancient patterns; cutting two continents in half for the sake of temporary political expediency, will cause permanent species loss, habitat damage, and immeasurable suffering for wildlife. With the construction of an eighteen-foot steel and concrete wall along the United States and Mexico border nearly a thousand species, many already endangered and under great stress, will no longer be able to follow ancient traditions of migration, mating, hunting and foraging, critical to their...

Registration is now open for our July 26 live online video Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich, How Connecting with an Animal Can Help Us Heal the Earth. This month, we will be going deeper into one of the key questions we explored during our May and June Conversations: When we connect with non-human species, we have the opportunity to integrate their unique intelligences and wisdoms into our journey forward. How can the intelligence of a wild animal be used to help us live sustainably and heal the Earth? What can we do in our daily life? In this conversation, we will share what we are doing to achieve this. Earthfire community members have been thrilled by this global...

This is so important an idea that we wanted to call attention to it again, on Earthday, until it becomes part of our thinking. — by Susan Eirich, PhD — What if we developed a strategic business plan for the Earth the way successful businesses do, but include the voices of all living beings? We are managing the Earth and wildlife anyway; we are just doing it really badly. What I suggest is not that we run the Earth as a business but rather that we ask the larger questions first. Where do we want to go; what culture and values do we want to encourage. Let’s start from a beautiful hopeful vision that includes wisdom common to the world’s great spiritual traditions as the...