Tag: Global Earth Exchange

Radical Joy for the Ohio River

The Ohio River is the most polluted river in the United States. For decades, our river, which serves as a water source for 3-5 million people, has suffered due air deposition, pollution run-off and waste disposal from power plants, coal mining, chemical, manufacturing and agricultural industries. The latest threat comes from the oil and gas industries’ fracking of the Marcellus, Utica and other deep shale formations.  Additionally, the oil and gas industry disposes of its radioactive wastes both underground and in landfills adjacent to the Ohio River, threatening drinking water supplies beyond our lifetime. Construction of pipelines under the Ohio River for the transportation of gas and liquid gas products are also underway or in the planning phase. Fish advisories are numerous on many segments of the Ohio River.  We know our river is in dire straits when we cannot eat the fish!

During this 2018 Global Earth Exchange, we will gather at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington, West Virginia, to be in solidarity with the Ohio River. We will meet near the boat ramp to tell stories about our connection to and concerns for the river, sing songs to the river, do readings and make art as a gift to honor the Ohio River.

The Ohio River, which has given us so much life, needs and deserves our love and acknowledgment of a deeper connection, more now than ever.This Global Earth Exchange 2018 is co-sponsored by the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC), Marshall University Native American Student Organization, Four-pole Creek Watershed Association, and Tri-State Water Defense.


Red Lily Pond’s Global Earth Exchange for 2017 will be held on Saturday the 24th of June at 4 PM. The sight is the gazebo on Red Lily Pond behind the Craigville Inn.

Honoring a Clearcut on the Ashokan Reservoir

On the NYC Department of Environmental Protection land surrounding the Ashokan Reservoir, which provides water to New York City, there is a monument to the chief engineer on the project, J. Waldo Smith.  This monument was set up in the 1930’s.  Those who erected it also planted a ceremonial stand of sturdy pines, perhaps long pole pines.   Over this past fall and winter they have all been felled by the DEP, supposedly because they were old and diseased.  They didn’t look diseased to us, and we are going to spend some time there on June 24 to feel the devastation of this spot as well as its beauty, and create a healing symbol.

Climbing & Beauty

This year, instead of organizing a Global Earth Exchange close to my home in Salt Lake City, I’ll be climbing City of Rocks National Monument in Idaho. I will find a way to commemorate the day and be a part of the activity on June 17. (Private event)

Church of the Woods

Join us at Church of the Woods for a celebration of renewal and restoration of ourselves and the Earth. Church of the Woods is a spiritual community in the Franciscan Christian tradition that emphasizes communion with God and the Earth. We will gather in the forest, read from sacred texts, enter into silence in the woods, and create a sacred circle for the celebration of communion as we pray for the restoration of this place, logged heavily many times, and for ourselves.