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Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff: Indigenous Elder Wisdom for Modern Times

Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff was born and raised with a traditional upbringing on the Pribilof Islands of the Bering Sea. His traditional name, Kuuyux, was given to him when he was four and means extension of ancient knowledge into modern times. … Continue reading

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Occupy Love

Occupy Wall St – The Revolution Is Love with Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics: Watch Video>>

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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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Sustaining the Human Spirit: Another Way of “Going Green”

by Parker J. Palmer, founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal

I’ve admired and applauded the sustainability movement from afar but—true confessions—I’ve not been a close student of it or an active participant in the organizations that represent it.

Because of my ignorance, I assumed that the movement was exclusively focused on things like clean air; an adequate and potable water supply; soil conservation; the fuels we use to transport ourselves and our “stuff”; the flora and fauna that inhabit the earth; the earth itself under the impact of rapid and devastating climate change and species extinction; and, of course, our ability to survive as a species on this resilient yet fragile orb. 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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Irreparable Human Deficit Looms in Wake of Budget-Cutting Frenzy

by Riane Eisler, Rene Redwood – OP ED

A financial debt can be paid. But the debt we’ll owe our children if investments in health, nutrition and education are slashed is irreparable. Investment in human infrastructure is essential for success in the post-industrial economy, and this should be our policymakers’ guiding economic principle.

It’s up to us to ask the hard questions: Why are we being told we can’t raise taxes on the rich, but must cut wages for teachers, nurses, child-care workers and others on whom our future depends? There is no evidence that lower taxes on corporations and millionaires raise all boats, or that massive cuts in social services have ever helped people in developing nations rise from poverty. The opposite is true. It’s countries like Canada, Sweden, New Zealand and Finland that have made commitments to caring for future generations that have risen from poverty to prosperity.

Why are we told that cutting social programs is the road to prosperity, when our past prosperity was the result of the very opposite?

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Thich Nhat Hanh and David Suzuki in Conversation about the Health of the Planet

by James Hoggan. Article and video-clips on HuffPost. “Thich Nhat Hanh said we have to accept that our civilization can be destroyed, not by an outside force, but by ourselves, just as many civilizations before ours have been destroyed. If … 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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