How Wolves Change Rivers

Found this in a great article from kellybroganmd.com/feminism-and-the-election/

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No more new cars

I spent a little time searching for info on the possibility that we should, as a global community, stop making new cars. The idea doesn’t seem to be out there in the internet yet, most of the car info was industry trend reports and delight at how well the new car business has been doing over the last few years. I found this to support the proposal though:

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-16/where-worlds-unsold-cars-go-die

Check out Sheerness in England on the maps of google, take a minute to spot the enormous carpark on the coast.

My four-year-old just came over and said to me:
Why are there so many cars? Why are they all jammed in?

I explained that they are waiting to be sold, and there seem to be too many.

Her response:
Well, they should stop making them.

Uh huh.

 

The soil is who we are, and there are flowers on your head

A few more threads in the weave… I went searching for some new podcasts, and on one of those meanders that started at Expanding Mind with Erik Davis (thanks Laura!), leading through the Progressive Radio Network to Derrick Jensen’s Resistance Radio, and finding myself in the realms of the herbalists. Rosemary Gladstar’s name came up on For the Wild, and then I was drawn to the title of this episode, Nina Simons on the Holistic Endeavor of Shifting Culture. When I get super clear in these synchronous moments, I realise that my deepest commitment is to consciousness, and in particular the worldview shifts that the dominant culture needs to make to… to what? Save our planet/save ourselves/save our souls?

Nina Simons says at 15.30 “I have come to understand that there are as many ways to respond to the multiple, interdependent crises and challenges we face as there are human beings… and that communication is absolutely a form of activism, and so is raising children…”

At 31.20, she quotes Tiokasin Ghosthorse saying:

In my language, the word we use to describe the soil means, Who we used to be.

My ongoing love for language, art, activism, and my political insistence on the magical properties of my own daily life are symptoms of this deeper consciousness, though I find it easy to get lost in the busyness of the superficial, even with these commitments in place. And although there is a genre of eco-folk that seems to be required listening when researching interesting ecostuff, I even liked some of the music in this one:

[Note to podcast makers everywhere: if you have song you are considering for a musical interlude that starts with a freaky whisper, maybe don’t use it. You need to consider that you are in my head. I listen to podcasts when I am lying beside my little girl as she falls asleep. A freaky whisper in my head at the end of a normal human conversation is just frightening.]

From the podcast, I went on to check out Nina Simons’ project Bioneers. I found the art, and found the flowers.

Mud Baron