Mountains surrounding a green valley

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...” That is what I thought as I attended the Sun Valley forum on The Future We Want.* We heard the worst of what humans can do--what we have done to our planet and other life--and the best of human courage, innovation, heart, passion and determination. The conference was not for the faint of heart but for those leaders who see our problems and face them squarely and clear-eyed. There were over 200 such people there, wonderfully including powerful young high school activists. Their passion and insight balanced the strategic plans of the older generations. The topics for the forum were informed by two reports. The first is the World...

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. Bacteria invented the electric grid long before we humans did. Connie Roser-Renouf, an associate professor at George Mason University,...

Andes mountains covered in trees and low clouds

Chelsea Carson is the Director of Outreach at Earthfire Institute, working to increase our local and global reach through environmental education, programming, and conservation. She has been working remotely for Earthfire while traveling through Central and South America, finding parallels to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the wild residents at Earthfire. While we usually focus on the Tetons and experiences on site at the sanctuary, it is important to make global connections between ecosystems and creatures near and far, to feel how intricately woven our lives are to one another and to share the messages of the animals across distances. For the past two months, I have been visiting...

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. Author Mark Rowlands has released a new book that investigates whether animals fit the definition of personhood---and how that should affect the...

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. An incredible new discovery may uncover the mystery of the day dinosaurs died---and paints a vivid picture of what the Earth overcame to...

Plant growing from a rock in a stream

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — There appears to be a great, slow awakening among humanity. There are two threads to this: one is our realizing how interconnected and related we are to all Life (carrots share 50% of our DNA); the other is how the impending climate crisis is forcing us to become more mindful of how we are living---and the consequences to all Life if we don’t. It is more useful to focus on this awakening rather than on dire predictions, as with hope and the development of a new story for us and the Earth, we will at least work towards something productive and positive---and who knows how effective that might be. It is worth a shot. In any case, wherever I go to gatherings...

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