The Earth Exchange

The Earth gives generously! The Earth Exchange gives us a chance to give back!

No matter where we live, there are places we love that have fallen on hard times: rivers that are polluted, meadows paved over to make a mall… even the tree in your own backyard killed by invasive insects.

There are many ways to make a little beauty for a wounded place. You can sing for it, bow to it, say a prayer for it. You can hug a tree, place flowers on the locked gate of a contaminated site, or paint a picture of this wounded place.

You can give your gift of beauty to this place alone or with a group. You can do it spontaneously or plan weeks in advance. You don’t need to be an artist, you don’t need to haul in materials, you don’t need to mobilize. There are many ways to make beauty for a wounded place and, as we like to say, 10 Ways You Can’t Do It Wrong!

Click here for our Toolkit, filled with ideas and information for making beauty at a wounded place you care about.

One way to give beauty to a place is to do a simple process called an Earth Exchange.

These are the 5 suggested steps of an Earth Exchange:

  1. Go, alone or with friends, to a wounded place.
  2. Sit awhile and share your stories about what the place means to you.
  3. Get to know the place as it is now.
  4. Share with the others what you discovered.
  5. Make a simple gift of beauty—often a bird made of materials the place itself provides