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The River is Us

Host: Joy Kreves
Location Name: Delaware Riverbank at Washington Crossing Park NJ
Wounded Place Type: Industry & Development | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | Waste
This is a Private event.
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Journey to the Spring

Host: Laurie Martinez Duncan
Location Name: Orlando, Florida
Wounded Place Type:
This is a Private event.
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Baseline Creep for the Black River

Host: Sasha Daucus
Location Name: Black River, Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Wounded Place Type: Animals + Birds + Insects | Climate change | Industry & Development | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | Plants | Trees | Waste
This is a Public event.
Pristine waterways are one of the hallmarks of the Ozarks and close-by regions. Though many of the rivers continue to be beautiful, are you noticing a decline in overall water, bank, and animal and insect life? You may tell yourself it’s still beautiful and that ‘it’s OK’ that it’s not the way it used to be… but which way is the trend of change going? This small gradual loss of quality is called ‘Baseline Creep’ where the norm of what we expect changes. Come bear witness to baseline creep for the Black River where it runs through Poplar Bluff, MO. How do you feel about the changes you may notice?
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Climate Change Communication Class Global Earth Exchange

Host: Joanna Huxster
Location Name: Eckerd College (South Beach)
Wounded Place Type: Climate change | Natural disasters | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | Plants | Trees
This is a Private event.
I teach a course every Spring semester entitled “Climate Change Communication.” At the end of the semester we talk about our own feelings of hopelessness and loss and how we can move past them. The Global Earth Exchange helps both me and my students feel like we are expressing our gratitude to our ecological community, and it helps us to heal a little bit from the psychological distress we are under with climate change. Our campus is on the water and is extremely vulnerable to sea level rise and hurricanes. My students are young people who have done so little in their own lifetimes to create the climate problem, and yet who will be disproportionately impacted in the future. We all need a little more beauty in our lives, and this event helps us create that.
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Cultivating Unity: Beauty and Land Gratitude

Host: Erin Schneider
Location Name: Madison area and Sauk County Wisconsin
Wounded Place Type: Animals + Birds + Insects | Climate change | Plants | Trees | Waste
This is a Private event.
Our act of beauty will be a mix of land gratitude and mandala making. A week prior to the event, our team will forage for natural materials and flowers found in our community, backyards, forests, etc. We will use the materials we find to inspire the shape of our mandala. Our team will build a skeleton of the mandala, and create a unique art piece as an offering to the land that has been wounded by neglect and pollution. Our mandala is symbolic of holding space to pay respect to the land, each other and offer beauty to the world we live in.
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Nature Connection & Living as a Witness to Life

Host: Judy Todd
Location Name: In the forest, along the river, at the foot of the mountain in the Pacific Northwest
Wounded Place Type: Animals + Birds + Insects | Climate change | Historic & Cultural Sites | Plants | Trees
This is a Private event.
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Bearing Witness: Valley Brook

Host: Jane Smith
Location Name: Fanny's Croft, Alsager
Wounded Place Type: Animals + Birds + Insects | Industry & Development | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | Trees | Waste
This is a Public event.
Valley Brook runs through Alsager and on towards Crewe, as it has done since time immemorial. But in recent decades it’s also become a waste depository for the relentless construction and development projects in the area, with little or no thought for the animals and insects that rely on Valley Brook or for the stream itself. Meeting at Fanny’s Croft car park at 11, we’ll take a gentle stroll along Valley Brook as a way of honouring the stream and the life it has supported, still supports and can support again. Please bring small natural gifts to leave at the brook if you’d like to.  
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Puri Lumbung Earth Exchange

Host: Trebbe Johnson
Location Name: Puri Lumbung Cottages
Wounded Place Type: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers
This is a Private event.
Puri Lumbung Cottages in the village of Munduk, northern Bali, has been participating in the Global Earth Exchange since the very first one. Their events have ranged from cleaning litter along the road, releasing a rehabilitated hawk, and making prayers for the Earth at a sacred ceremony. We eagerly await their contribution this year!
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Bearing Witness to Baseline Creep

Host: Harriet Sams
Location Name: Percy Beck, Barnard Castle
Wounded Place Type: Animals + Birds + Insects | Climate change | Historic & Cultural Sites | Plants | Trees
This is a Public event.
‘Baseline’ creep is a term that describes what we know to be the norm that is slowly changing. A good example is that of the nightingale; our grandparents would have heard its call frequently but now it is very rare. Now it is the song thrush that is becoming rare, and in our children’s lifetime it may be the common blackbird.   I invite you to come and attend this Global Earth Exchange to bear witness to this baseline creep, as it is happening in our own backyard. What birds do we hear? What is missing? What have we noticed that is gone, and what do we still have that we need to retain?
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Beauty in and for a Damaged Larch Forest

Host: Trebbe Johnson
Location Name: Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve, Thompson, PA
Wounded Place Type: Trees
This is a Public event.
A sudden and violent windstorm tore down many old larch trees in our nature preserve. What was once a trail among tall trees is now a labyrinth of upturned trunks. And yet there is a strange beauty to these trees, as their root systems are exposed and new plants take root in the clumps of soil. We will explore this contrary area of the forest, look for what’s strong and lovely and resilient there, have a meditation on brokenness and wholeness… and make a spontaneous gift of guerrilla beauty for the trees.
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