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Reflections on Climate Change through the Eyes of a Nature Evolutionary

Focusing on the temperature increase or reducing greenhouse gases is only a small part of the issue.  It is the allopathic approach to environmental health.  Let’s suppress or eliminate what appears to be the greatest symptom and ignore everything else.  We need a holistic approach, one that recognizes that the symptoms of polluted water, polluted air, deforestation, farmer suicides, even increase in autoimmune diseases, depression, poverty, and malnutrition are all connected.  They are all symptoms of the same underlying cause: separation of humans from Nature and the destruction of our Home.

As I said earlier, it is time for a paradigm shift.  It is time for us to re-member that we are Nature.

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Climate Marches

"There are lots of simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint…{car pooling, using public transportation, more efficient light bulbs, fewer plane trips}

In the end, though, experts do not believe the needed transformation in the energy system can happen without strong state and national policies. So speaking up and exercising your rights as a citizen matters as much as anything else you can do.”

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Religion, Justice, and the Air we Breathe

Here I was in Mother India, home of Yoga and Pranayama, but stepping out my hotel door in Delhi, I felt I could barely breathe....It’s not that people in modern India are less holy or value less the preciousness of life-giving air. Rather, what I was experiencing was a symptom of what Pope Francis has recently and powerfully pointed out—the injustice of climate change. Put simply, the populations who suffer most from pollution and global climate change (mostly in the global south), are often those least responsible for creating it.

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Purification Breaths of the Elements

EARTH element—breathe naturally in through the nose and out though the nose, five breaths contemplating the element of earth. Feel the healing power, firmness, patience, stability and sanity of the earth.

WATER element—breath naturally in through the nose, out through the mouth. Five breaths. Feel purification, generosity, creativity, flowing around obstacles. Feel the love element flowing.

FIRE element—breathe naturally in through the mouth, out through the nose. Five breaths. Feel inspiration, passion, transmuting and transforming emotions.

AIR element—breathe naturally in through the mouth, out through the mouth. Five breaths. Contemplate freedom, lightness, ecstasy and joy.

 

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Nature's Balance, Man's Imbalance

In 2010 I joined 11 other artists in the Boston area. We called ourselves “The Time Project” and would meet monthly to show each other our creations, give each other critiques, and provide support for the experimental art that we had all chosen to undertake.

My subject was the state of our environment with a special emphasis on Climate Change which was particularly compelling because it is so multi- layered. I decided to accompany each piece with a written story in an attempt to inform the viewer about the many dangerous aspects of this complicated story, while at the same time, luring them into a safe place through the aesthetic interest found within each piece.

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Dirty Movies

To understand more deeply the intricacies of the human/soil relationships, we can immerse ourselves in the book Dirt, the Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, by William Bryant Logan, and/or watch the magnificent documentary film inspired by this book: Dirt, the Movie. (www.dirtthemovie.org ) And to wholeheartedly enter the elegant and multifaceted realm of Dirt, we can go on to view The Symphony of the Soil (www.symphonyofthesoil.com) a film by Deborah Koons Garcia, which brings science, art and activism to bear on the long, long history of soil.

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The Wonder of Soil

I meditated on Soil. What does Soil contain, how is Soil made? Who lives in Soil? The more I followed this, the more amazed I was. I began to think of all the Plants, Animals, and Humans who were on this property for centuries and how they contributed to the Soil. I thought of the Rocks and Stones who were ground down over eons by the Waters. I started seeing the miracle of Soil.

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Soil in Science and Poetry

Poets and scientists have both developed a refined sense of observation of the physical/natural world.  Scientists can use this sharpened skill of observation to de-mystify and bring understanding to the mechanisms of the physical world. Poets can use their heightened sense of observation to transform the physical and allow us transcend what we might otherwise overlook as mundane.

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