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Buddhism and Activism: David Loy Advocates for Civil Disobedience

Eminent Buddhist scholar David Loy joined our Conservation Conversation last week to talk about what the Buddhist approach can contribute to our current climate crises....

Seeds in various stages of germination

Seeds are tiny, magical packets of latent energy and potential, ready to burst forth when conditions are right. They contain the very essence of Life itself: ancient wisdoms and future hopes, exquisitely designed to adapt and evolve as needs arise. Part of Earthfire’s mission is to be a seed center. Here we gather selections of what we would like to see to germinate, take root, and unfurl into the light; stories that educate, inspire, inform and embrace hope and action. We invite you to partake, swap and share them. May they all bear fruit. A recent study has shown that switching to an organic diet really does result in a significant drop in pesticide residues in our bodies. School...

The Austrian Tea Pot

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — I took a handful of tea leaves and put them in my little Austrian teapot. Then I suddenly remember that I found the tea strainer yesterday. It had rolled away under the armoire. I had looked everywhere for it, given up, and just put the tea leaves directly in the pot, the old-fashioned way. It was fine except if you leave tea leaves in too long, the tea gets bitter. Still, it worked. One day while looking for something else on my hands and knees, there it was! But I had been so long without it that I forgot the next morning and put the tea leaves directly in the pot again. Then I remembered. I put my hand in the small opening and carefully took out the tea...

Seeds in various stages of germination

Seeds are tiny, magical packets of latent energy and potential, ready to burst forth when conditions are right. They contain the very essence of Life itself: ancient wisdoms and future hopes, exquisitely designed to adapt and evolve as needs arise. Part of Earthfire’s mission is to be a seed center. Here we gather selections of what we would like to see to germinate, take root, and unfurl into the light; stories that educate, inspire, inform and embrace hope and action. We invite you to partake, swap and share them. May they all bear fruit. The Lancet Commission on Obesity recently published a major study that aims to cause a "radical rethink" of degenerative farm and food production...

Sparrow in hand

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — It’s been snowing and snowing here---a welcome event as that is a normal winter for us. It is what life is adapted to here. Snow insulates the ground and the roots of the trees from the cold. The voles burrow along under the snow in long tunnels, feeding the magnificent great gray owls that come every winter. It gives us our water in the spring as it seeps into the aquifer below, nurturing plant life along the way. Sparrows in the trees | Earthfire However, for one unfortunate sparrow, plump and lazy from the easy pickings of stealing the chicken’s food, the snow was not a blessing. As the snow accumulates on the red metal roof above the horse,...

Seeds in various stages of germination

Seeds are tiny, magical packets of latent energy and potential, ready to burst forth when conditions are right. They contain the very essence of Life itself: ancient wisdoms and future hopes, exquisitely designed to adapt and evolve as needs arise. Part of Earthfire’s mission is to be a seed center. Here we gather selections of what we would like to see to germinate, take root, and unfurl into the light; stories that educate, inspire, inform and embrace hope and action. We invite you to partake, swap and share them. May they all bear fruit. Environmentalist John Seed has a weekly podcast called For the Wild, which explores questions like, "How do we reverse ecological damages and...

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