— 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...

-- 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...

— 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...