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Book: Exploring Wild Law: The Philosophy of Earth Jurisprudence edited by Peter Burdon

Profound and timely essays by Liz Hosken, Cormac Cullinan, and many others. Read an abstract, including the Dedication to Thomas Berry by Jules Cashford here>>

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Book: Becoming Native To This Place by Wes Jackson

Wes Jackson lays the foundation for a new farming economy grounded in nature’s principles and nurtured in small towns and rural communities. more info>>

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Engineering Bridges That Are Alive

In the northeast of India, the roots of fig trees have been trained for centuries to stop erosion from the flash floods of the Monsoon season and build living bridges that can survive any deluge: Watch video>>

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Life Study: How nature nurtures students at an inner-city high school

by Marilyn Berlin Snell

At 16—too young to be so mean—Ashley frequently let her claws fly in class. Scowls appeared at random, over slights no one could recall delivering. Her general disposition often kept the desks around hers vacant while the rest filled with students.

It was January of her junior year at Balboa High School in San Francisco, and the principal had just taken Ashley out of the communication-arts program that would have united her and two disruptive friends in the same classroom until graduation. Only 13 percent of Balboa’s junior class that year scored at or above the national average on the standardized reading and math tests—results that the San Francisco Unified School District called “nothing less than a crisis.” Continue reading

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Conversation: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

Deep Water

by Richard Whittaker; June 13, 2011

Most of us in the west take clean water for granted. And generally we’re equally asleep to the profound role water plays in our lives. In an interview with Sam Bower of greenmuseum.org [issue #18] I brought up the question of water. He mused, “If you think of what we are, I mean we’re made up of cells and each little cell contains a drop of seawater. In some ways, all the little creatures that emerged from the seas found each other, bound together and found a way of collaborating and sharing the recipe over and over with helpful modifications, and here we are today! Every chance we get to replenish that connection to the seas is just a delight. In some way, it’s a reminder of home.” Sam pointed me to Betsy Damon [see issue#19] who has devoted her life to studying water, to creating systems for the restoration of degraded water and to raising consciousness about what she calls living water. “Basically, higher life-forms like water that has gone up and down the mountain ten thousand times,” she says, quoting an old Chinese proverb. Each of us, if we were to look carefully, would find that some of our deepest memories are intimately connected with water. We need to be reminded of this. Continue reading

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Book: In Search of the Informal Capital of Community

by Hanmin Liu President and CEO of Wildflowers Institute. Hanmin Liu writes of his exploration and understanding of the often invisible strengths and resources in communities, what he calls informal capital. He then describes models and processes to support communities … Continue reading

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Film: Journey of the Universe

This film project and book is a collaboration of evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme and historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, and biology with humanistic insights concerning the … Continue reading

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Film: A Farm for the Future

Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key. BBC Natural World Film. Film can be viewed HERE.

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A New Shade of Green:

Interview with Pierre Rabhi by Joseph Rowe, on the website “Illuminate Me” – “The priority of the agro-ecological approach is for people to be able to feed themselves, through respect and effective use of their own local resources. Production must … Continue reading

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Akinori Kimura’s Miracle Apples

This is a true story about a Japanese farmer from the far north of Honshu, the mainland island, and how he spent 10 years learning from nature how to grow apples without pesticides. Apples that taste wonderful and keep a … Continue reading

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