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Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Allegiance to the Earth: Investigating Our Loyalties

An interesting thought: when we ask, “How can we stop climate change?” we often mean, “How can we stop climate change without substantially changing how we live on the planet?”* The truth is, we can’t. What we first have to do is ask, “Where is my loyalty? Beth Robson writes: ”If the answer to the question is anything other than “With Nature,” we can’t expect life on this planet to go on much longer.”

In this conversation, we discuss what this means as we apply it to our own lives and actions. Watch the conversation below, then add your voice in the comments section to join us in this vital, absorbing, and shared exploration of our loyalties.

* “Where Is My Loyalty” by Beth Robson

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Our monthly Conservation Conversations are an important part of supporting and growing our community as we move forward through this pivotal time for life on Earth. Please join us for our next Conversation on Wednesday, March 12th, 2020 at 6:00 pm MT (5:00 Pacific; 8:00 Eastern). These are virtual events held via Zoom video chat, so all are welcome, regardless of where you live. The cost is free, but advance registration is required.

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Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Positive Forces in the Face of Climate Crisis

What’s being done and what can you do? In our most recent Conservation Conversation, Susan shared resources from the recent TEDWomen conference and other movements around the world, and participants contributed their own experiences, thoughts, and examples of how we can all work together for our planet. Small community conversations form a network of global inspiration that energize us and support effective action.

Resources Mentioned in this Conversation include the following: 

We Are All Related: A Conversation with Stan Rushworth
The Seven Sisters by Ann Loyola
To Speak for the Trees by Diana Beresford-Kroeger
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident by Bruce Pascoe
Re-Visioning the Earth Paul Devereux
The Secret Power of Human Vision from Matthew Fox
Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees
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Please Join Us for Our Next Conservation Conversation

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Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Embracing Economic Activism

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling—their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability… Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.

– Arundhati Roy

In this month’s conversation, Susan and Chelsea share ideas discussed during the Social Venture Circle Conference they attended in November.

The complexity of the issues we are facing as a planet requires us to be interdisciplinary, inclusive, and daring in our thinking and problem solving. It is essential that each one of us participate because we all exist on our Earth together and all have gifts to bring to the table. We need to make a 180-degree flip in what we value as a society, desiring the opposite of what we prize now in terms of consumption. We need to consider how goods and foods are made, transported, and marketed. What values do we support through our advertising? What do we consider newsworthy? What supports Life?

It’s time to imagine what would happen if we shifted our economic power to socially and environmentally conscious investments, realizing that every dollar spent affects us all.

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Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Heeding Nature’s Call for Change

Recently returned from a retreat called “Reversing Extinction,” and in the midst of rising protests across the world from Extinction Rebellion, Susan has been pondering three questions that arose during moments of deep listening and conversation:

  • What part is missing from our deep memory?
  • What are we colliding against?
  • What agreements are we not willing to make?

As the group discusses these questions, we contemplate how each of us can take personal responsibility for changing the way we live to better care for the Earth and all Life.

Please Join Us for Our Next Conservation Conversation

Our monthly Conservation Conversations are an important part of supporting and growing our community as we move forward through this pivotal time for life on Earth. Please join us for our next Conversation on Wednesday, March 12th, 2020 at 6:00 pm MT (5:00 Pacific; 8:00 Eastern). These are virtual events held via Zoom video chat, so all are welcome, regardless of where you live. The cost is free, but advance registration is required.

Registration is now open! Learn more about this month's conversation here.

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Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Taking the Earth into Consideration: Fostering a New Generation of World Leaders

Exciting, world-class researchers, thinkers, and artists recently convened in Todi, Italy. The focus was to work along with emerging young world leaders to explore how we move forward as a human race at this critical time. Dr. Susan Eirich shared powerful and important insights from the week and participants discussed how we can all help create environments that foster the type of world leaders we need to navigate our current crises.

For those who may want to explore the rich work of conference participants discussed in this conversation, we recommend further reading on the works of Brother David Steindl-Rast, Federico Faggin, Marko Pogacnik, Alexander Laszlo, and Patricia Jennings.

Please Join Us for Our Next Conservation Conversation

Our monthly Conservation Conversations are an important part of supporting and growing our community as we move forward through this pivotal time for life on Earth. Please join us for our next Conversation on Wednesday, March 12th, 2020 at 6:00 pm MT (5:00 Pacific; 8:00 Eastern). These are virtual events held via Zoom video chat, so all are welcome, regardless of where you live. The cost is free, but advance registration is required.

