Even as many challenging problems assault the Earth, both locally and globally, a growing number of dedicated, visionary people and organizations are offering fascinating ways to get involved in creating solutions. Here are a few of our favorites:
Australian philosopher and professor who coined the term solastalgia, meaning “the pain experienced when there is recognition that the place where one resides and that one loves is under immediate assault . . . a form of homesickness one gets when one is still at home.” (video)
For 25 years, Bioneers has been a seed head for game-changing social and scientific vision, knowledge and practices advancing a great transformation in human civilization. Bioneers has acted as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.
CharityFocus is an experiment in the joy of giving. Our services enable inspired people to contribute in meaningful ways to the world around them. Together, they hope to “be the change we wish to see in the world.”
Church of the Woods
Church of the Woods, led by Rev. Stephen Blackmer, is a church whose architecture is the woods and wetlands, “a place where the earth itself, rather than a building, is the bearer of sacredness; a place where people gather for contemplative practice in communion with each other and nature.”
Conscious Elders Network (CEN)
CEN is an educational, non-profit organization fostering a budding movement of vital elders, dedicated to growing in consciousness while actively addressing the demanding challenges facing our country. They work inter-generationally for social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and sound governance, bringing together talents and resources in service to the goal of preserving and protecting life for all generations to come.
Extinction Witness is a collaborative personal and planetary peacekeeping project engaged in creative witness to loss and pain toward suffering’s end with resolve to forward a universally compassionate marketplace.
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On the first Tuesday in December each year, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
Mind the Heart
Mind the Heart is a worldwide public art project by Israeli artists Maya Gelfman & Roie Avidan that promotes mindfulness through site-specific street art, public actions, community events and lectures. Their street installations are created on site with few ingredients—red yarn, shoe-box lids, duct-tape, treated foam.
Nature Connect NW
The purpose of NatureConnect NW is to foster and empower kinship with Earth and all her creatures. Our vision is humanity living according to Nature’s guidance, in harmony with the web of life.
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OHVEC)
OHVEC was founded in 1987 to stop a toxic waste dump/incinerator proposed for a low-income community near Huntington, West Virginia. They won that campaign. By supporting organized voices and empowered communities, they’ve been winning environmental and social justice campaigns ever since.
Postcards for the Earth
If you could write a postcard to the Earth, what would you say? Writing a postcard to a favorite place in nature invites us to pause in our busy lives, remember our connection to the earth, and take action through expression.
Powers of Place Initiative
We believe that places are alive. We suggest that when human beings believe that, and act in ways that respect and value what places bring, the partnership becomes a powerful force toward great good in the world. We have established the Powers of Place Initiative to gather, organize and make visible knowledge, people, organizations and places already working in ways that demonstrate the power of the partnership and to share what they know with others.
Remembrance Day for Lost Species
Remembrance Day for Lost Species—November 30th every year—is a chance to learn and tell the stories of lost and disappearing species, and to renew commitments to those remaining. Anyone can participate with any kind of species memorial event or activity.
School for Creative Activism
The School for Creative Activism is a participatory workshop infusing community organizing and civic engagement with culture and creativity.
The Work That Reconnects
Inspired and led by the work of eco-philosopher, author, and scholar of Buddhism, Joanna Macy, The Work That Reconnects creates both a theoretical framework for personal and social change and a powerful workshop methodology for its application.