Saturday, June 16, was our 9th annual Global Earth Exchange—
the day when people around the world go to damaged and endangered places
and make simple gifts of beauty for them! 

Click on the map pins below to discover all the creative ways that people gave art and attention to the places they love! Click here to see photos and read the stories. And become part of People Binding the Earth all year long.

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Radical Joy for Hard Times is a global network of people who believe that making beauty is an act of resistance to the prevailing domination of the Earth.

We recognize that what hurts the places and creatures we love hurts us humans as well. We are willing to carry in our hearts the burden of these enormous wounds to the Earth—and through attending to them discover creativity, friendship, empowerment, and yes, even joy.

We go to these places because we love them as we love a dear friend who is ill, and we spend time with them, listening to the land and to one another. We celebrate the sense of belonging and community that result when we turn something ugly into something beautiful through our collective, creative gifts for these places. Our stories bear testimony to the power of our work. As we share this experience of finding and making beauty in wounded places, we discover how we are connected in the deep common ground beneath our hearts.