is to address environmental issues by cultivating a sense of wonder in nature through ecoliteracy programs, habitat support, and diverse sustainability initiatives.
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Wonder pulls you across the threshold into the anima mundi or soul-ful world. This is a place where gratitude and respect are held for the uniqueness of all beings. The natural world is recognized for its gifts of nourishment, shade, shelter, friendship, and beauty. It is here we realize the community and commonality in all things.
A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.
-Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder
Globally, we are losing biodiversity at an alarming rate. Some say humans have agreed to a way of living, so crazy, it cannot sustain itself. They say humans are destroying their own home and harming vital life support systems.
Many of us are aware that things need to change but get overwhelmed and discouraged at the scale and intensity of "solving the problem".
Earth Wonder is all about reorienting our perspective to the ripple effect we have in our daily lives, rooted in the present moment. It's about cultivating a relationship with plants and animals that makes us fundamentally shift how we relate to the natural world and therefore shift behaviors.
When we open up to the experience of wonder, we allow a spark of hope to rekindle and let curiosity and awe lead us forward.
Here's the thing...
humans are just as capable of giving as we are of taking. Despite how easy it is to paint a gloom and doom scenario when considering environmental issues, there are other ways to frame the painting!
Earth elders have been saying for generations that it is through relationship that balance and harmony can emerge.
I love to ask questions about reciprocity. In my graduate studies, my fundamental research question was,
"How can humans help the land?"
Studying soil helped me shift into a reciprocal view between humans and the land we walk on. We do not need to save (or even sustain) the earth, but we do need to lift to a world rooted in respect and reciprocal action.
If you find yourself wondering how you can give back and what you can do in your own life to make a difference, we are meant to work together!