There are so many reasons why I wanted to join the Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women, however I decided to make a big sign that said “I’m With Her” pointing to Mother Earth, and “People, Plant, Peace, Over Profit” on the back.
My main area of activism has always been centered around earth care. I feel compelled to speak for the life on this planet that has no voice, but which has been subjected to many of the same traumas that women have faced – exploitation, commodification, degradation, devaluation, and assault. Whether people attack the earth or women, the mindset is the same – there is a blatant disregard their sacredness and inherent worth. The perpetrators ignore the fact that the earth and women are the givers and sustainers of life – and should be honored and revered not abused and violated. If we do not learn how to be in right relationship with the earth, it is hard to imagine how we can solve our cultural problems – especially as climate change leads to scarce resources and more mass migrations. Read More
I think it is better to speak out for someone than to stand in silence while they are being insulted, bullied, or attacked. However, I am uncomfortable with the self-congratulatory tone of posts that have been circulating, the ones where someone is being rude in a checkout line, so then the bystander steps in and proceeds to humiliate the initial offender.
Did the person who made the racial slur or derogatory statement, deserve to be called out? Absolutely. But does shaming them really help them have a change of heart, or does it perpetuate the “us against them” story that we are so entrenched in right now? Read More
Hopefully you read Use Your Powers For Good, and identified your strengths to help you discover where you can be most effective in protecting the earth and her inhabitants from the challenges that we face. The next step is to figure out where to apply your talents.
In Coming Back to Life, Joanna Macy and Molly Brown write about the need to move beyond our current Industrial Growth Society and choose to move towards a Life-Sustaining Society, were we can meet our needs without destroying our life-support system. They call this shift The Great Turning.
The appointments of the incoming administration have given many people a sense of urgency as they try to steer the U.S. away from dire environmental, social, and economic threats which are the antithesis of a Life-Sustaining Society.
The three dimensions of The Great Turning, which are mutually reinforcing are: Read More