Interview with Beverly Ward
Northern Spirit Radio. July 2022.
In this episode of Northern Spirit Radio, Beverly Ward Southeastern Yearly Meeting Field Secretary talks about earthcare and justice with host Mark Helpsmeet.
Finding Hope and Connection in a Time of Climate Disruption By Shelley Tanenbaum
Friends Journal. May 1, 2022
“Let us be the ancestors our descendants will thank.” —Winona LaDuke
I am a part of nature, and nature is a part of me.
This is the core of how I have lived my life. It has guided me in what I do as a “public Friend”: how I witness my faith in the world and the choices I make (when I have choices) about food, housing, location, transportation, and vocation. It helped me decide whether or not to have children and how many. It gives me peace and solace when I need it.
A Hard Conversation about Humankind by the Population Working Group of Quaker Earthcare Witness
Friends Journal. May 1, 2022For most of us, it’s been very difficult to wrap our arms around the real drivers of our environmental crises. Might that be because we are an integral part of these drivers? Is this the classic elephant in the room? Are humans the elephant? If we look deeply into our Quaker mirror, we may well see that the answer is clearly yes to all three questions. The real drivers of the crises are population and consumption (affluence). So, yes, there are really two elephants, and we are in the picture! But these issues are truly immense, well beyond the scale of elephants. How could so many of us possibly continue to ignore them?
Speaking of Animacy by Mary Ann Percy
Western Friend. November 2021.
How delighted we are when our children first begin to talk! What a miracle, what a joy! I have felt that joy and sense of the miraculous when that little being, my young child, could finally begin to share with me their wishes, thoughts, feelings, questions, and more – the first time they “used their words.” Even then, however, I was also aware of the drawbacks of learning our “native” spoken language. In the case of my own children, the language was English, and in learning this, I knew they would automatically be “pre-programmed” with the world-view inherent in English. This would limit where their minds could travel, just as learning a different “mother tongue” would limit their minds in a different way.
The Work of Quaker Earthcare
Friends Journal. 2019.
The Earth is facing unprecedented crises. What are Quakers doing about it?
Integrity Investment by Shelley Tanenbaum, Kathy Barnhart, and Rick Herbert
Western Friend. January 2021.
“Imagine a billion dollars being taken out of fossil fuel development and more than a billion being put into renewable energy. This is exactly what the University of California (UC) did in 2020. What did it take for UC to divest from fossil fuels in such a big way?” Shelley Tanenbaum, Kathy Barnhart, Rick Herbert write in January 2021’s issue of Western Friend.
Breathing Safely By Kathy Barnhart
Friends Journal. December 1, 2020
“I can’t breathe.” My first thought is that these words, spoken by George Floyd, had also been spoken by countless Black people while they were being murdered by police. My second thought is that I can say this as I write from my comfortable middle-class, privileged home in California, though the air quality is too unhealthy to go outside: raging fires and smoke fill the West Coast, the result of global warming and drought.
A Vision from 2050 By Hayley Hathaway
Western Friend. March 2020.
“Our post-pandemic world was too upside down to work slowly within the system for incremental change. With fierce hopefulness, an intimate relationship with grief, and a new understanding of our power, we used our collective imagination to envision a societal transformation. Another world was possible. And we brought it to life.”
We’re Striking For 72 Hours This Earth Day — Are You Joining Us?
MTV News. Jan 13, 2020
‘This must be the decade of climate action, and this must be the year it begins’
In 100 days exactly, we will strike again. On April 22, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, young people and adults across the United States will once again take to the streets to demand climate action. Earth Day will launch three consecutive days of massive strikes, fulfilling our promise to take the climate strike movement beyond what we achieved on September 20.
Earth-Community Values & Money Dilemmas: Interview with Hayley Hathaway
Northern Spirit Radio. July 2018.
In this episode of Northern Spirit Radio, Hayley Hathaway talks about Earth-Community Values & Money Dilemmas with host Mark Helpsmeet.
Respect Is the Heartbeat of Standing Rock
By Shelley Tanenbaum
Friends Journal. February 1, 2017
Strange combinations of beauty and blight were everywhere when I set out for Standing Rock, North Dakota, home of the Lakota Sioux. I chose to travel by train in order to have the blessed time to prepare mentally and emotionally to be present at Standing Rock and to limit my carbon footprint…
Climate Change Among Nations: Interview with Shelley Tanenbaum and Judy Lumb
Northern Spirit Radio. August 2016.
While at FGC Gathering, Shelley Tanenbaum and Judy Lumb did a radio interview with Northern Spirit Radio for the show Spirit in Action. They shared their experiences at COP21 in Paris and at the FWCC Gathering in Pisac, Peru and talked about the Paris climate agreement and the Pisac FWCC Sustainability Minute.
Building Green: Interview with Roy Taylor
Northern Spirit Radio. July 2016.
Roy Taylor III and RT3 Architects help people & organizations live more sustainably on the Earth, with the wide range of building & renovation & life-style ideas that reduce our impact in terms of materials, energy, water, & more. This is far more than alternative energy, this is the full-system outlook.
Transition Towns and Faith: Interview with Ruah Swennerfelt
Northern Spirit Radio. July 2016.
Ruah Swennerfelt has lots of experience in the Transition Town movement, locally, regionally, religiously, nationally, and internationally, and has now written of much of it in Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement & People of Faith. Ruah helps us map the way forward to resilience of environment, energy, & lifestyle.
Nicaragua Inter-oceanic Canal: No! An Interview with Tere Campos and Brad Stocker
Northern Spirit Radio. August 2, 2015.
Don’t know about the planned (and underway) Nicaragua Inter-oceanic Canal? Tere Campos, Nicaraguan native, and her husband, Brad Stocker, are working to put out the word about this potentially disastrous plan which would put at risk the 9th largest lake of the Americas, and much more. Tere & Brad are deeply steeped in environmental concerns, SEYM’s Earthcare Committee, and ProNica, and Brad has a Post-doc certificate in ecology & human spirit.
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