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Each month we have will a suggestion for something we can do and invite your responses, ideas and actions. Ours will come from the basic principle of spiritual ecology, that all Life is sacred and our actions should reflect that principle. Thus we combine the spiritual and the practical into loving action for our Earth. Love always works well... — by Dr. Ellis Jones — Around ten years ago, I wrote The Better World Shopping Guide, part of my attempt to do something good in this world. Now in its 5th Edition, it represents the end result of a long-term research project to create a comprehensive, up-to-date, reliable account of the social and environmental responsibility of every...

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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...

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-- by Susan Eirich, PhD -- Each morning I collect the fine eggs from our fine chickens – pale blue and pink and green. Most are destined for the distinct pleasure of our bears, foxes and coyotes. (To make it very clear: for the distinct pleasure of Teton Totem, Humble Bumble, Huckleberry Bear Bear, Bramble and Ramble bears; Faerytale and Shaman coyotes, Foxie Moxie, Lightfoot II, Loki and Sprite foxes). The chickens have their contribution to make and they do it well. Our fine eggs But each morning I reserve one for myself. I boil it 3 minutes. Dipping my spoon into the deep orange yolk I think about how the egg came into existence. It is made of the tender green spring grasses the...

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— by Susan Eirich, PhD — When I got out of the plane returning the States after living in a village high in the Himalayas on the border of Tibet, the first thing that struck me was straight lines everywhere. The walls, the tiles on the floor, the counters – everything was straight. Where I came from everything was homemade, rounded, organic. The contrast was startling. I had a similar experience driving major highways down to Tucson from Idaho recently. Living here, there is no need to get on a superhighway. I spend much time on the land here with the trees and animals. The town has one traffic light. I was driving my little Subaru in the slow lane at a respectable 85 mph, but...

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-- by Susan Eirich, PhD -- When we do any journey with good intention, be it an inner or an outer journey, we come back home with riches. This is a time where it is especially critical that we journey, in order to come up with the most thoughtful effective things we can do for our Earth and the life systems she supports. The more mindful we are about what we can do the more effective it will be. We must let the sense of urgency energize us but not lead us to quick fixes or waste time on not very useful actions. I would like to share with you a journey I just took in pursuit of how Earthfire can be more effective, and share with you what I came back with. Then I would very much like to...

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— by Pamela Jay — Let me share with you……… YES YES YES …there is so much we can do every day in every way to change the world and make our existence constructive rather than destructive. I will share one for today that is utterly AWESOME…… Ellis Jones, Ph.D. reminds us that we go to the polls a few times a year to vote…….but we actually are voting every day by who and where we spend our money. The average American family spends around $25,000 every year on goods and services…. Think of it as casting 25,000 votes every year for the kind of world you want to live in. Dr. Jones has created The Better World Shopping Guide already in its fifth edition and continues to...