— by Hope McKenzie — Chelsea, a member of the Earthfire team, recently observed a long row of plastic-bagged leaves while on an evening bike ride. “When we put leaves in plastic bags,” she said afterward, “we’re putting all kinds of Life in plastic bags, and it suffocates.” By removing and bagging leaves, we not only destroy the Life living within the leaves, we also remove critical habitat for butterfly and other larvae. Collecting the leaves eradicates a protective space for butterflies and moths to survive the winter as pupae. Worms, microbes, ground dwelling moles and toads, among many others, all depend on the leaves for both habitat and hunting grounds over the long...

— by Richard Landry — When we ask the question, “What can I do to heal the Earth?,” we may be missing the point. In the big scheme of things, there is no “I” separate from the Earth and all creation. When we uncover this insight for ourselves, we unlock our powerful capacity to benefit all Life. There is a very simple way, built right into our living bodies, to accomplish this. Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön calls it “pause practice.” Wherever we are, whatever we are doing, no matter how caught up we are in the moment—if we remember—we can pause and take “three conscious breaths.” That’s it. Our bodies are designed so that whenever we breathe, we reaffirm...

We often find ourselves consumed by busy schedules filled with endless engagements, responsibilities and demanding deadlines. In the process of having to be somewhere or do something, it is easy not to attend to our restoring ability to just be. How do we tune out of our distractions and into Life? We can make a date with Nature, put it on our calendar, and insist on it. It is really a date with our Selves. It needn’t be long - it can be only 5 minutes. We just have to do it, to help our brains make that transition. Nature can actually alleviate stress and anxiety while increasing our capacity to listen and connect with other living beings. We recently had a staff retreat where...

— by Hope McKenzie — One action we can take that is really meaningful--and if many of us do it, really powerful--is to investigate available incentives for clean energy; make it a point to use one if possible, and let others in your community or network know about these options.   Local energy companies around the country are implementing incentives to wean people away from coal-fired power.  With the simple click of a mouse, customers can choose to get a percentage of their power from a clean energy source.  The Department of Energy also offers numerous tax credits, rebates and clean energy loans designed to encourage and support the switch to renewable energy...

— by Hope McKenzie — Technology has spawned a loss of intimacy and connection, both with each other and with the world around us.  All of us are familiar with the sight of people enclosed in their own virtual domain, oblivious to those around them.  As we distance ourselves from the world in which we live—and all of its inhabitants and wonders—we lose site of its interconnectedness with us, of its gifts and of our own needs. We tune out of the individual voices once so resonant and into a cacophony of images and words that exist only in that virtual domain, wrenching ourselves from the natural world in which we inherently belong.  ...

— by Chelsea Carson — Last time we spoke about the necessity of maintaining wildlife corridors so animals can move freely as needed for survival. In our blog this week we discuss the proposed border wall across the US-Mexico border and what we can do. This 1900-mile long wall will cut off the natural flow of life and habitat for at least 700 hundred species of animals, some of them already stressed or endangered. To help prevent the wall a first step is to become active in the dialogue and events around this issue. Calling our local government officials, signing petitions, writing editorial pieces for magazines and newspapers- any way to add our voices to the opposition is helpful....