Earthfire's first Conservation Conversation, 2011, with Harvey Locke of the Y2Y, Bob and Charlotte Baron of Wild Foundation, staff and board membersPhoto by: Earthfire

— by Susan B. Eirich, Ph.D. —

The good news: There is a profound worldwide paradigm shift in understanding how nature works. We humans are beginning to realize the living world is profoundly interconnected, and therefore our actions have far-ranging consequences. This awareness is a very beautiful and useful thing.

The less-good news: we are in a race against time and need to change our values and actions to match this new realization, rapidly.

With the help of the wild animals here and elsewhere, we at Earthfire aim to accelerate this shift. Living in a technologically interconnected age gives us the opportunity to do this world-wide by creating an online platform to discuss what we can do – a discussion that includes the voices of the animals. Thus we have redesigned our website so people can actively engage in a community conversation about forging a new way of relating to nature. One that brings us joy, and includes and supports all life.

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Tibetan Buddhist Monk visiting Earthfire | Photo by Earthfire

We need ancient human wisdom and nature’s wisdom – but we also have to move with the times; use current knowledge and capacities as well. Thus the site is technologically advanced and, importantly, has been redesigned to be mobile friendly. We have also designed it so there are many opportunities for you to join in the conversation and add your own insights and perspective; the blogs, the podcasts, the animal stories and the videos.

While keeping all the favorite features of our old site — animal stories, pictures and videos — a key new feature is the active blog, with plenty of room for your comments. We invite blogs that range from spiritual ecology and shamanism, to paradigm-shifting discoveries by top scientists that help us make new sense of our world and the profound individuality of wild animals and what they can teach us. In addition to your voices we will have regular podcasts of interviews with change-makers from a variety of disciplines, and online seminars. Intimately woven throughout the site are the voices of the animals, expressed through stories, videos and photos.

Bluebell - Photo by Tony Cross

Bluebell | Photo by Tony Cross

One of the major causes of our environmental problems is that we tend to think in narrowly human-centered terms, leading us to make decisions disconnected from how nature works. The wild animals under our care serve as a portal for humans into awareness of the larger community of life; into vivid connections with other living beings. A more inclusive framework gives us crucial additional information and perspectives with which to make decisions benefiting all life. We hope the new site will help people move to such a framework.

When we feel connected with other living beings and respect the systems that support them, and us, we make entirely different personal and political decisions.

“We as a culture are beginning to understand that to ‘conserve’, is not enough. We have to change our relationship to the natural world. Then everything else will follow.”

This is what we are attempting to foster; to change the way we humans see, and therefore treat, wildlife and nature, by widening the circle of conversation about ecology and spirit to include the voices of all living beings. Our intent is to serve as a powerful seed center for healing our connection with the natural world. You are warmly invited to join us in this effort of finding a new way of living together on this earth.

Because we have so much more content, we will be sending the e-newsletter out two times a month. The second one will include our much-loved Animal Tail and video.

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Let us know what you think of all this! With excitement and hope,

Susan

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