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Ecofeminism

By John Halstead

[Snip] The term “Ecofeminism” is believed to have been coined by the French writer Françoise d’Eaubonne in her 1974 book, Le Féminisme ou la Mort. Ecofeminism emerged in the 1970s and 1980s as the feminist and environmental movements intersected. The nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island prompted large numbers of women to . . . → Read More: Ecofeminism

Neo-Animism and Bioregionalism

By John Halstead

[Snip] Neo-Animism

“Neo-animism” posits that the world is full of other-than-human “persons”, including “salmon persons”, “tree person”, and even “rock persons”. The concept of personhood implies relationality and reciprocity, as well as rights. Neo-animists want to see the rights of all “persons” respected. The term “other-than-human” persons was coined in 1960 by . . . → Read More: Neo-Animism and Bioregionalism

Rachel Carson, “A Cry in the Wilderness that Changed the World”

By John Halstead

[Snip] In 1961, the Western world was witnessing an alarming decline in bird populations. Biologist Rachel Carson identified the cause: insecticides like DDT were poisoning food chains, from insects upwards. In her book, Silent Spring, Carson wrote:

“Over increasingly large areas of the United States, spring now comes unheralded by the return . . . → Read More: Rachel Carson, “A Cry in the Wilderness that Changed the World”

Aldo Leopold, “Thinking Like a Mountain”

By John Halstead

[Snip] Aldo Leopold was trained as a forester and became the founder of the new field of wildlife management. As a young man, Leopold went to work for the Forest Service in Arizona and New Mexico. During his career Leopold created the first comprehensive management plan for the Grand Canyon and wrote . . . → Read More: Aldo Leopold, “Thinking Like a Mountain”

John Muir, “Prophet of the Wilderness”

By John Halstead

[Snip] John Muir is one of the patron saints of the environmental movement. He was an early conservationist and the founder of the Sierra Club. He wrote extensively about his exploration of the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, merging his inspiring personal experience of the sublimity of the natural world with a . . . → Read More: John Muir, “Prophet of the Wilderness”

Greening Your Magics: Bones of the Earth

By Soli

A few days ago, I bought myself some new jewelry. I’d been feeling pulled to find some pink tourmaline and rutilated quartz, and succeeded. And I also succeeded, knowing full well what this post would be about.

I’ve loved semi-precious gemstones since I was a kid. And for a long time I have . . . → Read More: Greening Your Magics: Bones of the Earth

Ancient Irish Trees Brought Back to Life

By Darragh Murphy

Down towards Gougán Barra, where the remote wilds of west Cork meet the gentle slopes of the Lee valley, Ted Cook’s home seems like a relic from a forgotten era.

A pheasant keeps sentry out front, unperturbed by visitors. Behind the gate, the grassy driveway looks like it hasn’t seen a car . . . → Read More: Ancient Irish Trees Brought Back to Life

The Forgotten Gods of Nature

By Lupa Greenwolf

When you think of the gods of nature, who do you think of? Do you think of the Wiccan Lord and Lady (also beloved of many non-Wiccan pagans), she a long-haired woman wrapped in vines and fruits and grain, he a man hirsute and burly and surrounded by large, wild mammals? Do . . . → Read More: The Forgotten Gods of Nature

Locavorism as a Pagan Value

By Lupa Greenwolf

[Snip] Paganism has historically been a set of religions tied to the land one way or another. Very generally speaking, pagan religions either had their roots in forager-hunter cultures or agrarian ones (or hybrids of the two), and so the people’s relationship to the land and its denizens informed their spiritual beliefs . . . → Read More: Locavorism as a Pagan Value

Managing Nature

By Nimue Brown

Should we attempt to ‘manage’ nature or is it best to let the natural world take care of itself, and to avoid human intervention as far as possible? It’s an interesting question, and one I think it is worth poking around in a bit.

Firstly, for this to make sense, we have . . . → Read More: Managing Nature