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July 12, 2019

The Future We Want: Transforming Leadership, Accelerating Innovation and Unlocking Imagination at the Sun Valley Forum

A 3-day gathering of leaders, luminaries, and change-makers from across the globe will come together at the 5th annual Sun Valley Forum, put on by the Sun Valley...

Black Bear resting behind a large rock

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — Huckleberry Bear Bear is quite elderly now, so foolishly, we trusted him. We wash the bear enclosures with a powerful hose, which is an object of great interest for the bears. (Ramble the grizzly snares one with some regularity and seems to find a thrill in the upset caused by the need to replace a severed and well-punctured hose at $60 and a 3-hour round trip drive.) But gentle black bear Huckleberry? Now that it is spring and the bears are awake, Huckleberry goes out into his Garden. There is a passageway from his enclosure to the Garden that passes quite close to the water spigot and its attached hose. Jean had moved the hose, he thought, out of...

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. Nobel Prize winning physicist Steven Chu reports that "agriculture and land-use generates more greenhouse gas emissions than power...

View of Earth from space showing Europe and north Africa

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. The discussion was rich with insights about how to navigate our current crises without falling into despair, taking the best effective action we personally can manage instead. I received the email below just afterwards. He had been arrested for a peaceful protest in his home town of Boulder, Colorado. In David's new book, Ecodharma, he coined the term “ecosattvas”—a play on ecology and the term bodhisattva, a person who takes the basic tenet of Buddhism, compassion for all sentient beings, and applies it in the world....

A white wolf and a dark gray wolf howling together

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — As I walk through the early morning cold, the wolves and coyotes begin their morning howl. I let the beauty of the sound vibrate through me, into me, into every cell of my body until the music of the howls and I become one. 30 March. The melting mounds of snow are forming great puddles on the land, puddles that are apparently irresistible to the multitudes of birds on the property. They are out there indulging wildly, ecstatically, fluttering and splashing and ducking and preening and ducking and splashing and fluttering for a very long time. The ice is gone! Freedom! Spring! The joy and excitement is contagious. Life is good. Hopefully our willow buds...

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. Scientists have decoded the language of honey bees, paving the way for greater advances in research focused on these important pollinators. Not...

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