Xhosa family in traditional dress

Note from Susan: We cannot “technology” our way out of our current crises, environmental or pandemic. We will need technology and our magnificent scientific brains, but they are part of the mindset that got us into this mess to begin with, believing we could control, fix, or take without consequences or a knowledge of the larger systems in which we live. Ideally, we will look as broadly as we can for other mindsets that work for living well on our Earth, and one place to look is to ancient indigenous wisdom. Actually, it is our own innate wisdom as well, but we have been torn from it. As you read the following beautiful and encouraging article, there are many truths you may...

Seeds in various stages of germination

This week, the coronavirus pandemic reached 5 million cases. While much is still unknown about the emergence of this disease, there is strong evidence to support the idea that it was caused by our disrespect for non-human life. But not all that has come from this experience has been bad---it has opened the doors for important conversations to be had around the globe, centering on both immediate and long-term effects of human life on the planet. As we continue to seek answers and solutions, it is our hope that these will consider the future of all life on our Earth. These are some of the stories that have been keeping us informed and filling us with hope recently: Immunologist Dr....

Female Pangolin climbs a tree with baby pangolin holding on to her tail

In the days since coronavirus began sweeping across our planet, many of us have experienced moments of extreme fear and grief. And in those moments, many of us have reached out for the comfort of connecting with a beloved animal. For those of us who love animals deeply, there is nothing as healing as being in their presence, whether it be stroking the warm fur of a dog or cat curled up beside us, watching a bird perched in a tree, or catching a glimpse of a deer walking silently through the woods. Animals of all kinds have a way of bringing us back to the present moment―teaching us not to dwell in what has already passed, or to dread what may come in the days ahead. Here at Earthfire,...

Seeds in various stages of germination

The news that is foremost in nearly everyone's mind right now is coronavirus. But these stories show that some good has come of this pandemic: A positive perspective on coronavirus: what if the virus is the medicine? The toilet paper shortage has a lot of people buying bidets, and that's a good thing for the environment. Vietnam is following China's lead in banning the trade and consumption of wildlife. Of all the shortages brought on by coronavirus, this is one we can get behind: New York City animal shelters have been emptied of pets looking for foster homes or adoption. And in other inspiring news: Keas, a species of parrot native to New Zealand, have a knack...

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. Almond milk may look like a good alternative to cow's milk, but it comes at a high cost to our already struggling bee populations. Climate...

Fountain Pen on spiral notebook with baby's breath flowers

— By Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — I have to admit that I love pens. I collect them, use them, somehow find ten in my pocketbook and upon finding none on my desk, order more, and still walk off absentmindedly with other’s pens. I would be embarrassed to open my desk drawer to you. And of course, other’s pens always look better; more enticing. I want that one… (This is the same impulse our wolves have with bones---the other’s is always juicier.) Pens make me feel safe. I always have something to write with when I have a thought or need to write a reminder. I go directly to the pen aisle in a stationary store as others might go to the candy section. It’s rare that I find a satisfactory...

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