Registration is now open! Learn more about this month's conversation here.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

–Margaret Mead

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Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Animal Healing and Earth Repair: Susan Shares Current Research from Recent Global Conferences

We are all Midwives for Life

There are so many exciting, positive, mind-bending new learnings going on in the world. We are such an innately creative species.  It is a joy for me to keep up with them in the field of human/animals/nature/Earth relations and then share them with you. Part of the pleasure is letting the information flow through me to you.

In our last conversation, one participant asked me if I felt like a midwife (I love the perceptions that come out of these conversations). After a moment’s reflection, I said, “Yes,” because what I am doing is trying to help birth new ideas and perspectives in the service of Life. And, really, I realized, each of us is working for a better world for all Life in our own way. Each of us is a midwife, asking for or receiving unexpected “downloads” from our inner wisdom or something greater than ourselves, and then finding a way to express that. I thought it was a lovely way to speak of all our collective efforts on behalf of our planet.

During this last conversation, I brought back cutting-edge approaches to animal healing from the Animal Energy World Conference—and human healing, because fundamentally we are the same—and the work of passionate people around the globe doing “Earth Repair.” I hope you find the conversation thought-provoking and encouraging.

Please Join Us for Our Next Conservation Conversation

Our monthly Conservation Conversations are an important part of supporting and growing our community as we move forward through this pivotal time for life on Earth. Please join us for our next Conversation on Wednesday, March 12th, 2020 at 6:00 pm MT (5:00 Pacific; 8:00 Eastern). These are virtual events held via Zoom video chat, so all are welcome, regardless of where you live. The cost is free, but advance registration is required.

Registration is now open! Learn more about this month's conversation here.

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Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Supporting the Courage to Act: March Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich and Dr. Linda Bender

In March’s Conservation Conversation, Dr. Susan Eirich, Founder of Earthfire Institute, and Dr. Linda Bender, internationally renowned wildlife veterinarian and animal advocate, explored the issues of climate change and how to use our deep connection with nature to help us remain hopeful and resilient. They also discussed how we can find the courage to act rather than sink into despair. To hear this discussion and insights from the Earthfire community please watch the recording below. (more…)

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Ecology, Spirit, and Action

The Earth is Lonely For Us: How Should We Then Live?

Dr. Susan Eirich and the Earthfire community met for a deep, intimate conversation about the richness available to us if we tune into the life around us. We explored the ideas that every creature wants to be seen and what that implies. How do we interact with the material things in our life? Which of them do we need?

One of the ways we can support one another in making the now critical paradigm shift of considering all life in our personal and collective decisions is to help each other become more aware, attend to what we might not otherwise have seen. These conversations offer a supportive environment where together we can explore our fears, hopes, suggestions and actions as we work to make the changes needed.

Please Join Us for Our Next Conservation Conversation

Our monthly Conservation Conversations are an important part of supporting and growing our community as we move forward through this pivotal time for life on Earth. Please join us for our next Conversation on Wednesday, March 12th, 2020 at 6:00 pm MT (5:00 Pacific; 8:00 Eastern). These are virtual events held via Zoom video chat, so all are welcome, regardless of where you live. The cost is free, but advance registration is required.

Registration is now open! Learn more about this month's conversation here.

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Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Change is Hard but Necessary in These Times: How Do We Help One Another?

Chelsea caved on bananas; she swore not to eat anything that destroyed the Earth, but… change takes time, effort, commitment, and sacrifice. However, it also gives us pride. In this month’s conversation, we discussed how we disrupt our daily lives, habits and comfort to make and then maintain the changes necessary to support our Earth.

There is growing, if sometimes unwilling, awareness that we must make radical lifestyle changes in order to reverse our ecological crises. While making many small changes are important, they simply are just not enough. Fundamental change occurs when we think about what we are supporting with each of our actions: what we eat, where our food comes from, what clothes we wear. What are the consequences for the life systems of the Earth? Indigenous peoples, being close to the Earth, do this naturally. For us, until it becomes natural, we have to deliberately think about it. One term for this is conscious consumerism. It is an antidote to our human tendency to do what is convenient, to not question what is put before us.

Please Join Us for Our Next Conservation Conversation

Our monthly Conservation Conversations are an important part of supporting and growing our community as we move forward through this pivotal time for life on Earth. Please join us for our next Conversation on Wednesday, March 12th, 2020 at 6:00 pm MT (5:00 Pacific; 8:00 Eastern). These are virtual events held via Zoom video chat, so all are welcome, regardless of where you live. The cost is free, but advance registration is required.

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Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Reflections, Resolutions, and Community: December’s Conservation Conversation

As we move past the solstice and the darkness shifts to light, it is time to pull all our forces together to work towards a new way of being on the Earth. Susan and the participants in our last Conservation Conversation took this time to gather in community to reflect, renew, and set intentions for taking action in the new year for the benefit of all beings. Read Susan’s reflections on this conversation here. (more…)