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10 Years of Global Earth Exchanges

In 2010 the Radical Joy for Hard Times team launched their new organization by inviting people to go to places they loved that had been hurt and make a simple, spontaneous gift of beauty for them. The response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic and diverse: from a scientist in Antarctica grieving a melting glacier to a puppet play for a polluted river in Vermont, from a traditional ceremony in Bali to a new home in Colorado with a troubled past. Ever since, the Global Earth Exchange has been an annual event. This book, featuring stories and photos of some of the many events that have unfolded over ten years, as told by the people who created them, is a moving and inspiring testament to how the relationship between people and place is enduring, deeply emotional, and endlessly creative.

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Finding Meaning and Making Beauty in Earth’s Broken Places

Ever had that sick feeling when you see a clear-cut forest or mountain top destroyed for mining? Do you grieve when you pass a street corner where an act of violence occurred? Often, we respond simply by abandoning these places, as if they no longer count. Or else we work so feverishly to restore them to a state somewhere between what we remember and what we long for, that we fail to pay attention to how they look now—and how they affect us. In her new book Trebbe Johnson presents a passionate, pioneering new approach. Choosing to respond to the loss of loved places in a way that opens us up to our sorrow and then expresses our gratitude with stories, mindful gazing, and spontaneous creativity offers a meaningful, vital, and even joyful path through the hard times we face on Earth.

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“It’s a great vision that Trebbe Johnson is sending out into the world, and it is very much her own. The great central truth of what she is doing is the very hard lesson for all of us in our lives, and yet it is our blessing.”

Radical Joy birdW. S. MERWIN, former poet laureate of the United States

“Trebbe Johnson’s idea is a revolutionary one and imperative in this possibly late phase of our relationship with the only planet we have: to look directly at loss. This manifesto is a song—not a dirge, but a symphony with all the complexity and emotion our home, the ever-creative Earth, calls forth.”

Radical Joy birdMELISSA HOLBROOK PIERSON, author of The Place You Love Is Gone
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101 Ways to Make Guerrilla Beauty

For most people, places that have become damaged through human or natural events are nothing but eyesores, best avoided if no official agency has some kind of plan to clean them up. But it’s possible to discover meaning and vitality in a clear-cut forest, a mountaintop flattened by coal mining, or a street corner where violence occurred. We do this by visiting these places and making “guerrilla beauty” for them—anonymous, bold, spontaneous tokens of gratitude or consolation. Each of the 101 Ways to Make Guerrilla Beauty offered here is easy to do, whether you’re alone, with a friend, or with a group. They don’t require advance planning, expert advice, or special tools. Trebbe Johnson’s simple practices reflect a profound and innovative approach to surviving the environmental problems every one of us is facing, but to thriving in the midst of them.

“Taking time out to allow ourselves to see, feel and respond to the wounded places in the world is not necessarily easy, but these marvelous exercises help us do just that. 101 Ways to Make Guerrilla Beauty will inspire and transform you — and the world will thank you!”

Radical Joy birdFr. Claire Hayes, Dublin, Ireland, Author of Finding Hope in the Age of Anxiety

“Trebbe’s inspirations for bringing beauty, creativity, and spontaneous ritual to the land will be of benefit to those new to earth reverence, as well as those with years of experience taking care of the earth. Highly recommended!”

Radical Joy birdDaniel Foor, PhD, Asheville, North Carolina, Author of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing
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